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    Posted: 05 Apr 2012 at 6:09pm
I had my Carolina Skiff J16 painted by the dealer with ACT. I'm trying to find out some things regarding this product: I am in the Fort Myers Beach area of Florida.
Somewhere in the online lit I saw 60 day max. immersion time. Does that mean it can't stay in the water for more than 60 days? If so, what do I do on day 61?
 
How long can I expect this paint to be functional? 1 yr., 2 yr., 3yr., ......
What is the preffered method of action when I take this boat out of the water and store it under my carport in Florida for the summer months.
Do I clean it with any special products? Do I coat it with anything to preserve it's properties while it's out of the water? Will it dry out and be useless?
I would love to find a location on your website that has more answers along these lines. Can you help??
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Hi,
ACT has a maximum immersion time of 60 days, which means that the boat should ideally be launched within 60 days of the final coat of ACT being applied to ensure that you achieve complete antifouling protection. If the boat were painted and left out of the water for more then 60 days, then it would be best and recommended to lightly power wash the ACT and give it a quick scuffing with 220 grit paper prior to launching to open up the paint film prior to launching.
 
ACT w/ Slime Fighter (aka Fiberglass Bottomkote ACT w/ Irgarol) is considered to be a multi season paint, therefore the length of service will generally be based off of how much paint has been applied and how frequently the boat will be used as ACT is an ablative paint which will wear away and release biocide with use of the boat itself (the more you use the boat & the faster you use the boat the quicker it will aware away).
- If the boat were left in the water on a year round basis then the paint will last and be effective as long as the paint itself is still on the boat and the boat is being used (typically 12+ months in Florida waters).
- If the boat were placed into the water and used for a period of time and then hauled out for the summer months, then it would be best and recommended for you to plan on repainting prior to relaunching the boat once again. ACT will soften up a bit while out of the water for those months, which means that the paint will end up wearing away quite a bit quicker once it were to go back in the water. Therefore in order to ensure yourself that you will maintain the antifouling protection which you desire an annual repainting of 1-2 coats (depending on how much of the existing paint had worn away) should be anticipated.
 
Unfortunately there are no specific charts/sections of the website which will explain all of the above mentioned as there are far too many variables which become factors, a few are below:
- Location of the boat
- Fouling Challenges
- Temperature (Air/Water)
- # of coats
- Amount of time in the water
 
Hope this helps!
 
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Thanks Jay, When I pull the boat out of the water should I do anything to it? Hose it down, power wash it, wash it with soap and water, OR just haul it out and leave it alone?
You said it might soften up somewhat while out of the water,but it doesn't look like I can do anything about that.
 
I may rinse the transom area with a product called "Salt-Away", will this hurt the paint if it runs down onto it?
 
This should probably do it for my questions.    Thanks again
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When you haul your boat the only recommendations is to power wash the bottom.  I am sorry but I am not familiar with salt away.  The concern I have is how the product “film” will affect the bottom paint.

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