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Old 08 July 2004, 12:02   #1
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A simple question to those that have used it - how do you apply it? Do you brush it on and then wipe/polish, or just wipe it on? Can you spray it?

And - how long does it take?

I've looked on their website, but the FAQ doesn't include anything on how you apply it (that I can find anyway). Thanks!!

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Old 08 July 2004, 13:54   #2
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Wipe on in small circles applying as thin a coat as possible. 4-5 thin coats will work a lot better than 1-2 thick ones.

DO NOT POLISH OFF!!

Wait for the wax to dry for 30 mins between coats. As for how long it will take, that depends on how long you can last at a time lying under your trailer without getting backache. I put on 4 coats and will give the boat another one when she comes out of the water in a few weeks to go to Baltimore.

Also, Do not wash the hull with anything other than fresh water (no detergent!!). If you use detergent/ hull cleaners they can strip the coating.

You will need to leave the last coat to dry for 8 hours before it goes in the water.

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Old 09 July 2004, 07:47   #3
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I've just bought 2 bottles ready to go on.

Thanks for the helpful comments about how to apply it.

My boats been in the water about 6 weeks now not antifouled, Thames brackish water, and theres a lot of green slime.

How pristine should I try and get the hull before applying Safeboatskin?
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Old 09 July 2004, 08:05   #4
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Sorry Tim, I don't really have an answer for this one as my hull was brand new when I applied mine. However I would imagine that you should try and get the hull as clean as possible, removing all growth and stains. If you use any chemical cleaning products when cleaning the hull, wash the hull down afterwards using soapy water.
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Old 09 July 2004, 08:46   #5
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Looking at getting this stuff.

Now that you have it on for a few weeks how is it handling the little baby barnicles. I can understand the slim /weed not adering to the wax but would have tought that the wee baby translucent barnicles might attach straight through the wax onto the gelcoat.

Any sign of the little pimples yet ??? Usually difficult ot see but can be felt with the hand.

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Old 09 July 2004, 09:25   #6
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Paul,

I know the ones you are on about, had to clean thousands off the last boat after a spell of neglect and laziness. No sign of the little sh#ts so far anyway!! So far only signs of any growth are the water mark on the transom, but I was told that this would happen and after simply wiping it with my fingers it has cleaned straight off. The hull cleans itself by water moving over its surface. The smooth surface of the hull limits the grip the barnacles and other crap have and they simply slip off. Due to the fact that there is no water moving past the transom some staining does occur but will clean off using running water and a sponge or your hand.
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How did you get the little feckers off on the last boat. I,ve tried scrubbing but no use.


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Old 09 July 2004, 11:06   #8
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Deck brush, 3 young lads, plenty of fairy liquid and jif bleach (was a white hull!!) and about 3 days!! The 3 days being the important factor!!

Good luck, i wouldn't wish the task on anybody!!
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Paul,

I have just done this task of removing the little 'things' (for want of a much stronger word). I think the key is to start getting them off as soon as the boat is out of the water as they're softer then. Leave them overnight and they harden (presumably as they die?). But, I had a wooden wedge and a pressure washer (for the slime) and I had success in an afternoon. I have handed the boat over to the pros for the final finishing where they will also antifoul it to prevent such a build up in the future.

But, removing barnicles in this way works. Just slide the wedge down the hull and it gets under them and they fall off. Quite satisying too.
Hope this helps,

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Talking of all this just seen an article in MBY from Tony Lee Elliott about a RIB they built with a copper impregnated hull - still clear of growth years later!
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