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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_paints Pettit Paints Blue Water Marine Paints
Biocop TF Micron 66 Odyssey HD
Islands 77 Plus Micron 77
Colorkote Micron Extra with Biolux* Odyssey Triton

Self Polishing / Ablative Bottom Paints

Sea Hawk  Interlux Pettit Blue Water
Biocop TF Micron 66 Odyssey HD
Islands 77 Plus Micron 77
Micron Extra with Biolux* Ultima SR40*
Cukote Micron CSC Ultima SSA Copper Shield 45 Ablative
Monterey Fiberglass Bottomkote Aqua Hydrocoat SR*
Hydrocoat
Hydrocoat Eco
AF-33 Micron CSC Horizons Copper Shield 25
ACT Ultima SR40*
Mission Bay Micron CF Vivid Shelter Island Plus
Mission Bay CSF Fiberglass Bottomkote Aqua
Fiberglass Bottomkote NT Seamate Copper Shield 25

Hard Modified Epoxy Bottom Paints

Sea Hawk  Interlux Pettit Blue Water
Tropikote Ultra-Kote Trinidad 75
Trindad HD
Ultra with Biolux* Trinidad SR*
Trindad Pro*
Sharkskin Trinidad HD
Talon Unepoxy HRT

Aluminum Safe Bottom Paints

Sea Hawk  Interlux Pettit Blue Water
Smart Solution Pacifica Plus Ultima Eco
Micron CF* Odyssey Triton
Mission Bay Trilux 33 Vivid Shelter Islands Plus
Colorkote

Water Based Bottom Paints

Sea Hawk  Interlux Pettit Blue Water
Monterey Fiberglass Bottomkote Aqua Hydrocoat SR*
Hydrocoat
Hydrocoat Eco
Mission Bay CSF

Outdrive Bottom Paints

Sea Hawk  Interlux Pettit Blue Water
Smart Solution Trilux 33 Aerosol Alumaspray Plus Aerosol

Bottom Paint Primers

Sea Hawk  Interlux Pettit Blue Water
Bottom Paint Primer Primocon Tie Coat Primer 6627 BarrierShield Primer
Islands Prime
Shawkocon
1266 Non-Sanding Primer YPA200 No-Sand Primer Skip Sand Primer 6998
Barnacle Blocker Aerosol Primocon Aerosol
High Build Epoxy Primers
Sea Hawk  Interlux Pettit Blue Water
Tuff Stuff Interprotect 2000E Pettit Protect Bottom Protect 70, Bottom Protect

Bottom Paint Cleaners

Sea Hawk  Interlux Pettit Blue Water
S-80  Wax ‘N Grease Killer 202  Fiberglass Solvent Wash Bottom Prep D-95 973 Dewaxer
S-90  De-Waxing Etch & Cleaner 202V  Low VOC Fiberglass Solvent Wash Bio-Blue 92

Bottom Paint Removers / Strippers

Sea Hawk  Interlux Pettit Blue Water
Marine Paint Stripper Interstrip 299E

Speciality

Sea Hawk  Interlux Pettit Blue Water
N/A VC-17M Extra* Black Widow Racing
1959 Hard Racing Copper Bronze
Biocop TF Pint Booster

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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Rank Bottom Paint Name Fresh Water / Salt Water High Growth Area Performance Slime Fighting Warm Water Performance Cost Comments
1 Islands 77 Plus   Both ***** ***** ***** $$$$$ Top Performance for Highest Growth Areas (Non-US)
1 Biocop TF Both ***** ***** ***** $$$$$ Top Performance for Highest Growth Areas (US)
2 Cukote Biocide Plus Both **** *** **** $$$$ Best Value Multi-Seasonal with Slime Fighter
3 Cukote Both *** n/a *** $$$ Best Overall Value Multi-Seasonal
4 Monterey Both *** n/a *** $$ Best Value Water-Based Multi-Seasonal
5 AF-33 Both *** n/a *** $ Lowest Cost Multi-Seasonal Available
6 Smart Solution Salt ** n/a ** $$ Metal Free Best Choice for Aluminum in salt water
7 Mission Bay Fresh ** n/a ** $$$ Best Choice for Aluminum and Pontoons. Safe on Aluminum.
8 Mission Bay CSF Both ** n/a ** $$$ Environmentally friendly water-based and copper free. Best for apply indoors.
9 VMG Racing Finish Fresh * 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.

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