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Interlux VC-17M Extra Antifouling Bottom Paint

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Interlux VC-17M Extra Antifouling Boat Bottom Paint

VC-17m is specially formulated to reduce or eliminate two enemies of racing boats: friction and drag. VC17m quickly dries to a hard, super smooth, racing finish that would normally take days of laborious sanding. c is also recommended for use on inflatables. This superior antifouling bottom paint is formulated with metallic copper to offer complete protection against zebra mussels, teredo worms, weeds, algae, and slime fouling. This bottom paint provides optimal protection in freshwater or low fouling saltwater. One coat of Interlux VC-17m bottom paint is eight times thinner than traditional paint, to eliminate film build-up. It’s quick-drying for fast re-launch, therefore minimal downtime.


  • Interlux VC-17m bottom paint provides thin film antifouling protection- ideal for racing sailboats and powerboats
  • Fluoro micro-additive produces low friction
  • Best for use in fresh and low-fouling salt water
  • Recommended for Inflatables
  • Biolux Technology will block both slime and algae growth

Pack Size: 1 US Quart. Not Available in Gallons.

Colors Available: YBA405 Original Brown, YBA406 Blue, YBA407 Red

Interlux VC-17M Extra Color Swatches

Note: VC 17m Extra changes color after several weeks of immersion.

  • YBA405 (Original): At application - copper bronze. Changes to brownish gray.
  • YBA406 (Blue): At application - dark copper bronze. Changes to dark blue.
  • YBA407 (Red): At application - reddish copper bronze. Changes to bright burnt red.

Associated Products:

Product Compatibility: Interlux VC 17m is compatible with all antifouling paints. For best results from  VC 17m antifouling bottom paint, be sure to first remove all soft paints and any paint in poor condition. Hard paints that are in good condition may be overcoated with VC 17m but must be sanded thoroughly to a smooth surface prior to applying VC 17m. Sand first with 80-grit sandpaper and work successively up the grades to 320-grit sandpaper.

How to Apply Interlux VC17M Extra

In low fouling, cold saltwater, three coats are applied the first season, then two coats each season after. For boats in freshwater, apply two coats initially, then one coat every season thereafter.

  • Application Method: Airless Spray or Roller
  • Number of Coats: 2 Coats Minimum
  • Coverage: 85 sq. ft. / quart (roller)
  • Application Temp: 45°F Min. / 95°F Max.
  • Thinner: Interlux 216 Special Thinner 10% by volume maximum

Apply VC17m Extra using a short nap roller or 4-6" airless spray gun (full pressure, 60-70 thou. tip). For rollers, add up to 10% thinner for ease of application. If rolling, use small amounts poured into a steel roller tray. Roll quickly and in one direction only. If using a sprayer, keep the nozzle 6-8 inches from the hull. NOTE: Do not use conventional spray equipment as this may result in dry spray.

Dry Times

Temp Touch Dry Overcoating Time Launch Time
59°F 5 mins 10 mins 20 mins
73°F 3 mins 10 mins 15 mins
95°F 2 mins 10 mins 10 mins

Surface Preparation

Surfaces previously painted with VC 17m Extra with Biolux do not need to be sanded. 

Previously Painted Surfaces: 

  • Surface must be clean and dry prior to application of VC 17m Extra with Biolux. Sand areas that are loose or flaking with 320 grade (grit) paper.
  • Clean with Special Thinner 216. With conventional antifouling paint Removal is best but if this is not possible, start sanding with 80 grade (grit) paper and progressively sand with finer grades until the final sanding with 320 grade (grit).
  • Remove sanding residue.

Bare Fiberglass:

  • Begin by scrubbing well using soap and water and a stiff brush.
  • Rinse with fresh water. Wipe with Fiberglass Solvent Wash 202.
  • Sand with 320 grade (grit) paper. Wipe clean.

Bare Wood:

  • Wipe clean. Sand surface with 80-100 grit sandpaper and remove sanding residue.

Steel Hulls:

  • (Keels & Hulls) Blast to near white metal surface (Sa 2½).
  • Clean thoroughly with Fiberglass Solvent Wash 202
  • Overcoat within one hour with InterProtect 2000E thinned 10-15% with Reducing Solvent 2316N

Application Information

  • Performance of the paint relies directly on the care taken in surface preparation, the application technique, and the number of coats applied.
  • It is important for performance to ensure that uniform film is achieved and the recommended number of coats are applied
  • Apply to clean, dry, properly prepared surfaces only. Bare surfaces must be sanded.
  • Do not apply VC 17m Extra with Biolux over graphite antifoulings. Do not apply over soft antifouling paints.
  • Do not apply VC 17m Extra with Biolux over aluminum.

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Google Product Type:
Paint Type:
Thin Film Antifouling
Number of Seasons:
Multi Season
Antifouling Type:
Copper Based
Is Boat Trailerable:
Hull Material:
Fiberglass, Steel, Wood
Water Type:
Brackish Water, Fresh Water
Rebate Center:
Rebate Available


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