Features October 2008 Issue

Last Call for Top-Rated Bottom Paints After Two Years

Our two-year test wraps up with 20 top-rated paints. Unlike the last two-year results when hard paints dominated, the group is split with 10 self-polishing or ablative paints and 10 hard paints. Our Recommended, Best Choice, and Budget Buy picks also are divided pretty evenly. In past rating cycles for this panel set (October 2007 and March 2008), Interlux Micron 66 and Sea Hawk Biocop TF were named top picks. These two still lead the pack at the two-year mark. Both are expensive, with Micron 66 costing $220 per gallon and Biocop TF ringing in at $228 per gallon. They also both use zinc pyrithione as an anti-slime agent. Our top bright-color paint after two years in the water is Blue Water Kolor—another expensive paint, priced at $170 per gallon. The top-performing two-year paint suitable for race boats is Interlux’s VC Offshore. Pettit Trinidad SR, well polished, would also be a good choice for racing.

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