How to Apply Antifouling Protection to Your Boat

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There is a lot that typically goes into routine boat maintenance, and antifouling is one of the most common tasks included in this that boat owners need to take seriously. The reason for this is that it can prevent harmful build up from becoming a problem on the bottom of a boat, which can extend its useful life and maintain its structural integrity. 

The antifoul process starts with choosing the right paint for the job. This paint needs to fit the specifications of the boat that it is being used on perfectly. There are a lot of different antifoul paints on the market, each with varying features that will work differently across the many types of boat hull materials. 

Once the right paint is chosen, a boat owner will need to get all of the necessary tools that will help them finish the job correctly. These tools include safety gear to keep the paint from getting on them, brushes, rollers, sand paper, paint trays and more. It is important to have all of these things in order and in the correct quantities before starting the antifoul process, as any interruption to leave and go get things that are missing can impact the effectiveness of the job quite a bit. A little bit of preparedness can go a long way. 

Cleaning the surface of the boat that needs the antifouling is the critical step that comes next. It must be completely clean and any build up from the past has to be taken care of. Sand paper is often used to help with this process, as well as a range of cleaners that can be found at any boat shop. Power washers also can be very useful during this cleaning process. While all of this need to be done, it is important that the base coat of paint on the bottom of the boat is not ruined during the process. If any of the paint does end up chipping or peeling, it needs to be primed and painted again to ensure that the antifoul paint will adhere correctly once it is applied. 

Once all of these things are done, the antifoul paint can be applied according to its directions. It always is a good idea for any boat owner to do research into how the specific paint that they have chosen works, as the rules of application will often vary between different paint types. 

These are just a few of the things that every boat owner should keep in mind when they are looking to add a layer of antifouling protection to the bottom of their boat. Although this process may seem a bit daunting at first, it is actually not difficult at all as long as a few simple things are done correctly. Antifoul protection is an absolutely necessary part of boat ownership, so it should be taken seriously, and new antifoul paint should be applied at least once a year to most boats.



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Terence Liew writes on topics of boating as a recreational hobby. He offers advice on boat maintenance including antifouling systems and electrochlorination.

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This article was published on 2013/07/08