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Interlux VC Offshore Racing Bottom Paint Customer Questions and Answers

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I have a Seaswirl 2601 WA, it has a black bottom coat from the previous owner, its wearing off. I will trailer the boat to the fresh water lakes. It will only be in the water a few days/weeks each time and then back on the trailer. I would like the bottom to be slick and fast, would Interlux VC Off shore black be a good coating that would last 3-5 years, easy to touch up and can I get a good finish with a roller application. I have sprayed car paints 15 years ago?

Asked on 04/01/2013 by Joe W

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Joe I have used VC Offshore on my 29 foot racing sloop for three years now. I tried the paint because I exclusively race the boat and need a smooth finish. And that you will get. However, just using a foam roller to apply is not enough to get a smooth finish. YOu will need to orbital sand with 600# and then after that burnish by hand. ONce the finish is smooth, the waterfowling qualities are not that good. At least in New England, by late summer you will need a diver to scrub the bottom once weekly in order to avoid growth if you are going to leave it in all season. If you are taking it out every few days/weeks you would be fine as you can just power wash on the hard. In sum, if you are going to race the boat, you can expect a very super smooth finish with some elbow grease in terms of follow up sanding, but be prepared to scrub regularly throughout the season if the boat is in the water for any long period of time.

Answered on 04/03/2013 by PAT CERUNDOLO
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No. First- it cannot be applied over most existing bottom paints. Second- it loses its potency if allowed to stay out of the water for more than 30 days or so. Third- no way you'll get 3-5 years out of it. Fourth- for a really slick & fast bottom VC Offshore needs to be sprayed.

Answered on 04/04/2013 by JOE LAUN

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If it is performance you are after than why bottom paint your boat in the first place? Nothing is smoother and sleeker than just having a glass bottom, especially since your boat is only sitting in the water for a few days before being taken back out. Moreover, if you drive the boat around then bottom fouling will not have a chance to grow. Since I do not think bottom fouling will be an issue for you I would recommend stripping off the old paint to the glass. This option is cheaper, faster, and sleeker. As for the Interlux VC Offshore I believe it is the best. I am a very competitive sailboat racer and would not use or recommend any else for the serious sailing racer. Not just from my experience but from speaking with several shipyards (which do quality work) they swear by Interlux products. In regards to it's durability and applicability, this is dependent on how well you prep the bottom and how thick of a coat you apply. If the prep is done well it will role on with ease.

Answered on 04/03/2013 by ANTHONY JULIAN

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I've been using VC Offshore for years on my 85' Catalina 27 but that's primarily because it was previously on the boat when I bought it. it's definitely a slick hard paint but one of the drawbacks is that it can only be used on top of itself and should not applied to other bottom paints. So to use it I believe you would first have to remove the existing paint, apply a barrier coat if necessary, and then apply the VC Offshore. Subsequent re-coats or touch-ups would have to be done with VC Offshore. To switch to another type of paint later means you would once again have to start from scratch. I have no regrets about using VC Offshore because I find it holds up very well (my boat spends the entire season on a mooring on Cape Cod ) and it looks terrific - no blistering whatsoever......but I do sand and re-coat every spring. Hope this helps!

Answered on 04/03/2013 by MICHAEL PROVOST

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I've used vc offshore on my racing sailboat which was applied by roller, sanded and burnished with fine bronze wool for a slick and fast finish. It should last a long time if the boat is msosly out of water. In seawater it tends to slime up after about 18 months.

Answered on 04/03/2013 by MURRAY SWAYZE

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We have had good luck with VC Offshore. We leave our boat (Compac Eclipse) in a freshwater lake for about 6 months out of the year. It cleans up well and touch ups are easy. Not exactly the same as your application but for what it is worth... Good luck!

Answered on 04/03/2013 by ROBERT MILLER

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Joe I have been told that VC Offshore, as a hard, vinyl-based paint, loses its effectiveness when out of the water for a few months. It sounds like your boat will be out of the water most of the time. I would check with Interlux and see if your goal of having one good coating last for 3-5 years is possible. Also, VC Offshore is designed for salt water conditions. There could very well be a cheaper, fresh water alternative for you.

Answered on 04/03/2013 by DONALD SNELGROVE

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VC Off Shore will not go over most other bottom paints. You will need to strip off all previous paints first. VC Off Shore is a hard paint and will hold up, but it will become chalky looking when out of the water.

Answered on 04/03/2013 by LARRY ROMANO
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best type of paint roller ?

Asked on 04/15/2016 by Undisclosed

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1" X 5" Fuzzy

Answered on 06/12/2016 by ROBERT UTZ
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I've almost always used a short nap roller. I've also used a foam roller but you'll need more than one depending on the size of your boat - because the paint eats through it fairly quickly. Mine is a 27' and I went thru 3 or 4 foam rollers. The objective - whatever you choose - is not to apply a thick coat. Have fun!

Answered on 04/15/2016 by MICHAEL PROVOST

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I use the West Epoxy yellow foam rollers. I also thin the paint with the recommend thinner.

Answered on 04/19/2016 by LARRY ROMANO

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I have used foam rollers to get a very good smooth finish that is then ready for sanding and burnishing -- you can find them on Jamestown Dist. Problem is that the paint will eventually separate the foam from the cardboard roller- I've used as many as half a dozen rollers to put one coat on a 29 foot sailboat -- once the roller separates it is useless as it results in a bumpy application. I haven't found a way around this.

Answered on 04/15/2016 by PAT CERUNDOLO
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Can this be put over baltaplate?

