Pettit Vivid Hard SR Ablative Antifouling Bottom Paint

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Pettit Vivid Ablative Marine Paint

Now you can have the brightest colors, the blackest black and the whitest white available in a bottom paint. Vivid’s attributes go far beyond its beautiful vibrant colors, for it also provides excellent multi-season, dual biocide antifouling protection under all conditions. Vivid’s new hybrid technology incorporates all the benefits of both ablative and hard paints in one superior product. Its hard, smooth surface withstands trailering and is easily burnished to a high performance super-slick racing finish. Applied in thin coats using a 3/16” or less nap roller, Vivid resists build-up and can be hauled and launched without loss of protection. When used over the recommended priming system, Vivid can safely be used on aluminum hulls and outdrives. The perfect antifouling choice for any boat. 

  • Hybrid technology offers all the advantages of ablative and hard paints
  • Clean, bright colors including true white and black
  • Dual-biocides provide excellent multi-season protection
  • Excellent for Racing, Trailering, or Rack-Stored Boats

Must be applied in VERY THIN COATS! When using a roller for application, use no greater than a 3/16” nap.

Colors Available:

  • White
  • Blue
  • Green
  • Yellow
  • Red
  • Black

Colors can be mixed to achieve a broad sprectrum of new bright bottom paint colors. Refer to the color chart for mixing information.

Why Pettit Vivid?

Vivid antifouling paint is in a category of its own combining the best attributes of both hard and ablative technologies. Vivid works by leaching out the toxicants just as a traditional hard paint does, however, once the toxicant is gone, the paint film will break down in water and “powder off” exposing a new layer of toxicant. This self polishing surface resists build-up while it can be burnished to a porcelain-like racing finish. Vivid antifouling paint truly offers the best of both worlds.

While hard racing finishes of the past tend to have little or no antifouling capabilities, Vivid provides highly effective, dual-biocide, multi-season protection against aggressive fouling and slime. Pettit’s new-age white copper technology is just one of the secrets to Vivid’s incredible success. Clean white in color, this copper biocide is lightweight and extremely effective at combating even the toughest fouling. So effective, it requires 50% less biocide content than the heavy, reddish brown cuprous oxide used in conventional antifoulants. Mixed with bright color pigments, the clean white base produces the brightest antifouling colors plus the whitest white and the blackest black.

How To Apply

APPLICATION DATA METHOD: Brush, roller, airless or conventional spray. When applying by roller use a short nap (3/16 inch maximum) roller cover


DRY FILM THICKNESS PER COAT: 2 mils (3.1 wet mils)

COVERAGE: 440 sq. ft/gal.

APPLICATION TEMP: 40°F Min. / 90°F Max.


Temp To Recoat To Launch
90°F 2 HR 8 HR
70°F 4 HR 16 HR
50°F 6 HR 24 HR

*The above dry times are minimums. Vivid 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 finish coats of Vivid. 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.

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. Sand thoroughly with 80 grit sandpaper to a dull, frosty finish and rewash the sanded surface with 120 Brushing Thinner to remove sanding residue. Then apply two or three coats of Vivid, 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, prep the surface with 92 Bio-Blue Hull Surface Prep or wash the fiberglass three times using Pettit 95 Dewaxer only. Then apply one thin coat of Pettit 6998 Skip-Sand Primer or 6999 Sandless 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 or three coats of Vivid

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 fiberglass surface as mentioned above (sanding method) then apply three coats of Pettit Protect 4700/4701 High Build Epoxy Primer or three coats of Vivid Epoxy Primer 4100/4101 per label directions. Apply two or three finish coats of Vivid.

BLISTERED FIBERGLASS: See Pettit Technical Bulletin TB-1000 Gelcoat Blister Repair and Prevention Specification for detailed instructions.

BARE WOOD: Sand entire surface with 80 grit paper; wash clean with 120 Brushing Thinner. Apply a coat of Vivid thinned 25% with 120 Brushing Thinner, allow an overnight dry, lightly sand and wipe clean. Apply two finish coats of Vivid.

BARE 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 allowing 3 to 18 hours drying between coats (at temperatures of 70°F). After the second coat of Pettit Protect has been applied, wait 5 to 8 hours, no more, no less, and apply the first coat of Vivid. Apply one or two additional coats of Vivid.

STEEL HULLS: Consult Pettit’s Underwater Metals Data Sheet.

KEELS - LEAD: Consult Pettit’s Underwater Metals Data Sheet.

KEELS - STEEL OR CAST IRON: Consult Pettit’s Underwater Metals Data Sheet.

APPLICATION INFORMATION: Vivid contains cuprous thiocyanate and as a result of this there is a tendency for settling to occur, 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 is a high solids product. Do not apply this paint in thick films 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.

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Google Product Type:
Paint Type:
Hard Antifouling
Number of Seasons:
Multi Season
Antifouling Type:
Copper Based
Anti-Slime Additive:
Is Boat Trailerable:
Hull Material:
Fiberglass, Steel, Wood
Water Type:
Brackish Water, Fresh Water, Salt Water
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