Best bottom paint to use for a trailered boat

jimbo

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I will be splashing my retirement job shortly and I was wondering which antifouling paint to use. I plan on trailering for the first year or two, but eventually getting a mooring. it is an 18.ft. F/G uncored. Has anyone had any experience with the new water biased bottom paint?​
 

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Try the Pettit Hydrocoat, it is water based and fairly hard multi season ablative paint that should hold up to bouncing on and off the trailer.
 

Ernie

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Try the Pettit Hydrocoat, it is water based and fairly hard multi season ablative paint that should hold up to bouncing on and off the trailer.
I second Pettit hydro coat
Just be sure to correctly de wax your bottom and prep either 80 grit sand or use the Pettit bottom prep
 

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I third the Pettit hydrocoat. If the bottom has never been painted, I would suggest researching if it needs a base coat. Used the hydrocoat for over 10 years on my Shamrock. No sanding. Cleans up with a hose and green pad. Brushes clean with water. Can paint over thru hull transducers as they require water base paint.
 

RobBaker

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My Eastern Sisu 22 came from the factory with a west marine water base paint. I trailer my boat and this product works for me.
 

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If it was me I wouldn't put ablative paint on a trailered boat. That stuff is miserable, looks like crap and gets all over you every time you have to crawl under the boat for trailer maintenance or retrieve the a frisbee your kids through under there or whatever.

Not to highjack the thread, but does anyone know how to get ablative paint off? Is there a cleaner that might work well with a pressure washer? I'd love to get all my bottom paint off so I could paint the bottom with regular hull paint.

If you're going to trailer the boat for a while, would it make sense to delay paining the bottom until you need it? That way if things change and you don't end up putting it on a mooring, you won't have made a not easily reversible mistake.
 
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