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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Curing Mechanism: Solvent Release
Solids (theoretical): Weight- 83 +- 2%, Volume- 65 +- 2%
Coverage: 440 sq. ft/gal. (includes a 15%
VOC: 330 g/l max. (as supplied)
Flash Point: 110Deg F (SETA)
Application Method: Brush, Roller, Airless or Conventional
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
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
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.
Great for trailerable boats.
Compatible with most antifouling paints.
Can be hauled and launched with little wear.
Dry Time Hours
Number Of Parts:
Copper AF Paint
Vivid is supposed to be a multi-season paint. I sail 3 months every year, haul the boat and pressure wash the bottom. I typically repaint the entire bottom with Vivid every season. Is this necessary? Or can a touch it up and relaunch without repainting the entire bottom?
Vivid is a multi season paint. If it's in good condition, a light sanding and touch up in high wear areas is fine. Otherwise a light scrub with a scotchbrite pad will refresh the paint for relaunch providing you still have paint coverage.
JD Tech Team
I just brought a new 2015 yamaha 240 are jet boat. I will leave in lake Erie during the summer, should I barrier coat first then apply 2 coats of vivid?
Yes. A couple coats of barrier and then a couple coats of Vivid and you should be good to go for about three years.
James:If the bottom of your new jet boat is just gel-coated fiberglass the I would recommend two coats of a compatible barrier coat. FYI, I had trouble with Pettit Vivid. I would have many areas on the bottom of my 30 sailboat where the paint would flake off after a summer season on the Great Lakes. I don't know if was the paint or my application.
I am always a fan of epoxy barrier coats, especially if I bought a new boat. It's not necessary but it's great insurance for the cost involved
my fiberglass boat currently has black bottom paint, can i use white bottom paint over the black and not have the black show through. trying to do this without sanding and removing all the black bottom paint, a lot of this black has come off, as it appears it has been years since last bottom paint was applied ?
I think 2 coats will cover, but not certain.
Unless you plan to spray on the Vivid you will likely end up with a grey bottom.I would recommend a different white paint. This year a changed over to a Sea Hawk Smart Solutions.
The typical 2 coat application should cover the black paint but the more important concern is the condition and type of existing bottom paint. You need to be sure the Vivid is compatible with the old paint and that the paint is adhering well. If the old bottom paint is not in good condition it may flake off during the application of the new paint or worse peel off during use. The safest way is to remove the old paint then prime and paint, this may be a lot of work now but it will pay off in the long run.
this is ablative?
Yes. It is a hybrid combining the sloughing effect of ablative paint ( multi season) and it can be polished if you need a super smooth hard finish.
Yes it is. It dries to a hard finish which can be polished unlike typical bottom paint which is soft and doesent polish or burnish very well.
Yes it is,
how many qt. of vivid does one need for a 24 foot abaco scout bottom paint? 2 coats hope that will due,bottom painted in april '15 with black ablative bottom paint, an expensive paint.
I have an 18ft skiff and painted 3 coats and used 2 quarts of paint. Looks great - haven't had it in the water yet - but hoping for the best. Hope this helps!
For my 15 ft whaler I used a little more than half a quart for the initial 2 costs. Used the remaining amount on a re-coat after the 3rd season. I used a roller and put on thin coats. It covered well and was very effective for me.
Better to brush or roll?
I had good results with roll and tip method.
Hello. I used both. A roller for large surface areas that was consistent and then a brush for tight corners and hard to reach areas around I/o unint and trim tabs
KENNETH SEAN QUILL
I found it easier to roll just to get it done quicker.
I have always applied with low tack foam rollers.Apply in light multiple coats. Burnish lightly after dry with 600-800 wet sand paper or scotch brite pads.
I used a roller, applied easily.
Is Pettit Vivid antifouling paint water clean up?
no and it should not be if it is bottom paint worth using
Hunter Sharp Jr
I am sorry, I don't know the answer, I bought it on behalf of someone else
No, need to use paint thinner
No, you need to clean up with their thinner, or I used mineral spirits
does this bottom paint require any sort of primer or can it be applied over old ?
I had no problem with it adhering well, but I did do a real detailed job of roughing up to old paint with 120 and 150 sandpaper
I applied over existing vivid paint just a light sanding prior to application still working great
As long as your old bottom paint is good and not showing any bare spots,sand and wash bottom so you have a good surface to bond to.see if your old paint is compatible with the old paint,if it is then no primer is needed.
I don't know. I'd ask the manufacturer.
I would always recommend a bonding coat, check with Petit. I believe they will agree.
i am interested in the vivid white antifouling, but concerned about is holding up on my Boston Whaler 270. my BW will run at around 35 mph, with occasional jumps to the low to mid 50 mph. I want ot be sure it will hold up.i used Micron CSC in white last year and it did not hold up well. thoughts?
It will hold up never had a problem
you should not have any problem IF applied correctly. the proper preparation is the most important part and if properly applied it will hold up to this type of wear and tear...
Held up for three years for me.
At that low speed you can't blame the water if the paint doesn't stay on. It's not the absolute best paint on the market for its resistance to slime and barnacles, but it is trailerable. There are 2 reasons that this bottom paint may not stay on well: surface prep and putting it on too thickly. Mine stays on well over Awlgrip 545 primer, but follow the manufacturer's instructions to the tee for prep and application. good luck.
Hello -- We have an pontoon boat with aluminun pontoons. The boat is 20 feet long. I have been using the Pettit Vivid Antifouling bottom paint. I did prime it with the two part primer when it was brand new. Do i need to continue to use the two part primer again since it is 6 years old? I only paint our boat every two years with this vivid bottom paint. It is great and I can get two years out of this paint. Can I get more than two years out of this paint also? I think the pirmer that is used was 4000 and 4001 that I mixed together and it was yellow?
Frank or Barbara Riker
I have used the same bottom paint, color black. After a season of use I just did touch up did not redo the primer except in one specific locations that had a bit of physical damage. I have a barrier Kult underneath the bottom paint which I apply the first time that I applied for bottom paint.Spirit Airlines Flight Confirmation:
on any antifouling you must use the same blend each time unless you take it down to bare base, then you can change.;
You shouldn't need to re prime every time you use the bottom paint. I am not an expert boat painter, but I am a professional house painter. When you have a solid coating for your base, the same should be used over and over. I put this same type of paint on every two years, just for touch up. I hope this helps
Hi Frank and Barbara, I have an aluminum boat and use petit vivid also.you don't need primer again unless you have aluminum showing.and just prime the bare spots. Sand vivid with 60 grit,clean the bottom,let dry and put on a coat or two. Hope this helps,Gerry
looks good after 2 coats
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.
Only JD had this product
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!
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!