Defender offers a wide selection of antifouling bottom paints. We regularly stock copper-based bottom paints, copper-free paints and water-based anti-fouling bottom paints as well as bottom paints with anti-slime protection. The following brands are available and ready to ship: Interlux, Pettit, Aquagard, Flexdel, Sea Hawk, Velox, and MDR.
Antifouling Bottom Paint
Defender offers a wide selection of antifouling bottom paints. We regularly stock copper-based bottom paints, copper-free paints, and water-based anti-fouling bottom paints as well as bottom paints with anti-slime protection. Soft and hard paint that leaches antifouling properties plus epoxy-based bottom paints that are long-lasting will protect your hull from growth that can slow you down.
What is in this paint that keeps the critters away?
Marine bottom paints include chemicals that leach from the paint over time and allow the hull to resist growth and slime. "Soft" paint or ablative antifouling paints leach biocides through the surface as the coating breaks down. Harder paints, sometimes including epoxy work the same way without the coating breaking down. Some bottom paints include copper which is a strong inhibitor for barnacles and other marine life that normally attach to the hull.
Will painting the bottom of my boat affect the value?
On the contrary, a good bottom paint job actually protects your hull from barnacles and other crustaceans that can cause damage. Bottom paint is available in several colors and can coordinate with boot stripes on the hull. Marine antifouling paint even makes cleaning the bottom quite a bit easier during haul out.
How do I know which paint to choose?
Defender Marine offers several options for marine antifouling bottom paint by gallon. Infused with copper, biocides, or cuprous oxide - these are additives that you choose and will lead you to a specific brand. There are boat bottom paints available for gel coat and fiberglass coverage. Defender Marine offers bottom paint for RIBs that is flexible and is resistant to cracking. Antifouling paint designed specifically for metal is available in a spray and Defender even has antifouling paints for buoys and lines to keep slim and barnacles from forming.