APPLICATION DATA METHOD: Brush, Roller, Airless or Conventional Spray
NUMBER OF COATS: 2-3
DRY FILM THICKNESS PER COAT: 2 mils (4 wet mils)
COVERAGE: 400 sq. ft/gal.
APPLICATION TEMP: 40°F Min. / 90°F Max.
*The above dry times are minimums. Vivid Free may be recoated after the minimum time shown. There is no maximum dry time before launching
PREVIOUSLY PAINTED SURFACES: If the previous coating is in good condition, thoroughly sand with 80 grit paper then solvent clean with 120 Brushing Thinner to remove residue. Apply two ﬁ nish coats of Vivid Free. If the previous coating is soft or in poor condition, remove to the bare surface by sanding or using a paint & varnish remover. Proceed with appropriate bare system as described below. Old tin copolymers should be sealed with Pettit 6627 Tie Coat Primer before applying Vivid Free.
BARE FIBERGLASS: All bare ﬁ berglass, regardless of age, should be thoroughly cleaned several times with Pettit 95 Dewaxer or 120 Brushing Thinner. Sand thoroughly with 80 grit sandpaper to a dull, frosty ﬁ nish and rewash the sanded surface with 95 Fiberglass Dewaxer or 120 Brushing Thinner to remove sanding residue. Then apply two coats of Vivid Free following application instructions. Careful observation of the above instructions will help ensure long term adhesion of this and subsequent years’ antifouling paint. To eliminate the sanding operation, wash the ﬁ berglass three times using Pettit 95 Dewaxer only. Then apply one coat of Pettit 6999 Sandless Primer or one coat of 6998 Skip Sand. Consult the appropriate primer label for complete application and antifouling topcoating instructions. Apply two or three coats of Vivid Free.
BARRIER COAT: Fiberglass bottoms potentially can form osmotic blisters within the gelcoat and into the laminate. To render the bottom as water impermeable as possible, prepare the ﬁ berglass surface as mentioned above (sanding method) then apply three coats of Pettit Protect 4700/4701 High Build Epoxy Primer or Vivid Epoxy Primer 4100/4101 per label directions. Apply two or three ﬁ nish coats of Vivid Free
BLISTERED FIBERGLASS: See Pettit Technical Bulletin TB-1000 Gelcoat Blister Repair and Prevention Speciﬁ cation for detailed instructions.
BARE WOOD: Sand entire surface with 80 grit paper; wash clean with 120 Brushing Thinner. Apply a coat of Vivid Free thinned 25% with 120 Brushing Thinner, allow an overnight dry, lightly sand and wipe clean. Apply two ﬁ nish coats of Vivid Free.
ALUMINUM: Abrade the surface to clean, bright metal by sandblasting, sanding, or wire-brushing. Blow-off or vacuum off sanding residue so that surface is clean and dry, then immediately apply one coat of Aluma Protect 4400/4401 Aluminum Epoxy Primer. Let dry four hours (at 70°F) and apply a second coat of Aluma Protect 4400/4401 then follow with two coats of Pettit Protect 4700/4701 High Build Epoxy Primer or Vivid Epoxy Primer 4100/4101 allowing 3 to 18 hours drying between coats (at temperatures of 70°F). After the second coat of Pettit Protect or Vivid Epoxy Primer has been applied, wait 5 to 8 hours, no more, no less, and apply the ﬁ rst coat of Vivid Free. Apply one or two additional coats of Vivid Free.
STEEL HULLS: Sandblast or disc sand to a clean, bright ﬁ nish and remove residue with clean, dry compressed air or a clean brush. Immediately apply three coats of Pettit 4700/4701 High Build Epoxy Primer. Read and follow carefully the instructions on the 4700/ 4701 Epoxy Primer label. If the surface to be painted will be prepared using hand tools such as wire wheels or sanders, clean-off residue and immediately apply one coat of Pettit 6980 Rustlok Steel Primer. Let dry 1-2 hours and follow with two coats of 4700/ 4701 High Build Epoxy Primer. Read and follow carefully the instructions for application and topcoating on both primer labels. Apply two or three ﬁ nish coats of Vivid Free.
KEELS - LEAD: Abrade surface to bright metal; clean off residue. Apply one thin coat of 6455/044 Metal Primer; allow to dry 8 hours (at 70°F). Apply one coat of 4700/4701 High Build Epoxy Primer or Vivid Epoxy Primer 4100/4101 then, if fairing is required, apply Epoxy Fairing Compound. Follow with an additional coat of 4700/4701 High Build Epoxy Primer per label directions. Apply two or three ﬁ nish coats of Vivid Free.
KEELS - STEEL OR CAST IRON: Abrade surface to bright metal; clean off residue. Apply one coat of 6980 Rustlok Steel Primer, allowing to dry only 1-2 hours prior to overcoating with one coat of 4700/4701 High Build Epoxy Primer. Then, if fairing is required, apply Epoxy Fairing Compound followed by two additional coats of 4700/4701 High Build Epoxy Primer then ﬁ nish with two or three coats of Vivid Free.
APPLICATION INFORMATION: Vivid Free may exhibit settling of pigment especially if the paint has been on the shelf for several months. It is necessary to thoroughly mix the paint before using. If possible, shake the can of paint on a mechanical paint shaker. Before using, check the sides and bottom of the can to make sure all the pigment has been mixed in. If mixing is going to be done with a wooden paddle or an electric drill mixer, pour off half of the liquid from the top of the can into another can and then properly mix in any settled pigment; then remix the two parts together thoroughly. Adhere to all application instructions, precautions, conditions, and limitations to obtain optimum performance. Refer to individual labels and tech sheets for detailed instructions when using associated products, etc. Vivid Free is a high solids product. Do not apply this paint in thick ﬁ lms or in more than four coats as poor adhesion may result. When applying by roller use a short nap (3/16 inch maximum) roller cover. Product can be thinned up to 10% (12 ounces per gallon) without any loss in performance. Do not thin beyond your state’s compliant limit.
MAINTENANCE: No antifouling paint can be effective under all conditions of exposure. Man made pollution and natural occurrences can adversely affect antifouling paint performance. Extreme hot and cold water temperatures, silt, dirt, oil, brackish water and even electrolysis can ruin an antifouling paint. Therefore, we strongly suggest that the bottom of the boat be checked regularly to make sure it is clean and that no growth is occurring. Lightly scrub the bottom with a soft brush to remove anything from the antifouling paint surface. Scrubbing is particularly important with boats that are idle for extended periods of time. The coating is most effective when the boat is used periodically.