Hydrocoat contains drag reducing PTFE and dries to an easily burnished slick film for maximum hull speed. Plus, the controlled erosion of ablative paints reduces coating buildup while the loading of cuprous oxide content combats marine growth in highly fouling waters. Thus, a hull which uses Hydrocoat should only require a simple pressure wash upon haul out to remove growth and prepare the hull for recoating and launching.
Hydrocoat contains cuprous oxide. As a result, there is a tendency for settling to
occur, especially if the paint has been on the shelf for several months. It is
necessary to thoroughly mix the paint before using. If possible, shake the can of
paint on a mechanical paint shaker. Before using, check the sides and bottom of
the can to make sure all the pigment has been mixed in. If mixing is going to be
done with a wooden paddle or an electric drill mixer, pour off half of the liquid
from the top of the can into another can and then properly mix in any settled
pigment; then remix the two parts together thoroughly. Adhere to all application
instructions, precautions, conditions, and limitations to obtain optimum performance.
Refer to individual labels and tech sheets for detailed instructions when
using associated products, etc. When spraying, do not thin Hydrocoat more than
10% (12 ounces per gallon) or inadequate paint film thickness will occur and
premature erosion of the finish will be likely.
Coating performance, in general, is proportional to the degree of surface preparation. Follow recommendations carefully, avoiding shortcuts. Inadequate preparation
of surfaces will virtually assure inadequate coating performance.
No antifouling paint can be effective under all conditions of exposure. Man made
pollution and natural occurrences can adversely affect antifouling paint performance.
Extreme hot and cold water temperatures, silt, dirt, oil, brackish water
and even electrolysis can ruin an antifouling paint. Therefore, we strongly
suggest that the bottom of the boat be checked regularly to make sure it is clean
and that no growth is occurring. Lightly scrub the bottom with a sponge or very
soft brush to remove anything from the antifouling paint surface. Scrubbing is
particularly important with boats that are idle for extended periods of time. The
self-cleaning nature of the coating is most effective when the boat is used
periodically. Burnishing of the surface to create a slicker finish should be done with
400-600 grit wet-or-dry paper after the coating has dried for seven (7) days.
There is no maximum drying time before