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Eco-Clad Bottom Paint Review

eco cladAfter further review on the performance of Eco-Clad as a bottom paint, we are NOT offering this product to our customer base. Eco Clad is engineered to support a natural beneficial biofilm (slime) on the coated area. However, we have heard several complaints about the products’ poor performance when it comes to keeping growth off the boat. The company has done a great job of marketing Eco Clad everywhere, and claims better fuel economy and faster speeds.    This might be true, but performs only for a few months at best. After that you will see substantial marine growth and even worse fuel ecomony and speed along with the added costs of a new bottom job.

Our opinion and recommendation is to stay away from Eco-Clad unless you plan on keeping your boat in fresh water. Your are much better off using a traditional high quality bottom paint.

Bottom Paint Cross Reference Guide

See the table below for a listing of most bottom paints and how they compare by the top manufacturers.
Bottom Paint Cross Reference Guide.
Top Performing Bottom Paints
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interlux_paintsPettit PaintsBlue Water Marine Paints
Biocop TFMicron 66Ultima SR60*Gold Coast SPC
Islands 77 PlusMicron 77Copper Pro SCX*
Cukote Biocide*Micron Extra with Biolux*Ultima SR40*Copper Pro SCX*
Self Polishing / Ablative Bottom Paints
Sea Hawk InterluxPettitBlue Water
Biocop TFMicron 66Ultima SR60*Gold Coast SPC
Islands 77 PlusMicron 66Copper Pro SCX*
Cukote Biocide*Micron Extra with Biolux*Ultima SR40*Copper Shield SCX*
CukoteMicron CSCUltima SSACopper Shield 45 Ablative
MontereyFiberglass Bottomkote AquaHydrocoat SR*Aqua Shield
Hydrocoat
Hydrocoat Eco
AF-33Micron CSCHorizonsCopper Shield Uno
ACTUltima SR40
Mission BayTrilux 33VividKOLOR
Mission Bay CSF
N/ABottomkote NTSeamateNew England Copper
Hard Modified Epoxy Bottom Paints
Sea Hawk InterluxPettitBlue Water
TropikoteUltra-KoteTrinidad 75
Trindad
Tropikote Biocide Plus*Ultra with Biolux*Trinidad SR*Copper Pro SCX Hard*
Trindad Pro*
SharkskinFiberglass Bottomkote with Irgarol*Unepoxy PlusCopper Shield Hard
TalonUnepoxy Standard, Copper-Guard
Aluminum Safe Bottom Paints
Sea Hawk InterluxPettitBlue Water
Smart SolutionPacificaUltima EcoKOLOR
Micron CF*
Mission BayTrilux 33VividShelter Islands Plus
Mission Bay CSF
Water Based Bottom Paints
Sea Hawk InterluxPettitBlue Water
MontereyFiberglass Bottomkote AquaHydrocoat SR*Aqua Shield
Hydrocoat
Hydrocoat Eco
Mission Bay CSFn/a
Outdrive Bottom Paints
Sea Hawk InterluxPettitBlue Water
Outdrive PaintTrilux 33 AerosolAlumaspray Plus AerosolDrivesleek Outdrive Aerosol
Bottom Paint Primers
Sea Hawk InterluxPettitBlue Water
Bottom Paint PrimerPrimocomTie Coat Primer 6627BarrierShield Primer
Islands Prime
Shawkocon
1266 Non-Sanding PrimerYPA200 No-Sand PrimerSkip Sand Primer 6998
Barnacle Blocker AerosolPrimocon Aerosol
High Build Epoxy Primers
Sea Hawk InterluxPettitBlue Water
Tuff StuffInterprotect 2000EPettit ProtectBottom Shield 70, Bottom Protect
Bottom Paint Cleaners
Sea Hawk InterluxPettitBlue Water
S-80  Wax ‘N Grease Killer202  Fiberglass Solvent WashBottom Prep D-95973 Dewaxer
S-90  De-Waxing Etch & Cleaner202V  Low VOC Fiberglass Solvent WashBio-Blue 92
Bottom Paint Removers / Strippers
Sea Hawk InterluxPettitBlue Water
Marine Paint StripperInterstrip 299E
Speciality
Sea Hawk InterluxPettitBlue Water
Silver BulletVC-17M Extra*SR-21*Liquid Speed*
Inflatable Paint
Transhield

These bottom paint comparisons are the best match ups of antifoulant brands and type by manufacturer. This information is the sole the opinion of www.BottomPaintStore.com. Please consult each manufacturer for more specific product information and comparisons. 

*These items are currently out of stock from the manufacturer and are considered to be on phase out.   Availability is very limited. 

Sea Hawk Ablative Bottom Paint Rankings by Antifouling Performance

Sea Hawk Ablative Bottom Paint Rankings by Antifouling Performance

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RankBottom Paint NameFresh Water / Salt WaterHigh Growth Area PerformanceSlime FightingWarm Water PerformanceCostComments
1Islands 77 Plus  Both***************$$$$$Top Performance for Highest Growth Areas (Non-US)
1Biocop TFBoth***************$$$$$Top Performance for Highest Growth Areas (US)
2Cukote Biocide PlusBoth***********$$$$Best Value Multi-Seasonal with Slime Fighter
3CukoteBoth***n/a***$$$Best Overall Value Multi-Seasonal
4MontereyBoth***n/a***$$Best Value Water-Based Multi-Seasonal
5AF-33Both***n/a***$Lowest Cost Multi-Seasonal Available
6Smart SolutionSalt**n/a**$$Metal Free Best Choice for Aluminum in salt water
7Mission BayFresh**n/a**$$$Best Choice for Aluminum and Pontoons. Safe on Aluminum.
8Mission Bay CSFBoth**n/a**$$$Environmentally friendly water-based and copper free. Best for apply indoors.
9Silver BulletFresh*n/a*$Best used in Fresh Water Only, or as a Smooth Racing Finish

Ranking: By Most Effective Antifouling Performance
* All rankings provided by Bottom Paint Store are based on customer feedback, product testing data, and current market prices.

