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Top Questions When Buying Antifouling Boat Paint

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Top Questions When Buying Antifouling Boat Paint

Seasonal boat maintenance should include restoring the antifouling properties on your boat’s hull and bottom. This is true for every watercraft, from inflatables to pontoon boats. However, be aware that boat bottom paint is not a one-type-suits-all proposition. The first step will be to determine which antifouling boat paint is right for your vessel.

Wholesale Marine has made it easy for anyone to determine the correct product to buy. We’ve prepared a Paint Selection Guide for our customers. Just answer a few simple questions, and you’ll receive a selection of paints that are the correct type for your boating needs.

Take the Guesswork Out of Selecting Boat Bottom Paint

To begin, what type of water is your boat in? Just select from either fresh, salt, or brackish water. Next, tell us the material your boat hull is constructed from, the choices are aluminum, fiberglass, steel, or wood. Last, tell us which type of paint you are looking for, hard, ablative, ablative self-polishing, thin-film, or water-based. If you’re not sure you have several options. Hard bottom boat paints provide a tough coating that does not wear away. However, it eventually loses its effectiveness and must be reapplied. These are generally used on boats that remain in the water year ‘round. Ablative boat bottom paints have layers that gradually wear away over time. These type of paints are generally recommended for boats that are in drydock at least one month a year. Once you input your last selection, you’ll be directed to the right boat bottom paints to maintain your craft.

The third option is to call the boating experts on staff at Wholesale Marine. We have the knowledge and enthusiasm for all things nautical and will be glad to assist you in making your selection. There’s no guesswork involved, just give us a call at: (877) 388-2628. 

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