Applying the first antifouling is the most important process for your new vessel, all care is taken to ensure the correct preparation.
This is a time consuming process, and a very important one, as any shortcuts or poor preparation can lead to your Antifoul falling off or delaminating and possible problems such as osmosis down the track.
Brief Description of the Process
- Measure and Mark your Vessel's correct waterline taking into account any other factors such as fuel and water capacity that may affect your Vessel's actual float line. When Vessel is already up on the Boat Lift, it is obviously too late for that. Finding the desired waterline is not always an easy task.
- Lift Vessel.
- Clean/Water Blast and Inspect.
- Tape the waterline.
- Sand all areas below the waterline with 80grit, all fittings, strainers, tabs and running gear. As every step of the process is of vital importance, Sanding Guide is used to make sure not a single bit is missed.
- Chemically clean Hull and Running Gear.
- Apply 2 coats of Epoxy Primer. Drying times has to be to manufacturer's specifications.
- The epoxy primer will give you a harder, tougher finish and, for gelcoat boats, will offer a degree of osmosis resistance. A more simple primer makes future repair work easy as it is re-coated with itself and any antifouling with minimal hard work.
- If your hull is new, then choice of priming is one for the individual. We recommend and use epoxy primer.
- Apply 2 coats of an Industry leading Antifoul to the manufacturers specifications. Allow drying time between and after to manufacturers specifications.
- Apply third coat to Waterline and Running Gear. Allow drying time again.
- De-tape and Clean.
- Re-launch to water.