In-progress bottom paint job
In-progress bottom paint job
New bottom paint
New bottom paint
Vivid white bottom paint on a Four Winns crusier
Vivid white bottom paint on a Four Winns crusier
Catalina sailboat in need of bottom paint repair
Catalina sailboat in need of bottom paint repair.
Catalina sailboat with new bottom paint
Catalina 25 blister repair, bottom paint, cracks in gelcoat on deck repaired
Before application of VC Performance epoxy
Before application of VC Performance epoxy
Finished VC Offshore bottom
Finished VC Offshore bottom
VC Performance Epoxy on bottom, wet sanded and polished.
VC Performance Epoxy on bottom, wet sanded and polished.

Why are Barrier Coats and Bottom Paint necessary?

Gelcoat is a porous material and will absorb moisture when your boat is left in the water for an extended period of time. The water entering the hull chemically reacts with the glass fibers and uncured resins. This reaction produces pressure which causes blistering and cracking in the surface. Once blisters and cracks start, the boat’s laminate will absorb water like a sponge. Antifouling paint alone will not prevent this from occurring; an epoxy barrier coat must be applied to seal the hull prior to bottom paint. The barrier coat will protect and seal the hull. The antifouling paint provides protection against barnacles, mussels, weeds and slime. Protection is always better than the cure.

Bottom Paints do not have to be ugly

Our most popular bottom paint is Vivid antifouling paint by Pettit. It is a hybrid high-performance, multi-seasonal, dual-biocide antifouling paint. It is available in a bright white finish which is our most popular color choice. Other colors can be custom mixed from the six base colors to match or compliment your boat color.

Our process to a high quality professional job

Preparation, high-quality products and proper application are key to having a long-lasting paint job.

  • All boats are lifted off trailers and safely supported on stands in our climate-controlled paint room.
  • Moisture levels of the hull are determined; if levels are too high, they are corrected before proceeding. This is the most critical step in the process.
  • Entire boat, excluding bottom, is covered and masked off including around drive.
  • Surface is washed and de-waxed to ensure all contaminates are removed from hull.
  • Entire bottom is sanded with 80 grit paper to achieve a uniform dull, frosty finish. Inadequate surface preparation will result in failure of paint adhesion.
  • Bottom is then cleaned again.
  • The hull can now be inspected for deep scratches, cracks, chips, or blistering of the gelcoat. At this point, any required repairs will be made.
  • Barrier coat (four coats of epoxy barrier coat primer) is then applied (total dry thickness 12 mills).
  • Three medium coats of antifouling paint are applied which offers multi-season protection and optimal performance.

All of our coatings are sprayed (not rolled) in a heated paint booth which ensures even application of the product, smoother finish, complete consistent cure and creates less drag on your boat.

Bottom Paint recoats available

  • All boats are lifted off trailers and safely supported on stands in our climate-controlled paint room.
  • Entire boat, excluding bottom, is covered and masked off including around drive.
  • Entire surface is sanded with 80 grit sand paper to ensure removal of all contaminates and ensure maximum adhesion.
  • Two coats applied by spraying.

Different types of antifouling paint are available for types of environment and uses.

How long before recoat is needed?

  • Recoats are needed because antifouling paints, depending on the type, can release all their biocides or slowly wear away like a bar of soap.
  • Intervals between recoats can vary depending upon product used, type of water conditions, and usage.
  • Man-made pollution and natural occurrences can affect antifouling paint performance—water temperatures, silt dirt, pollution and water flow.

VC Performance Epoxy
Hard, Fast, Smooth Underwater Finish with Teflon

VC Performance Epoxy is an extremely hard, two-component epoxy that contains Teflon. It has been designed for use on boats that do not require antifouling such as trailered or rack stored boats. The hard white finish resembles the original gelcoat and will resist scuffing, marring, and staining of the surface. This is a much more economical alternative to re-gelcoating a severely damaged boat bottom. If your boat bottom is in poor shape, this a great option.

repairing a poor bottom paint job
The above boat was brought to us with bottom paint incorrectly applied. The bottom was not prepared and no barrier coat was applied. The black bottom paint was falling off.
epoxy and anti-fouling bottom paint
We aggressively sanded the bottom, removed all the black bottom paint and exposed fresh gelcoat. Four coats of epoxy barrier coat and three coats of Vivid white anti-fouling paint were then applied.
Prepping the bottom for new bottom paint
Prepping the bottom for new bottompaint
Blister damage on unprotected sailboat hull
Blister damage on unprotected sailboat hull
Vivid bottom paint colors
Vivid bottom paint colors
26′ Sea Ray with blistering, cracking gelcoat and exposed fiberglass
26′ Sea Ray with blistering, cracking gelcoat and exposed fiberglass
26′ Sea Ray ready for VC Epoxy application
26′ Sea Ray ready for VC Epoxy application
26′ Sea Ray after VC Epoxy application
26′ Sea Ray after VC Epoxy application
VC Performance epoxy
VC Performance epoxy