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Pettit ViViD Antifouling Bottom Paint

Pettit ViViD is a bright color antifouling bottom paint. Bottom paint, in general, was dull and dirty looking until Vivid. Now you can have the brightest colors, the blackest black and the whitest white you have ever seen in bottom paint.

Its hybrid technology incorporates the benefits of both ablatives and hard paints. So, when you choose a clean, bright Vivid color, you also get a powerful, multi-season, dual biocide antifouling, a Pettit antifouling that is, simply, as effective as it is beautiful.

Available in Quart and Gallon sizes in Black, Blue, Green, Red, Yellow, and White. Black, Blue, and White are also available in a 3 Gallon pail.

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Finish: Flat
Curing Mechanism: Solvent Release
Solids (theoretical): Weight- 83 +- 2%, Volume- 65 +- 2%
Coverage: 440 sq. ft/gal. (includes a 15% loss factor)
VOC: 330 g/l max. (as supplied)
Flash Point: 110Deg F (SETA)
Application Method: Brush, Roller, Airless or Conventional Spray
Number of Coats: 2 or 3
Dry Film Thickness per Coat: 2 mils
Wet Film Thickness per Coat: 3.1 mils
Application Temp: 50Deg F. Min., 90Deg F. Max.

Vivid contains cuprous thiocyanate and as a result of this 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. Vivid is a high solids products. Do not apply this paint in thick films or in more than four coats as poor adhesion may result. When applying by roller use a short nap (3/16 inch maximum) roller cover. Product can be thinned up to 10% (12 ounces per gallon) without any loss in performance. Do not thin beyond your state's compliant limit.

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 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 coating is most effective when the boat is used periodically.

*The below dry times are minimums. Vivid may be recoated after the minimum time shown.


  • Excellent antifoulant for aluminum, fiberglass, wood and steel.
  • Hard low drag finish that can be sprayed and burnished for a racing advantage.
  • Tin free and not restricted in use.
  • Available in five clean bright colors including 1161 White, 1661 Red, 1261 Blue, 1861 Black and 1461 Yellow.
  • Colors can be combined to achieve a rainbow of new clean bright bottom paint colors.
  • Meets VOC regulations with a low 330 grams per liter.
  • Contains two biocides the slime resistant zinc pyrithione algicide and cuprous thiocyanate.
  • Ideal for use on fiberglass, wood or aluminum.
  • Multi-season use.
  • Great for trailerable boats.
  • Compatible with most antifouling paints.
  • Can be hauled and launched with little wear.


Dry Time Hours  To Recoat  To Launch 
90°F  16 
70°F  24 
50°F  16  48 
BRAND: Pettit Z-Spar
Number Of Parts: One Part
Type: Copper AF Paint
3.7 20

looks good after 2 coats


good paint




Looks great


I have received several compliments already (I have only had it on the boat for a week. People like the look and the professionals I have spoken with have all agreed Vivid is a good product.




+I would buy this product again


Easy to use


Conneaut Ohio 44030

Great results, nice hull color match


Used this on an 15 ft whaler I bought that had been trailered only. Hull was pristine. I was concerned about preserving the look. I knew I had to use a bp since it would be in all season ( North Shore, MA). Went with the white. It has been amazing. Boat sits in the water all season. Occasional nylon brush some brown scum near waterline at the beach and power wash it at end-of-season haul-out and its like new again. First application lasted 3 seasons. Could have pushed it to 4, but with first application I was too low on the waterline location. Needed to creep up a few inches. Just got through the season on second application - same result and no more growth or scum above adjusted waterline. I am purchasing a new 23 center next season. Mentioned Vivid to dealer and said he had the same experience I had with the product. Will use it again for sure.

Boating Bob

Gloucester, MA


Only JD had this product


Worked well




As described


Use a short roller as the directions suggest. I rolled and did not tip. Finish came out smooth, rolling and tipping this product would make it come out perfectly smooth. 28 x 9'6" power boat only took 1 gallon for 2 coats, 1/2 what the manufacturer suggested.




Vivid White is a Delight


Racing bottom on J/30. Put on 3 thinned coats with a foam roller over a smooth bottomwith a couple of extra coats at the waterline. The white makes seeing the slime visible for in water bottom cleaning and looks good too.Since the white will show 5 o'clock shadow at the waterline if not cleaned for a couple of weeks, it forces you to clean the bottom regularly. For me this is a feature, not a bug.This will be my third season with Vivid White.

Jeff on Radiant

Atlantic Highlands, NJ


Great product when applied correctly!


This product is great when applied correctly, I had an issue with it, I called Pettit and they explained to me the mud cracking was because I applied it too thick. They said, use a 3/16" nap roller or less. They would rather see me applied 3 very thin coats than 1 or 2 very thick coats. This product uses a non traditional resin structure and needs to be applied THIN! I wait a day in between coats to make sure its totally dry. Long story short, I applied as described and I love the product!!!! I've been using for 5 years now and would never try anything else!

Happy Henry

Annapolis MD


Abrasion resistant, effective paint


I am a professional captain who manages large catamarans and power yachts. I have been using Vivid for more than four years here in southern Florida, in very high fouling environments. The paint has held up well, and averages 18-20 months of good protection from hard growth. It does as well as any other top of the line paint stopping slime/soft growth. Good features:- effective in brackish and fresh water, not ruined like Micron66- reasonable price for multi-season use- very durable paint, does not wear or rub off prematurely- light colors, especially white, work betterIf "mud cracking" is observed,as mentioned in a previous review, the paint was applied incorrectly (too thick or too many coats too quickly). If the paint is not thouroughly mixed, the antifouling results will be poor or spotty. If the paint is peeling, the prep work was faulty, or multiple coats applied too quickly.Any bottom paint will need to be cleaned by wiping/diving, if the boat sits idle a lot of the time. If not maintained, any paint will let growth accumulate. I have seen this lack of maintenance cause problems with all paint brands. Downgrading any paint rating because of failure to maintain it due to dumb local environmental regulations (Puget Sound), lack of attention, or improper application, is not accurate reporting.


Ft. Myers, FL


Worst Paint on the market!


Bought the paint from J.D. Used it on a restoration job. Within 6 months my client called me up and said the paint was flaking off the boat every ware !!! [...] I have worked on boats for many years now so it left me speechless as I watched the paint just fall off the boat as it sat at my shop waiting to get redone. I talked to Pettit about this problem as well. They drove out and inspected the boat themselves and saw first hand the problem and because some of the paint went above what they determined was the water line, they said the paint was misused and that they would not stand behind it!!! If you talk to paint representatives from other companies they will not only confirm hearing similar stories but they even have a name for it. "They call it mud cracking" I will NEVER use a pettit product again!




Pettit ViViD Antifouling Bottom Paint



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