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Product Details

Interlux VC 17m is a thin-film antifouling paint for boats in freshwater and low-fouling saltwater. This paint's formula consists of a thin fluoro microadditive film with metallic copper powder for a super hard, smooth coating that repels barnacles, zebra mussels, teredos & algae. Tests have shown boat speed improvements up to 10%.

VC-17M has a long history of use on racing sailboats due to its smoothness & drag reducing qualities. The same non-stick qualities make it ideal for powerboat owners seeking fuel consumption savings.

Most paints require tedious sanding to create a smooth, burnished finish suitable for racing. Choosing VC17 lets you skip all that sanding. 17m goes on eight times thinner to prevent paint buildup.

Available in Orginal, Blue & Red in Quart size.

Not for use in California

Tech Specs
Drying Information 50 Degrees F73 Degrees F95 Degrees F
Touch dry/Immersion5 min/20 min3 min/15 min2 min/10 min
Overcoated By Min-MaxMin-MaxMin-Max
VC 17M10 min-10 min-10 min-
Info & Guides
Note: The chemical compound behind the highly effective anti-slime additive Irgarol was unavailable for several years. Paint manufacturers substituted additional zinc in its absence to ensure similar antifouling performance. Bottom paints containing Irgarol are once again available, and are recommended for extra protection in medium to severe fouling conditions.


PREVIOUSLY PAINTED SURFACES: With VC 17m Surface must be clean and dry prior to application of VC 17m. Sand areas that are loose or flaking with 320 grade (grit) paper. Clean with Special Thinner 216. with conventional antifouling paint Removal is best but if this is not possible, start sanding with 80 grade (grit) paper and progressively sand with finer grades until the final sanding with 320 grade (grit). Remove sanding residue.

BARE FIBERGLASS: Begin by scrubbing well using soap and water and a stiff brush. Rinse with fresh water. Wipe with Fiberglass Solvent Wash 202. Sand with 320 grade (grit) paper. Wipe clean.

BARE WOOD: Wipe clean. Sand surface, wipe clean.

STEEL/LEAD: (Keels & Hulls) Blast to near white metal surface (Sa 2.5).

Method Apply 2-3 coats on the area to be coated per season. Do not sand between coats of VC 17m.


Mixing Pour the powder (stored under the plastic hat) into the can. Stir or shake thoroughly.

Thinner V172

Airless Spray Electric Airless Spray: Pressure: Full. Tip Size: 1.5-1.8 mm/60-70 thou. If spraying in hot, dry conditions or outside with wind, you can add VC 17m Thinner to VC 17m to slow down the dry time during application. Add up to 15% by volume. Spraying too far from the hull will cause dry spraying which will result in poor adhesion and negatively affect the antifouling performance of the product. Spraying of antifouling paints is prohibited in Canada.

Brush Do not brush apply.

Roller Use a short nap roller. Add V172 up to 15% should VC 17m be drying too quickly for application. Put just enough paint to fill the roller in the roller tray and put the lid back on the can.

Other Surfaces previously painted with VC 17m do not need to be sanded. Performance of the paint relies directly on the care taken in surface preparation, the application technique, and the number of coats applied. VC 17m is a copper color at application.

Some Important Points It takes several weeks of immersion to develop final color. It may not change color above the true waterline. Product temperature should be minimum 10 C/50 F and maximum 32 C/90 F. Ambient temperature should be minimum 7 C/45 F and maximum 35 C/95 F. Substrate temperature should be minimum 7 C/45 F and maximum 35 C/95 F.

Compatibility/Substrates Apply to clean, dry, properly prepared surfaces only. Bare surfaces must be sanded. Do not apply VC 17m over graphite antifoulings. Do not apply over soft antifouling paints. Do not apply VC 17m over aluminum.

Number of Coats 2-3

Coverage (Theoretical) - 313.5 (sq ft/Gal) by roller

Recommended DFT 0.4 mils dry
Recommended WFT 4.9 mils wet

Application Methods Roller, Airless Spray (Electric)

Technical Information

  • Color: V105E-Original, V106E-Blue, V107E-Red
  • Finish: Matte
  • Specific Gravity: 0.813
  • Volume Solids: 8%
  • Mix Ratio: As supplied
  • Typical Shelf Life: 3 yrs
  • VOC (As Supplied): 515 g/lt


TRANSPORTATION: VC 17m should be kept in securely closed containers during transport and storage.

