Pettit Hydrocoat Antifouling Bottom Paint
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Pettit Hydrocoat Antifouling Bottom Paint

Pettit Hydrocoat is an easy to apply ablative antifouling paint with a smooth finish for performance. This water based bottom paint complies with air pollution VOC regulations so it is environmentally friendly and safe to use and offers multiple season protection with the benefits of ease of application, minimal odor and quick cleanup using water. When properly applied, this paint will withstand frequent trailering, beaching and launching.

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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.

APPLICATION INFORMATION

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.

SURFACE PREPARATION

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.

MAINTENANCE

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 launching.

Dry Time at Substrate Temperature  To Touch  To Recoat  To Launch 
90°F  1/4 hour  1.5 hours  12 hours 
70°F  1/2 hour  3 hours  16 hours 
50°F  1 hour  6 hours  48 hours 

 

  • Finish: Flat
  • Curing Mechanism: Solvent Release
  • Solids (theoretical): Weight- 73 +- 2%, Volume- 40 +- 2%
  • Coverage: 430 sq. ft./gal.
  • VOC: 150 g/l max. (1.25 lbs/gal)
  • Flash Point: None
  • Application Method: Brush, roller, airless or conventional spray.
  • Number of Coats: 2 minimum with additional coat at waterline recommended.
  • Dry Film Thickness per Coat: 1.5 mils (3.75 wet mils)
  • Application Temp: 50Deg F. Min., 90Deg F. Max.
  • Application Humidity: 0% Min., 85% Max.

 

BRAND: Pettit Z-Spar
Number Of Parts: One Part
Type: Copper AF Paint
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96%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Easy to clean (22)
  • Even paint distribution (18)
  • Easy to apply (3)
  • Ergonomic grip (3)

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Large areas (11)
    • Small areas (5)
      • Reviewer Profile:
      • Avid do-it-yourselfer (23), Casual do-it-yourselfer (3)

    Most Liked Positive Review

     

    Pettit Hydrocoat

    When well mixed and applied as per instructions this stuff is fool proof. I have used numerous, much more expensive brands, over the years and this product is fantastic. Wash up a breeze...Read complete review

    When well mixed and applied as per instructions this stuff is fool proof. I have used numerous, much more expensive brands, over the years and this product is fantastic. Wash up a breeze with soap and water, paint laid down to a beautiful finish and tape lines pulled clean. Why use the harsh stuff when water based works this good! I cannot comment on durability yet but adhesion was normal and no mottled color at all. Very happy!

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    Most Liked Negative Review

     

    Too much whiz and not enough bang"

    Hard to apply evenly.
    Leaves too much over spray, best to apply with roller but the wet edge dries very fast.

    Hard to apply evenly.
    Leaves too much over spray, best to apply with roller but the wet edge dries very fast.

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    4.0

    Great product

    By DALE

    from GREEN BAY, WI

    About Me Casual Do-It-Yourselfer

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    Pros

    • Easy To Clean

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Large Areas
      • Small Areas

      Comments about Pettit Z-Spar Pettit Hydrocoat Antifouling Bottom Paint:

      This product is very easy to use. Make sure that the paint is well mixed, its best mixed with a drill attachment to mix the paint. Easy to clean with water. I did prior to switching to the ablative was had the bottom sanded down to the fiberglass, barrier coated and then the ablative applied. That was 5 years ago, I applied 2 coats 3 years ago, and again 2 coats this year. No sanding or prep work is needed to apply. I just have the bottom power washed. My boat cruises at 15 knots and from what I understand it is not recommended for higher speed boats.

       
      4.0

      Pettit Hydrocoat

      By BOTOB

      from Baltimore, MD

      About Me Avid Do-It-Yourselfer

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      Pros

      • Easy To Clean
      • Even Paint Distribution
      • Get 2 Seasons Use

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Large Areas

        Comments about Pettit Z-Spar Pettit Hydrocoat Antifouling Bottom Paint:

        Pettit Hydrocoat is a very durable, easy to apply and clean up,bottom paint. My boat is in Bear Creek off of the Patapsco River in Baltimore MD. The barnicles here are very bad. I have tried many different bottom paints, as have all of my dockmates at the marina, and we find Hydrocoat to be the beat. It is very easy to work with, is environmentally friendly, and cleans up quite easily with soap and water. As long as the bottom is cleaned, saanded, and wiped down prior to application, coverage is good - my 42' Chris Craft takes 1 3/4 gallon.

         
        4.0

        Good product for the price

        By Jaquestay

        from Gainesville, VA

        About Me Avid Do-It-Yourselfer

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        Pros

        • Easy To Clean

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Large Areas

          Comments about Pettit Z-Spar Pettit Hydrocoat Antifouling Bottom Paint:

          I used this bottom paint on my Island Packet 35 for the first time last spring. I put it on over several old coats of oil-based ablative bottom paint using a roller. The paint setup very quickly when it came in contact with the old paint and coverage was a little uneven. It lasted through the sailing season on Chesapeake Bay with some slime build-up which washed off easily at haul-out. Performance equal to higher priced oil paints but with the added benefit of being able to clean up with soap and water.

