Waverider has the deep dark secret of how to get "long life" out of almost any bottom paint
. As the active anti-foulant ingredient - usually copper these days - is consumed doing its job, it leaves behind an empty "matrix" of epoxy
that is covering the next layer of active material. Only physical cleaning
and scrubbing with a ScotchBrite pad or one of those versions with the handle will remove the "dead/empty" matrix and bring the next layer of active material into play. From my bottom paint
lasting maybe a year and a half to two years - when I started scrubbing the bottom with the handled scub pad I now get over 3 years to almost 4 years between bottom jobs.
- - As to cayene pepper, etc. they do not work
. The "gringo" barnacles
leave and are replaced by the "Mexicano" and "Latino" barnacles who love that stuff. If you are outside 1st world countries you can buy the TBT Booster in a little glass jar and add that to your favorite bottom paint
and supposedly increase its effectiveness.