The Perfect Solution to High-Marine Life Areas: Interlux Antifouling Priming Systems

If you live and boat in an area that’s filled with lots of marine life, chances are you have experienced the frustration of having your boat hull attacked by the local wildlife. Today’s solution to marine life is the use of antifouling paint, which releases a biocide that keeps marine life from attaching to the hull of your boat. Antifouling is a reliable way to extend and protect the long life of your hull, no matter what hull substrate you have: from aluminum to fiberglass to wood.

A very popular brand of marine paint that’s famous for its reliability and flexibility is Interlux. Interlux is used across North America by many boaters, and their wide selection of primers, fillers, and paints gives you a solution to your marine life problem.

Any antifouling paint job begins with a very important step: the application of the appropriate primer that’s compatible with antifouling paint. Not just any primer will do. If you have decided to use Interlux antifouling paint on your hull substrate, you should use Interlux primers for the absolute best result and paint compatibility.

For antifouling primers, Interlux offers several options: a one-part no sanding primer known as No Sand Primer YPA200, or a two part no-sand or sanding primer, the InterProtect 2000E primer. All offer varying levels of protection and application times. When deciding which one to use, it’s important to weigh the time you want to spend painting and the amount of protection you need.

The one-part no sand Interlux YPA200 primer offers good protection and has a very short application period, requiring only one coat of primer. Without a need to sand, this option is very good for do-it-yourselfers and those looking to protect their hull for a year or two. It’s also good for boats in low marine-life areas where invading animals aren’t as prevalent.

Interlux No-sand Primer

Interlux No-sand Primer

A two-part no sand system, Interlux InterProtect 2000E, offers slightly more protection than the one-part no sand system. The primer needs only one coat and is used with two-part antifouling paint, preferably from Interlux. This system provides better protection than the one-part system, and is good if you’re willing to put a little extra application time into painting your hull.

Finally, the two-part sanding system uses the same primer, Interlux InterProtect 2000E, but it takes many more coats and sanding of the fiberglass hull and in between coats. The two-part sanding system provides the absolute maximum level of protection. This system calls for six coats of primer under the antifouling paint, with sanding between coats. While this method takes the longest, it will last the longest and is a necessity for areas of high marine life concentration.

Priming your boat is a required step in any fiberglass boat painting job. It gives your antifouling paint better adhesion and prevents blistering of the fiberglass surface, which can ruin the integrity of a hull. The effort and time you put into priming will reflect the protection you gain from your paint job and the long life of your hull.

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