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Barnacles Consume Test Panels at 18 Months

by Darrell Nicholson on February 24, 2015

Our semi-annual inspection of bottom paint panels always yields surprises, but during the nearly ten years I've been barnacle-counter-in-chief, I haven't been more surprised than I was last month. My inspection in January marked the eighteenth months of continuous immersion for approximately 60 paints that were undergoing testing. During a normal year, I would expect roughly 12-15 of those panels to still be fighting barnacles, but that's not what I found.

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