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Review these articles for information on how to use various products.

What Is Bottom Paint?

If you don’t know what bottom paint is, you are not alone. A boater that keeps his/her boat in the water for an extended period of time, must have bottom paint on the bottom of the hull to prevent growth (fouling) from occurring. Bottom … Continue reading

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What Bottom Paint Can go Over Polyethylene?

Yes, you can apply bottom paint over polyethlene (plastic). We recommend applying an ablative bottom paint. (preferably ablative such as Cukote) You should sand the boat with a 60 grit sandpaper, then wash it off with S-80 Cleaner and Dewaxer. After it … Continue reading

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Do I Need a Reducer For Bottom Paint?

Reducers help the paint to dry faster or slower, depending upon the reducer you use. There is a warm weather reducer that makes it dry slower, and a cool weather reducer that make it dry faster. Generally speaking, reducers should … Continue reading

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How to Apply Bottom Paint Over Existing Bottom Paint

Bottom Painting is not very technical, but you must have a clean surface to insure good adhesion. Refer to the Sea Hawk Compatibility Chart to determine if your existing coating is compatible with Sea Hawk antifoulant paint choice.To insure that your bottom … Continue reading

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How To Apply Bottom Paint To Bare Fiberglass

The following steps should be taken to insure good adhesion of bottom paint to a fiberglass or gelcoated hull. Preparation Clean Surface: When painting a bare fiberglass / gel coat hull for the first time, it is extremely important that all contaminants such … Continue reading

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How to Apply Bottom Paint to an Aluminum Outdrive

You can apply outdrive paint by either spraying with an aerosol can, or brushing it on. The best performing outdrive paint is Sea Hawk Mission Bay. Below are detailed application guidelines for spraying with the Mission Bay Aerosol Spray. The … Continue reading

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How to Clean, Restore, and Seal Teak Wood on Your Boat

Restoring your weathered teak wood is an easy 3 step process with Tip Top Teak’s premium system. Learn how to clean, brighten, and seal your teak or other wood Step 1. Cleaning Teak Wood with Crystal Deck Cleaner Getting the … Continue reading

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If the boat is taken down to gelcoat, is primer needed when applying bottom paint?

Primer for bottom paint is not necessary. However, if you use Tuff Stuff marine epoxy primer on the bare fiberglass, it will provide protection against blisters and any moisture. It will also improve adhesion to the hull. Tuff stuff marine epoxy … Continue reading

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Application of Marine Epoxy Primer to a Boat

Marine Epoxy systems on the bottom of bare fiberglass is the best way to protect your boat against blisters. It also provides added adhesion of the bottom paint to the hull. Here are the steps that you need to take … Continue reading

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How to Apply Gelcoat

Below you will find a detailed gel coat preparation guide on how to apply gelcoat to your boat RV or other surface. Take steps to cover and protect the rest of the boat before starting. When working on the deck … Continue reading

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