Zyrex bottom coatings

Discussion in 'General Discussion' started by tleeah, Jan 14, 2011.

  1. Air O'Nautical

    Air O'Nautical Active Member

    Feb 5, 2008
    Stamford CT "Ponus Yacht Club"
    1995 400EC. Raymarine E80,4kw dome, Garmin 235 gps,
    2013 7.4L Mercruiser Blue water.
    Hurth straight shaft 630's,
    Westerbeke 7.0 BCG
    Ok,

    That looks like you applied barnacle seeds to the bottom of your boat....
    Cha, cha.....Chia! The Chia Pet Searay.

    Those pics explain your dissatisfaction with the paint.
     
  2. Old Vet

    Old Vet New Member

    706
    Sep 12, 2010
    St Lawrence River/1000 Islands
    1987 268 Sundancer
    454 Magnum, Alpha One
    Whoa....that's pretty nasty.
     
  3. jobofly

    jobofly Member

    368
    Jul 22, 2008
    Ithaca Ny
    1985 Sea Ray Weekender 230 OMC Stringer
    5.7 260 w/OMC Stringer
    Hi old vet, I'm going to be boating on Lake Ontario this summer out of Rochester. I see you are just north of me. Do you think this will work well for me?
     
  4. sellnit

    sellnit New Member

    72
    Apr 12, 2009
    Ohio
    2003 500DA
    QSM-11
    Cummins QSM-11
    I'll be happy to post some before and after pics next week for you, but still stand by it works on my boat in fresh water. Sorry to hear others have had issues.
     
  5. Old Vet

    Old Vet New Member

    706
    Sep 12, 2010
    St Lawrence River/1000 Islands
    1987 268 Sundancer
    454 Magnum, Alpha One
    "Do you think this will work well for me?"

    well jo.....I'd sure hate to say yes.....you do it...and something goes wrong and you don't like it.

    All I can tell you is I took a shot with it....and then started reading some horror stories. But I think most if not all were from guys in salt water.

    Throughout the season...if my boat sits for a couple weeks for some reason I get a bit of crud accumulate on the bottom. I go to a shallow sandy bay and jump in with a brush and whatever hasn't rubbed off on the run there comes off pretty easily with a brush.

    On lift out day whatever is on there comes off not too badly with the pressure washer as long as I get at it as soon as it's sitting on the blocks. And by then....it's usually been sitting idle in the water for at least 3 to 4 weeks. There's usually a bit of stuff left on because I can't really take all the time I need to be as thorough as I'd like ....we do a quick spray to get the worst off...and pass the pressure sprayer on to the next guy. Come spring I do it again.....usually spray something on it like Simple Green or something to wet it and soften it a bit....then I take more time with the sprayer....between beers......and it's pretty much ready to go back in the water.

    So I don't really have any issues with it in Lake Ontario water.

    I have a little problem in one spot......at the water line on one side. I guess during my prep before applying the Zyrex I may not have done a good enough wipe down with acetone.....so I have a spot where the edge of the Zyrex has peeled off a bit. I have to touch up that spot a bit this spring. So a good prep job is pretty important.

    One thing I like is the fact that I have a hard "epoxy" type barrier coat since gelcoat can over time eventually absorb water. The West Marine products I looked at to barrier coat and paint my boat were going to cost me more than double what I paid for the Zyrex. And Zyrex told me I shouldn't have to even look at or think about redoing anything for at least 10 years or more. While I watch other guys here repainting...or at least touching up every spring.

    I haven't done a thing to mine other than pressure washing since I applied it in spring '11.....and don't expect to be doing anything this spring either except touching up that little spot on the edge I mentioned.

    So.....your mileage may vary if you go with it......don't know....but with season 4 coming on....I haven't had any issues with mine....YET.

    Good luck.


     
  6. Searaybio270

    Searaybio270 Active Member

    Jul 8, 2010
    Bush River on the Cheasapeake Bay
    1996 EC, Garmin 3210, Dinghy - Seadoo Jet boat with twin 85 horse. Fun and Fast.
    7.4 MC 360 HP each
    Westerbeke 7KW
    OV - thanks for the info. I too did, I think, a pretty good prep job. Sandblasting, cleaing the bottom, 5 coats of paint with days in between. But when you are the only one in your marina with Zyrex and you are the only one with more barnacles then the rest of the boats combined. Something is wrong.

    I think the lake water will be ok and even though I am in the uppper Chesapeake Bay which is pretty much brackish I shouldn't have what my pics have shown.
    Good Luck
     
  7. jobofly

    jobofly Member

    368
    Jul 22, 2008
    Ithaca Ny
    1985 Sea Ray Weekender 230 OMC Stringer
    5.7 260 w/OMC Stringer
    thanks old vet, it seems like it does not work in salt water the same as it does in fresh water. im going to hold off on trying it. i do have to repaint the bottom of my boat soon.
     

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