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Anti-Fouling Paint

Consider your boat's environment when choosing bottom paint. Interlux's Micron line has a product to fit a variety of situations.

June 14, 2016
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Most people know marine growth on the hull causes drag that slows you down. Too many people don’t realize the paint itself can actually slow you down—and with too many layers of paints, the effect gets worse with time.

The first consideration when painting your boat’s bottom is what type of growth do you have in your area, and how aggressively will it grows. Choosing the proper paint for the area is essential because whether your boating takes place in fresh or saltwater, north or south, east or west, every region has different fouling challenges to defeat.

Micron Technology anti-fouling paint has been around for over 30 years. A product of Interlux, its their expertise makes the brand one of the primary “go-to’s” among professional yards and production boat companies like Viking Yachts and Hinckley and Do-It-Yourself’s.

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Keeping fouling at bay is the first step in protecting your boat while maintaining its performance. Self-polishing copolymer paint adds another layer of performance. With Micron 99 with Advanced Biolux for fresh or saltwater or Micron 66 for saltwater, paints actually polish themselves through a patented chemical reaction, leaving the boat’s bottom smoother than it was when originally painted. A smoother bottom gains more speed through better hull efficiencies, making for better fuel economy.

If your boat can use copper-based paints, they are the ultimate in fouling protection. Micron CSC is an ideal choice with the capability to fight marine growth year round. Micron CSC HS is another durable bottom paint with a high solid volume allowing the boat yard or skipper to fully protect the boat with fewer coats.

Water-based paints are also useful, particularly in high-fouling areas. Micron Optima with Activated Biolux is a great solution and boasts the easy application process of water-based coatings.

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For those of you looking for a copper-free, bright color for use on any substrate including aluminum, Micron CF with Biolux is a great option for you. The bright colors including a bright white will give any boat a fantastic and bold finish with performance.

Performance, protection, fuel efficiency and durability are key attributes to paints you choose for your boat. An established brand assures you’ll get that from your investment. That is likely why Micron is chosen by builders like Viking Yachts and Hinckley when they deliver a new boat to their customer.

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