STORAGE: Exposure to air and extremes of temperature should be avoided. For the full shelf life of VC 17m to be realised ensure that between use the container is firmly closed and the temperature is between 5 C/40 F and 35 C/95 F. Keep out of direct sunlight.

DISPOSAL: Container Disposal: Triple Rinse (or equivalent). Then offer for recycling or reconditioning, or puncture and dispose of in a sanitary landfill or by other procedures approved by state or local authorities. Pesticide Disposal: Open dumping is prohibited. Pesticide, spray mixture or rinsate that cannot be used or chemically reprocessed should be disposed of according to procedures approved by Federal, state, or local disposal authorities.

Reviews for Interlux VC 17m Extra with Biolux Bottom Paint

10 of 10 Reviews

June 7, 2021

I use VC17 year after year
By Lou from Sandusky, Oh

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VC17 has been on the bottom since the boat was new in 1983

Bottom Line Yes, I would recommend to a friend

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November 1, 2018

I have been using VC-17 for decades.
By Hutch from Plainfield VT - Sail out of Malletts Bay

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I have been using VC 17 over VC tar for many years. Before spring launch I daub a bit of VC Tar over any of the iron keel that has been exposed. I just chip off the rust bubble and cover the spots. If there are a lot of them I may wet-sand just a little. The bottom is pressure washed every fall when hauled. The only other preparation is a wipe down with a rag soaked with a little VC thinner. Then I roll on (with a 2" roller using the VC can cover as a pot) a thinned coat of VC17. That's when I'm glad its a 26' not a 36' boat. But it only takes a couple hours and the surface is OK (not a super-slick race finish - but when I raced I lost more with one rough tack than I ever lose to bad bottom finish). VC 17 keeps the scum loose and easily cleaned in the fall.

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July 6, 2018

Goes on easy dries fast
By Trix from Lake Granby, CO

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easy application with a 3" form roller, dries very fast (10 min) and make the boat faster then other options. Great for the fresh water lake where we keep our 27' sailboat.

Bottom Line Yes, I would recommend to a friend

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February 12, 2018

Application Hint
By Mike Overton from Michigan

I roll it on, but have found the best way to apply to the roller is by putting paint into a squeeze bottle and directly applying it to the roller. Keeps paint from drying in the roller tray, thereby saving paint and money!!!

Bottom Line Yes, I would recommend to a friend

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April 12, 2016

I would buy this product again.
By US/CA/UK Sailing from Oswego, N.Y.

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This paint is about the only game in town when it comes to maintaining a fresh water racing finish.

Bottom Line Yes, I would recommend to a friend

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June 1, 2015

Well pleased
By Rich from Lakewood, OH

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Bottom painting went smoothly and well. Bottom of the boat (at least) looks great

Bottom Line Yes, I would recommend to a friend

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April 7, 2013

Great Coating for a great Price
By TrooperKT from Champlain, NY

Here on Lake Champlain, the Zebra Musscles can ruin your water craft. With a good coating of Interlux VC 17m Extra with Biolux Bottom Coating, the job is a snap. We did not have a single Zebra Musscle on any of our boats.

Bottom Line Yes, I would recommend to a friend

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December 12, 2012

Easy to apply, great finish
By GB from Nashville TN

Because this evaporates so quickly - mix it in a two liter soda bottle and have a partner pour a little at a time into your paint roller tray. Finished result looks good and protects well.

Bottom Line Yes, I would recommend to a friend

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May 21, 2012

VC-17 Good Coating
By woodenu from NY

I have used this for 20 seasons. Goes on easy and works. No bottom paint removal from season to season, just wash and recoat.

Bottom Line Yes, I would recommend to a friend

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March 6, 2008

Easy to apply. Easy to keep clean.
By RB from Minnesota

I've used this for years. It goes on easily with a roller. Makes a smooth, slick surface. Easy to reapply. When it needs to be reapplid, A little light sanding and you are ready for a new coat. Needs to be wiped down occasionally to remove slime and growth but that stuff comes off easily with a swipe of a rag.

Bottom Line Yes, I would recommend to a friend

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