Pettit ECO HRT Copper-Free Bottom Paint

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Pettit ECO Hybrid Reactive Technology (HRT) Copper-Free Bottom Paint

Pettit ECO HRT Copper-Free Antifouling Paint is engineered with the latest technology available to create a strong hybrid paint film able to handle the harshest marine environments without building up over time. Pettit HRT ECO’s smooth durable paint surface is designed to wear away over time thereby eliminating paint build up as well as the need for sanding. Pettit HRT ECO Copper-Free Bottom Paint is safe for use on any aluminum-hulled boat. This copper-free bottom paint provides excellent antifouling protection; hauling and relaunching won't reduce its effectiveness.

What is HRT? Hybrid Reactive Technology utilizes high-density biocide to maximize effectiveness. That along with film modifiers to reduce yearly build-up, it can maintain color consistency and lower weight impact on the water vessel.

What is ECO? ECO means the paint uses Econea instead of copper. Econea is a copper free biocide that provides great protection at very low concentrations. Pettit HRT ECO contains 6% Econea which has been shown to be as effective as bottom paints made with roughly 50% copper

Key Features:

  • Sold in gallons
  • Copper free
  • Safe for aluminum boats
  • Economical hybrid protection
  • Smooth durable polishing finish
  • Compatible over most bottom paints
  • Single Season Antifouling Paint

Active Ingredients:

  • 6% Econea
  • 4.8% Zinc Omadine

Colors Available: 1200 Blue, 1300 Pontoon Gray, 1800 Black

How Much ECO HRT do I need for my boat?

  • 1 Gallon Pettit ECO HRT Copper-Free Antifouling Paint covers 500 Sq Ft
  • Boat Length X Width X .85 = Sq Ft per coat of paint (Example: 30ft boat 8.5 wide is 216.75 Sq Ft Per Coat)
  • Multiple Sq Ft by Number of Coats 2-3 for total number of Sq ft for the job.
  • Wholesale Marine would recommend 1 Gallon for this Job. 2 Coats + Some Extra for Touch Up or waste.

How to Apply Pettit ECO HRT

Pettit ECO HRT Copper-Free Antifouling Paint is easily applied by brush, roller, or spray. When rolling, use only a high-quality short nap roller cover. Apply using thin coats. ECO HRT has a tendency for settling to occur, especially if the paint has been on the shelf for several months. Thoroughly mix the paint before using. Before using, check the sides and bottom of the can to make sure all the pigment has been mixed in.

  • Finish: Eggshell
  • Coverage: 500 ft2/gal
  • Application Method: Brush, roller, airless or conventional spray
  • Maximum Roller Thickness: 3/16"
  • Number of Coats: 1 minimum per season with additional coat at waterline
  • Wet Film Thickness: 2.7 mils
  • Dry Film Thickness: 1.5 mils
  • Application Temp: 50°F Min. / 90°F Max
  • Thinner:120 Brushing Thinner

Previously Painted Surfaces

  • Pettit HRT ECO can be applied over most aged hard and ablative antifouling coatings.
  • Old tin copolymers must be removed completely or sealed with Pettit 6627 Tie-Coat Primer before applying this product.
  • If the previous coating is in good condition, thoroughly sand with 80 grit sandpaper then solvent clean with Pettit 120 Thinner to remove residue.
  • Apply two thin coats of ECO HRT.
  • If the previous coating is soft or in poor condition, remove to the bare surface by sanding or using paint remover. Proceed with an appropriate bare system as described below.

Bare Fiberglass

  • All bare fiberglass, regardless of age, should be thoroughly cleaned with 92 Bio-Blue Hull Surface Prep or de-waxed several times with Pettit D-95 Dewaxer.
  • Proceed with either sanding method, or one of the non-sanding methods below:
    • Sanding Method: After the surface has been de-waxed, sand thoroughly with 8 grit production paper to a dull, frosty finish and rewash the sanded surface with Pettit 120 Thinner to remove sanding residue. Then apply two thin coats of ECO HRT.
    • Non-Sanding Method (1): Prep the surface with 92 Bio-Blue Hull Surface Prep or wash the fiberglass three times using Pettit D95 Dewaxer. Then apply one thin coat of Pettit 6998 Skip- Sand Primer. Use a 3/16” or less nap when applying by roller. Consult the primer label for complete application and antifouling top coating instructions. Apply two thin coats of Pettit HRT ECO .
    • Non-Sanding Method (2): Thoroughly clean, de-wax and etch the surface with 92 Bio-Blue Hull Surface Prep using a coarse Scotch-Brite pad in a swirling motion. Thoroughly rinse all residue from the surface and let dry. Then apply one coat of Pettit-Protect High Build Epoxy Primer. Consult the primer label for complete application and antifouling top coating instructions. Apply two thin coats of ECO HRT.

Bare Wood

  • Bare wooden hulls should be sanded thoroughly with 80 grit sandpaper and wiped clean of sanding residue.
  • Apply a coat of 6627 Tie-Coat Primer thinned 25% with 97 Epoxy Thinner directly to the bare wood. Allow 4 hours to dry.
  • Apply two thinned coats of ECO HRT.

Bare Steel and Cast Iron

  • Clean surface to remove grease and dirt; remove loose rust and scale from the metal surface.
  • Scrape, sandblast or wire brush to 2-3 mil profile. Immediately clean the surface using a vacuum or fresh air blast.
  • Apply two coats of Pettit 6980 Rustlok Primer followed by two to three coats of Pettit 4700/4701 High Build Epoxy Primer.
  • Follow with two thin coats of Pettit HRT ECO.

Stainless Steel, Bronze, Lead, and Non-Aluminum Alloys

  • Solvent clean then abrade to clean bright metal by sanding with 60-80 grit sandpaper, sandblasting or wire brushing.
  • Apply 2-3 coats of Prop Coat Barnacle Barrier 1792.
  • Apply 2 thin coats of ECO HRT.

Bare Aluminum

The above system utilizes Aluma Protect to form the most effective barrier over roughed aluminum. Aluma Protect provides maximum resistance to fresh or salt water, eliminating corrosion. Following with Pettit Protect creates an impenetrable shell making this a lifestyle system free of corrosion.

Above information sourced from Pettit's ECO HRT Bottom Paint Application Instructions

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Other Details

Google Product Type:
Paint Type:
Ablative Antifouling
Antifouling Type:
Copper Free
Hull Material:
Aluminum, Fiberglass, Wood, Steel

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