Since 1991, ePaint has provided boaters with an alternative to traditional bottoms paints with their line of non-toxic environmentally responsible marine coatinbgs. All paints are free of copper, tin, and other biocides used in more conventional antifoulings.
Did you know ePaint was originally funded by the US Navy to research and develop environmentally friendly coatings? Three patents have resulted from this research, and these paints are used by the Unites States Coast Guard, the United States Navy, NOAA, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institute, and the U.S. Geological Society.
Paint CategoriesAntifouling (Water Based)
Antifouling (Solvent Based)
ePaint Frequently Asked Questions
How do ePaints prevent fouling?
Instead of high VOC biocides like copper or tin, these antifouling paints protect your vessel from bio-fouling by combining naturally occurring photoactive materials and organic biocides. Photoactive pigments that use sunlight to photo-chemically catalyze oxygen (O2) and water (H2O) produce hydrogen peroxide (H2O2) around the surface of your boat's hull, creating a protective barrier.
ePaints also contain the powerful organic booster biocides of Zinc Omadine and SeaNine 211 that prevent fouling organisms from attaching to your boat.
What is the advantage of not using copper-based paint?
Because ePaint finishes are copper-free, they will not promote galvanic corrosion and are safe for all substrates including aluminum, steel, fiberglass and wood. Bright colors including white and will not form stains or discoloration like traditional bottom paints. Unlike copper-based finishes, ePaint coatings do not have critical coat-to-launch time and your boat can be repeatedly hauled and launched without worrying about effecting antifouling performance. This is safer for you, your boat, and the environment.
What is the difference between an "antifouling" and a "release" coating?
An antifouling coating must contain one or more approved EPA registered biocides and make a biological/antifouling claim. The Federal EPA under the FIFRA legislation as well as most states regulates antifouling coatings. A "release" coating does not contain a biocide and does not make a biological claim to control biofouling.
Release coatings rely on other mechanisms besides toxicity to deter biofouling, such as a slick surface or soft ablative composition; biofouling will occur on a release coating but it should be readily removed with some maintenance scrubbing or the vessels fast motion through the water.