- Feb 18, 2015
- First Name
- Boat Make
- 38 Holland
I used it with their shark white color,so far so goodBLUF: The net savings of better paints that give you a FULL two years of coverage make them worth the up-front cost.
This year, I had some supply chain challenges sourcing my normal paint: Interlux Micron CF (copper free). So, I went back to the old standby we had used in the past, Interlux Micron CSC.
We have gotten superior results with both—two full years. A few years ago I switched to copper free to protect the seafood food chain in the Chesapeake Bay. Neither of these paints are inexpensive. However, we have tried less expensive brands and these slightly higher products are the only ones that give me a full two years performance in the Chesapeake Bay without ever having to employ a diver or do a short haul during that timeframe. With less expensive bottom paints in the past, we had to do an annual diver service to keep the bottom clean. I buy our paints from Defender.com. And I receive the modest member discount that we signed up for (and pay for annually).
On their website today, Micron CSC sells for $219 per gallon and the copper free CF is $243 a gallon. Interlux runs a mail-in rebate of $20 per gallon this time of year so the net price is even less.
Bottom line: I don’t know that there is a truly effective bargain price bottom paint—we have tried them and we’re disappointed. At approximately ~$200 per gallon, we enjoy the highly advanced chemistry and expensive additives that make these paints so effective for a FULL two years— We keep our boat in the water year round. Eliminating the need to do a short haul or diver service makes the overall net effect of this seemingly more expensive paint upfront result in a very very inexpensive total-duration bottom job because we avoid the expense of the divers. Note: The copper free paint is a little thicker to apply, so it took a full 3 gallons to cover our legacy 42. The micron CSC covers better, and we only used 2 1/2 gallons. These photos are of the Micron CF when I hauled this spring after two years—photos taken BEFORE pressure washing. Other than a little slime: zero growth.
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