           
          5.0

          Water based and sprayed on

          By whisper sailor

          from rock md

          About Me Casual Do-It-Yourselfer

          Pros

          • Easy To Clean
          • Even Paint Distribution

          Cons

            Best Uses

              Comments about Pettit Z-Spar Pettit Hydrocoat Antifouling Bottom Paint:

              I used this for the first time in april this year. did no prep work other than taping and sprayed it on using a $99 wagner sprayer. put it over 10 + coats of ablative paint by who knows how many different manufacturers. rolled 2 coats at the waterline and sprayed the rest. beer breaks after every 1 1/2 pints sprayed. took 2 hours tops for a 40 foot sailboat including the beer breaks. At haul out a power wash took off any soft growth. no hard growth on any of the painted surfaces. only took a gallon and a half. I only need to touch up this year. clean up with soap & water. no nasty smell. can be sprayed on. doesn't get any better than that.

               
              5.0

              water based the only way to go

              By Zigzag

              from Harstine Island, WA

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              Pros

              • Easy To Clean
              • Low Fumes

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • All Substrates

                Comments about Pettit Z-Spar Pettit Hydrocoat Antifouling Bottom Paint:

                Over the last 2 years I have used Hydrocoat on a fiberglass Ranger Minto, a wood Haven 12 1/2 and a all teak 'Teak Lady' sloop and this year I will be using it on a glass Kent Ranger 20. All of the boats sit in saltwater from late April to November and a simple low-pressure wash is all that is need for cleanup when they are hauled. An excellent product!

                 
                5.0

                perfect for the Pacific Northwest

                By Zigzag

                from Harstine Island, WA

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                Pros

                • Easy To Clean
                • Eliminates Barnacules
                • Eliminates Mussels
                • Long Lasting

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • All Boat Types

                  Comments about Pettit Z-Spar Pettit Hydrocoat Antifouling Bottom Paint:

                  I have used this bottom paint for 3 years now on several small sailboats that I keep anchored in salt water from May to October. They include a wood Haven 12 1/2, a fiberglass Minto and a solid Teak sailboat. The paint works wonderfully and a simple pressure wash at haulout time is all they need - no scraping. No matter what the boat is constructed of the paint performs as advertised.

                  (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  5.0

                  Love this stuff!

                  By Deb

                  from Pasadena, MD

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                  Pros

                  • Easy to apply
                  • Environmentally Friendly
                  • Excellent coverage
                  • Goes Over Vc-17
                  • Highly Recommended
                  • Reasonable Price

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                      Comments about Pettit Z-Spar Pettit Hydrocoat Antifouling Bottom Paint:

                      We were completely impressed with Hydrocoat. We used it based on other people's evaluation of it on the Chesapeake. It was easy to apply, with a very mild smell, easy to clean up due to the water-based aspect. We are keeping a running evaluation of it over the next two years on our blog, at theretirementproject.blogspot.com

                      (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                       
                      5.0

                      Excellent Produce

                      By Captain Tom

                      from Kinsale, Virginia

                      About Me Avid Do-It-Yourselfer

                      Verified Reviewer

                      Pros

                      • Easy to apply
                      • Easy To Clean
                      • Even Paint Distribution
                      • Water based

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                        • Large Areas
                        • Small Areas

                        Comments about Pettit Z-Spar Pettit Hydrocoat Antifouling Bottom Paint:

                        Have used for many years. Goes on easily with great coverage.
                        Has worked very well for us.

                        (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                         
                        5.0

                        Excellent Produce

                        By Captain Tom

                        from Kinsale, Virginia

                        About Me Avid Do-It-Yourselfer

                        Pros

                        • Easy To Clean
                        • Even Paint Distribution
                        • Goes on easy
                        • Good coverage
                        • Very good protection
                        • Water based

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                          • Large Areas
                          • Small Areas

                          Comments about Pettit Z-Spar Pettit Hydrocoat Antifouling Bottom Paint:

                          Rolls on easily, cleans up with water, Dries quickly

                          (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                           
                          5.0

                          I would definately by this paint again

                          By wetenuf

                          from Gautier, MS

                          About Me Avid Do-It-Yourselfer

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                          Pros

                          • Easy To Clean
                          • Ergonomic Grip
                          • Even Paint Distribution
                          • Lightweight

                          Cons

                            Best Uses

                              Comments about Pettit Z-Spar Pettit Hydrocoat Antifouling Bottom Paint:

                              Very easy to apply, easy cleanup

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