VC 17 by Interlux Vs. Silver Bullet by Sea Hawk

Silver BulletWhere VC 17 Bottom Paint Lacks in Some Areas, Silver Bullet is the Answer  

  • Premium Friction Reducing Coating. Ideal for Fresh Water and Racing Sail Boats
  • New Zinc Based Technology
  • Brighter Colors that Stay Bright After Launching (Blue, Black, Red and Silver)
  • Comparable with VC 17.
  • Teflon Like Slick Coating .
  • No Sanding Between Coats

 

Choose Sea Hawk Silver Bullet Over Interlux VC- 17 Bottom Paint
and Save Over 25%

 

Micron CSC by Interlux Vs. Cukote by Sea Hawk

Cukote Bottom Paint Has Clear Advantages over Micron CSC Bottom Paint!

  • CUKOTE 2013Micron CSCHarder Ablative Provides Longer Lasting Performance compare to Interlux Micron CSC!
  • Harder Ablative Provides More Durable Coating for Trailerable Boats
  • Made in the USA with USA Premium Raw Materials VS. European Made and Owned
  • More Copper (Sea Hawk Cukote has over 47% Vs. 37% for Micron CSC)
  • Proven Premium Performance in All Waters!
  • Compatible with Micron CSC (You can apply Cukote over the top of Micron CSC without any additional steps!)
  • One-Year Written Guarantee Against Barnacles

Apply Directly over Micron CSC or any other Bottom Paint and Receive…

                1 Year Written Guarantee Against Barnacle Growth!

Trilux 33 by Interlux Vs. Mission Bay by Sea Hawk

Mission Bay Bottom Paint Has Clear Advantages over Trilux 33!

  • sea hawk mission bayinterlux trilux 3330% Longer Lasting Performance than Interlux Trilux 33 !
  • US Made with Premium Raw Materials VS. European
  • Completely Safe for Aluminum Boats, Including Pontoon Boats!
  • No Copper (Trilux 33 has liquid copper)
  • Proven Premium Performance in All Waters!
  • Solvent Free Version Available (Mission Bay CSF -Easy application, Less Toxic Fumes and VOC’s)
  • Compatible with Trilux 33 (You can apply Sea Hawk Mission Bay over the top of Trilux 33 without any additional steps!)

This  Sea Hawk Mission Bay and Interlux Trilux  33 bottom paint review / comparison was based on customer feedback and information received by the manufacturer(s) either directly or indirectly, and is solely the opinion of Bottom Paint Store.

 

 

 

Aquagard Vs. Monterey by Sea Hawk

Monterey Bottom Paint Rated for 24+ Months over Aquagard Bottom Paint!

  • Monterey Bottom PaintLonger Lasting Performance than Aquagard! Monterey is a Multi-Season Bottom Paint!
  • Made in the USA with USA Premium Grade Raw Materials
  • Lower VOC Means More Friendly Application!
  • More Copper (Monterey has over TWICE AS MUCH COPPER as Aquagard (55% Vs. 26% for Aquaguard)
  • Proven Premium Performance in All Waters!
  • Compatible with Aquaguard (You can apply Monterey over the top of Aquagard without any additional steps!)
  • Rated by Practical Sailor for 24+ Month Bottom Paint Protection
  • Sea Hawk Paints Monterey Has a One-Year Written Guarantee Against Barnacles!

Apply Directly over Aquaguard or any other Bottom Paint and Receive…

                1 Year Written Guarantee Against Barnacle Growth!

Pettit Hydrocoat Vs. Monterey by Sea Hawk

Monterey Bottom Paint Has Clear Advantages over Hydrocoat and Bottom Paint!

  • Monterey Bottom PaintLonger Lasting Performance than Pettit Hydrocoat! Monterey is a Multi-Season Bottom Paint!
  • Made in the USA with USA Premium Raw Materials VS. European Made and Owned Company
  • Lower VOC Means More Friendly Application!
  • More Copper (Monterey has over 55% Vs. 40% for Hydrocoat)
  • Proven Premium Performance in All Waters!
  • Compatible with Hydrocoat (You can apply Monterey over the top of Hydrocoat without any additional steps!)
  • Rated by Practical Sailor for 24+ Month Bottom Paint Protection
  • One-Year Written Guarantee Against Barnacles!

Apply Directly over Hydrocoat or any other Bottom Paint and Receive…

                1 Year Written Guarantee Against Barnacle Growth!

Provided by Sea Hawk Paints

Micron 66 by Interlux VS. Biocop TF by Sea Hawk

Biocop TF Bottom Paint Outperforms in Micron 66 Bottom Paint in Independent Testing!

  • Biocop TFInterlux Micron 6630% Better Performance in Longevity and Reduced Growth!
  • US Made with Premium Copper, Solvents, and Rosins!
  • Bottom Paint That Works in Fresh Water!
  • Safer to Apply and Less Odor During Application!
  • More Color Choices!

Practical Sailor rates Biocop TF as a 24 Month paint and a “Top Choice”

2011 October Issues of Power & Motoryacht Magazine rates Biocop TF Excellent!

Apply Directly over Micron 66 or any other Bottom Paint and Receive…

                1 Year Written Guarantee Against Barnacle Growth!

     Once Limited to Mega Yachts (82FT and above), Biocop TF is Legal for all Size Boats!

Provided by Sea Hawk Paints