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Pettit Vivid Hard SR Ablative Antifouling Bottom Paint

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Pettit Vivid Ablative Antifouling Boat Paint

It used to be that boaters had to sacrifice their color choices for an effective antifouling paint treatment. With Pettit Vivid antifouling bottom paint, that scenario’s become history. The good news is that it is now possible to have the brightest colors, the blackest blacks and the whitest whites available in a bottom paint. Beautiful vibrant colors are just the beginning. Vivid also provides excellent multi-season, dual biocide antifouling protection. Formulated with a hybrid technology that incorporates both ablative and hard paint benefits, Pettit’s Vivid is widely considered to be a superior marine paint product. Boaters appreciate Vivid’s hard, smooth surface that withstands trailering yet easily burnishes to a high performance super-slick racing finish. Just make sure to apply in thin coats using a 3/16” or less nap roller, and your Vivid application will resist build-up and can be hauled and launched without loss of protection. As a bonus: applied over the recommended priming system, Vivid can safely be used on aluminum hulls and outdrives.

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.

Key Features:

  • Vivid's 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

Colors Available: 1261 Blue, 1861 Black, 1661 Red, 1361 Green, 1461 Yellow, 1161 White

Pettit Vivid Color Swatches

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


  • Finish: Flat
  • Solids by Weight: 83%
  • Coverage: 440 ft2/gal.
  • VOC: 330 grams/liter (max)
  • Biocide: Cuprous Thiocyanate - 25.0%  |  Zinc Pyrithione - 2.80%

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How To Apply Pettit Vivid Bottom Paint

Pettit Vivid can be easily applied by brush, roller, or spray. Prior to application, mix paint thoroughly to ensure pigments are evenly dispersed throughout the can. All surfaces must be clean, dry, and properly prepared prior to painting. When rolling, use only a high-quality short nap (maximum 3/16" nap) roller cover. Apply using thin coats; over-application of this product will cause inadequate coating performance.

  • Application Method: Brush, roller, airless or conventional spray. When applying by roller use a short nap (3/16 inch maximum) roller cover
  • Number of Coats: 1 minimum per season with additional coats for extended service
  • Dry Film Thickness: 2 mils (3.1 wet mils)
  • Coverage: 440 sq. ft/gal.
  • Application Temp: 50°F Min. / 90°F Max.
  • Thinner: 120 Brushing Thinner. 121 Spraying Thinner, or 120VOC Thinner
Temp To Recoat To Launch
90°F 4 HR 16 HR
70°F 8 HR 24 HR
50°F 16 HR 48 HR

*The above dry times are minimums. Vivid may be recoated after the minimum time shown. There is no maximum dry time before launching.

Surface Preparation and Application Systems

Previously Painted Surfaces

  • If the previous coating is in good condition:
    • Thoroughly sand with 80-grit sandpaper. Solvent clean with Pettit 120 or 120VOC Thinner to remove residue.
    • Apply 2 thin coats of Vivid. 
  • If the previous coating is soft or in poor condition:
    • Remove to the bare surface by sanding or using paint remover.
    • Proceed with 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 the Sanding Method or one of the Non-Sanding Methods below:
  • Sanding Method:
    • After de-waxing, sand thoroughly with 80-grit paper to a dull, frosty finish.
    • Rewash the surface with Pettit 120 or 120VOC Thinner to remove residue.
    • Apply 2 thin coats of Pettit Vivid
  • Non-Sanding Method #1
    • Thoroughly clean, de-wax, and etch the surface with Pettit 92 Bio-Blue Hull Surface Prep using a medium Scotch-Brite pad in swirling motion; or wash the fiberglass at least three times using Pettit D95 Dewaxer.
    • Apply one thin coat of Pettit 6998 Skip-Sand Primer.
    • Apply two thin finish coats of Pettit Vivid.
  • Non-Sanding Method #2
    • Thoroughly clean, de-wax, and etch the surface with Pettit 92 Bio-Blue Hull Surface Prep using a medium Scotch-Brite pad in swirling motion.
    • Thoroughly rinse all residue from the surface and let dry.
    • Apply one coat of Pettit 4740/4741 H2-Prime Epoxy Primer or Pettit Protect High Built Primer.
    • Apply two thin 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).
  • Apply two or three coats of Pettit Protect 4700/4701 Epoxy Primer or Vivid Epoxy Primer 4100/4101.
  • Apply two thin coats of Vivid.

Bare Wood

  • Sand entire surface with 80 grit paper and 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

  • For maximum corrosion resistance, sandblast to clean, bright metal.
  • Remove sanding residue with clean, dry compressed air or a clean brush.
  • Immediately apply 2 coats o Pettit 6627 Tie-Coat Primer.
  • Apply 2 thin finish coats of Pettit Vivid Bottom Paint.

Application Tips

  • Airless sprayer
    • Must be at least 3/4 horsepower
    • Use a .017 to .019 spray tip
    • Thin Vivid 5% using Pettit 121 Spraying Thinner
  • Conventional Air Gun
    • Must use a pressure pot with 15 to 20 psi on pot
    • Thin product 15% using Pettit 121 Spraying Thinner
    • Use a .070 spray tip
  • Rolling and Tipping
    • Thin Vivid 10% with Pettit 120 Brushing Thinner
    • Apply using thin coats using a 1/8" to 3/16" smooth nap roller
    • Cover only enough area that can be tipped before the paint film dries
    • Tip the surface using a quality natural bristle paint brush in a fore and aft direction
  • Burnishing Vivid for a Smooth Racing Finish
    • Burnishing can be achieved by using a buffer at 1750 rpm's, a wool pad, and a Meguiar's Diamond Cut Compound (M85).
    • The low-dusting, low-splatter compound creates an effect similar to applying a finishing glaze.
    • Burnishing Vivid with Meguiar's Diamond Cut will give you a porcelain-like racing finish without compromising antifouling performance.
    • When burnishing, it is recommended to apply a third coat of Pettit Vivid.

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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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