Lately, readers have been asking us about which antifouling paints serve well for specific bodies of water (or type of water). So, in this articleour annual spring bottom paint reportwe will try to answer these questions with some recent reader survey data and sales reports from the two biggest brands in the U.S. (Pettit Paints and Interlux Yacht Finishes). But before we get into the regional breakdowns, a quick recap on choosing bottom paint and our paint testing program is in order. If youre a longtime subscriber, feel free to skip down to the Current Testing section.
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Systems & Propulsion
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Inside Practical Sailor Blog
by Darrell Nicholson on March 04, 2014
Paint removal using a paint stripper is a little like dental work in that theres no one perfect tool, and getting the job done usually requires a tray full of devices. The arsenal of hand-scraping weapons used during our test of paint strippers ranged in caliber from a lightweight, extra-thin and narrow scraper sharpened to a knifes edge to what old shipwrights referred to as a slick. This heavyweight king of the chisel family was kept sharpened with a whetstone and had the mass to plow into thick paint buildup and peel the substrate evenly.