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    Posted: 09 Jul 2014 at 10:48pm
After applying Interprotect 2000e to my sailboat bottom all the way up to the top of the area where the boot stripe starts, which is basically the waterline, I am applying three coats of VC performance.  Can I paint he boot stripe, with Perfection, on the VC Performance or should I not coat that portion with VC Performance and tape off to leave the Interprotect 2000e and paint the perfection on the 2000e? If I can paint over the VC performance, when can that be done and/or what would the surface prep that would need to be done for the Perfection paint?
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Tape off the Interprotect (IPMM) in preparation for application for possible application of Epoxy Prime Coat (EPC). 
 
Topcoat applications to VC Performance Epoxy (VCPE), while technically feasible, usually end up in excessive application ot topcoat, and eventally a peeling finish.  VCPE is formulated with that fun fluro-micro additive that gives it lubricity, and the coating itself cures very hard for the durability factor.  These two characteristics will require that you heavily sand the surface (80 grit) before application. The fluro-micro additive has the added issue of keeping things from sticking to it. So you're left with a surface that may have questionable adhesion (fluro-micro additive) coupled with a heavy sand scratch (additional coat(s) needed to fill the scratch $$$).
 
Application of topcoat to IPMM is also feasible, but results in a finish that will not be sleek or smooth.  It too has an additive (the micro-plates) that will prevent it from being sanded smooth, again resulting in application of additional coats in order to fill the rough texture of the coating itself, to get an acceptable finish ($$$).  Application of a coat or two of EPC after sanding to 120 grit will smooth the IPMM surface.
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