Asked on 05/16/2016 by Paul Woolhiser

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YES

Answered on 06/12/2016 by ROBERT UTZ
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Yes. Essentially the exact same paint.

Answered on 05/16/2016 by Ben White

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I assume you mean Baltoplate......According to a bottom paint compatibility chart provided by Interlux, the answer to your question is yes. Prep is the same as applying over VC-Offshore itself which is simply to clean the bottom.

Answered on 05/16/2016 by MICHAEL PROVOST
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Can I buy this paint in quart size ?

Asked on 04/29/2014 by Undisclosed

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Ask Jamestown if they still stock qts , I always did in the past I prefer the smaller can for easier handling Hop it helps Eric

Answered on 04/29/2014 by ERIC KERMAN
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I have had a hard time finding VC Offshore in quart cans for two or three years (no luck at Westmarine). Jamestown was that only place I could find last Spring. A quick look at Jamestown Dist. and Amazon tells me that only the gallon size is available at these two places. Best of luck. A gallon is a big investment if you only need 1/4 that amount!

Answered on 04/29/2014 by ROBERT MILLER

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The paint was available in quarts for a period of time from Jamestown, but is currently only available in gallons from all the regular dealers of Interlux product. Unlike VC17 a catalyst is not required and the paint can be stored for later use. I keep extra for touch up. If you plan on wetsanding/burnishing, make sure to add an extra coat or two to prevent areas without paint once you get it smooth and shiny.

Answered on 04/29/2014 by ERIC BEEMER
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I have VC Offshore bottom paint on my boat currently... can i topcoat with other Interlux Products?

Asked on 04/13/2015 by Undisclosed

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I have used VC Offshore for years but have never tried to go over it with another finish. I would contact Interlux directly.

Answered on 04/13/2015 by LARRY ROMANO
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No. VC Off Shore has teflon in it which means you cannot put anything over the top of it. Theoretically you could put Interlux Balotoplate (now called Regatta I think) over the top as that is another teflon based paint, but it has even less more teflon and less copper and other anti micrbrials etc. that VC Offshore. If you want to to stick with a hard race paint the VC Offshore is pretty good - I have used it for years (which is probably why they asked me to comment) but if you want to switch to an ablative then you'll need to remove the VCOffshore either by sanding or soda-blasting. And that is a lot of work ..... I've just bought a new boat that had an ablative bottom paint and since I race I need to move to Offshore or Baltoplate so I have jsut had the whole lot soda blated off and then sprent all of last weekend sanding to get a good finish for the barrier to go on. Hope this helps and good luck!

Answered on 04/13/2015 by HAMISH YOUNG
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I am looking to buy a boat that has VC offshore on it. It was done 3-5 years ago, so I assume it will need to be recoated soon. What is the recoat process?

Asked on 02/14/2015 by bob sutherland

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should just need a light sand and then roll a new coat on. You can make it smoother by rolling and tipping and then if you want a full race bottom after rolling and tipping wet sand with 400 then 600 grit paper and then burnish with steel wool .

Answered on 04/13/2015 by HAMISH YOUNG
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Sand and remove any loose paint. Sand the bottom, wipe down with Interlux 216 thinner, apply 2 to 3 coats of VC Offshore, burnish after last coat has cured.

Answered on 02/16/2015 by Rick White
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How many seasons can I get out of this paint in fresh water? The boat spends 9 months in the water.

Asked on 01/26/2015 by Rodney Schraw

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It should last a number of years. Apply 3 coats to a properly prepared hull. (see product instructions)

Answered on 01/26/2015 by Rick White
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At least 10 seasons. I've been using my ship in the salty Puget Sound WA state, for the past 4 seasons. The paint continues to display beautifully, without any waxing. I simply rinse all of the salt water water off, with fresh water, when I am done with my voyages.

Answered on 03/09/2015 by RICHARD ROMBAL
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can i paint over vc17 with vc off shore?planning a trip south from the great lakes

Asked on 04/11/2012 by kurt schultz

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Kurk, I recommend you go to interlux website and see what they say...I believe you can, but go to their sight...google the paint and they will pop up in the list.

Answered on 04/11/2012 by STEVE ADAMS
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From my own personal experience, no idea , but I would guess a yes ,,,,,,,,and suggest a call to the mfgr for sure Since they are named VC in each case, I would expect it to be a different additive package for salt water,, but same basic formulation Eric

Answered on 04/11/2012 by ERIC KERMAN
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How much paint do I need to paint with a roller or spray paint (I assume the answers are different) 2 coats of VC Offshore on a J133, a 43 foot sailboat?

Asked on 12/14/2020 by Ron from Rye, NY

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Ron, theoretical coverage is 300 sq feet per gallon of paint. The formula to calculate how much paint you will need is Length x Beam x 0.85 = Approximate Surface Area sq ft. This paint is recommended to be applied in 2-3 coats. This is paint is designed to be applied relatively thick 5mil wet. Here is a link to the tech data sheet where you will see tips for spraying. https://doc.jamestowndistributors.com/userportal/pdfs/Interlux/interlux_vc_offshore_racing_antifouling_tds.pdf

Answered on 12/14/2020 by Scott
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do I need any kind of certification to paint my boat bottom with VC offshore racing bottom paint

Asked on 09/18/2018 by Bill from Oyster Bay, NY

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Either your state or county allows copper base paints or not is the issue. I've never heard of any certificate for paint, but your yard would be the best source.

Answered on 09/18/2018 by svanomaly
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