- For properly prepared aluminum, iron, and steel boats, aluminum pontoons, and underwater metals. Can be applied to most previously painted surfaces in good condition, including those containing copper-based paint.
- High-solids, eco-friendly formula provides outstanding, single-season protection against mussels, barnacles, and slime in saltwater, fresh water, and brackish water.
- Copper-free bottom paint won’t cause galvanic corrosion.
- High-performance, copolymer ablative formula self-polishes by design to stay smooth, prevent paint buildup, and eliminate sanding.
- Haul and relaunch without decreasing the effectiveness of the AlumiPaint AF coating.
- Colors: Black and Blue
- Sizes: Quart and Gallon
- Each gallon order includes a free roller & metal tray kit, paint suit, and two 14″ wooden stir sticks
- Each quart order includes two 10″ wooden stir sticks
Copper-free antifouling paint that’s a must for aluminum bottoms and better for the environment
Conventional copper-based bottom paints will eat through an aluminum hull. Because there’s no copper in AlumiPaint AF, it won’t cause galvanic corrosion, so it’s great for painting pontoons, aluminum hulls, and underwater metals like running gear and outdrives. Also, copper is heavy. But an AlumiPaint AF coating weighs less and doesn’t make your engine work as hard, which lowers your fuel bill. No copper and low VOCs also mean it won’t cause harm to delicate marine ecosystems.
If your boat sits idle for a time, AlumiPaint AF doesn’t need scuffing to reactivate its antifouling protection before launching. When you’re ready to go, just hop in, let the good times roll, and don’t worry about any bottom-hugging, slimy, crusty things.
- Priming Note: For optimum performance and corrosion prevention, it’s imperative to prep and prime bare aluminum, iron, and steel before applying AlumiPaint AF. For aluminum, we recommend TotalBoat Aluminum Boat Barrier Coat. For iron and steel, we recommend TotalBoat TotalProtect Barrier Coat Primer.
- Tralopyril: 6.00%
- Zinc pyrithione: 4.80%
- Application: Brush, roll, or spray. For rolling, a 3/16″ nap or foam solvent-safe roller is recommended; for brushing, use a high-quality natural bristle brush.
- Thinning: Product should not require thinning, but you can thin up to 10% (12 oz. per gallon). For brush/roller applications: TotalBoat Special Brushing Thinner 100; For spray applications: Xylene (Xylol)
- Primer: TotalBoat Aluminum Boat Barrier Coat (aluminum); TotalBoat TotalProtect Barrier Coat Primer (steel and iron)
- Cleanup: TotalBoat Special Brushing Thinner 100 or TotalBoat Dewaxer & Surface Prep
- Coverage: 500 sq. ft. per gallon (125 sq. ft. per quart)
- Number of coats: 1-2 per season, for best results
- Dry time to overcoat: 1-4 hours, depending on temperature
- Dry time to launch: 2-8 hours, depending on temperature
Frequently Asked Questions
What applications is AlumiPaint AF Copper-Free Bottom Paint most appropriate for?
AlumiPaint AF is an antifouling paint specifically intended for use on aluminum, iron, and steel boats, aluminum pontoons, and underwater metals for protection against mussels, barnacles, and slime in saltwater, freshwater, and brackish water. It can be applied over most previously painted surfaces in good condition, including copper-based paint.
What is the difference between Alumipaint AF and TotalBoat Krypton?
Alumipaint AF is formulated for maximum adhesion to aluminum and galvanized metals, while Krypton is a copper-free antifouling paint formulated for compatibility with a wide range of substrates like wood and fiberglass.
Can AlumiPaint AF Copper-Free Bottom Paint be applied above the waterline?
No. This is an ablative bottom paint is designed to prevent growth. It does not contain any UV protection, and should only be used for its intended purpose.
Do I need to prime before applying Aluminum Antifouling Paint?
If painting over bare metal, yes. For optimum performance and corrosion prevention, it’s important to prep and prime bare aluminum, iron, and steel before applying AlumiPaint AF. For aluminum, we recommend TotalBoat Aluminum Boat Barrier Coat. For iron and steel, we recommend TotalBoat TotalProtect Barrier Coat Primer. This paint is compatible with most marine primers, but always be sure to sand with 80 grit and remove sanding residue prior to painting.
What is the best way to apply AlumiPaint AF Antifouling Paint?
Shake or stir well to ensure all solids are mixed properly. Paint can be applied by brush, roller, or spray. Important: A 3/16″ nap or foam solvent-safe roller cover is recommended for best results. Before launching, allow drying for the specified time based upon temperature. There is no maximum amount of time that the boat can be launched after painting. Refer to detailed instructions for more info.
Can you thin antifouling paint?
AlumiPaint AF should not require thinning most of the time, but you can thin up to 10% (12 oz. per gallon). For brush or roller applications, use TotalBoat Special Brushing Thinner 100. For spray applications use Xylene (Xylol).
What is the coverage of this paint?
The typical coverage is 500 sq. ft. per gallon (125 sq. ft. per quart). Remember to use a 3/16” roller.
How many coats should I apply?
We recommend applying 1-2 coats per season for the best results. An extra 1-2 coats are recommended over bare substrates, at the waterline, and other areas with increased wear, such as leading edges of rudders, skegs, or struts.
How long does AlumiPaint AF take to dry?
Dry time to overcoat is 1 hour at 90ºF, 2 hours at 70ºF, or 4 hours at 50ºF. The dry time to launch is 2 hours at 90ºF, 4 hours at 70ºF, or 8 hours at 50ºF.
How do I maximize the antifouling performance of this paint?
Check the bottom of the boat regularly to make sure it is clean and that no growth is accumulating. The self-cleaning nature of ablative paints is most effective when the boat is used periodically. Boats painted with AlumiPaint AF should not be scrubbed or cleaned for the first six months in the water, and at intervals of not less than three months thereafter.