Nov 23, 2005, 2:11 PM
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What is the hardest, fastest, and longest lasting bottom paint out there for cold (50-55 degree) saltwater? The last couple of bottoms on my 33-footer have been Baltoplate. Itís very hard, it sands out great, itís super smooth, and it starts to loose its anti-fouling ability in about 6 months. It requires a lot of scrubbing, and it lasts a maximum of 2 years. Before that I had VC Offshore, which had similar speed characteristics, but seemed to have better antifouling capability. However, the boatyard I use had some problems spraying it, and they switched all their race customers to Baltoplate. Before that, I had a tin ablative paint which was wonderful, but was banned by the EPA years ago.
Bottom Paint - what is fastest?
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Iíve heard that putting ground up tetracycline pills in the paint increases its life and antifouling ability. Does this really work? Does it create adhesion or smoothness problems in the paint? Has anyone put it in Baltoplate? How much should you use? I also heard that Star Brite has an additive called Compound X that claims to double the life of bottom paint. (I also heard that the active ingredient in Compound X was tetracycline hydrochloride, which sounds like the ground up pills.) Has anyone tried this / how did it work?