I bought a 40' Schooner last spring and after I spend considerable amount of time cleaning the bottom, I was advised by the Marina experts that I would be much better off painting the copper plated bottom for the next season.
I did not like the extra expense, but seeing how much growth there had been on the copper I decided to give it a try. The marina technicians painted the copper with Petit metal primer and then with Interlux Micron Extra. (Since I was at it I thought I better do the best I can) I hoped to have a nice and clean bottom for at least 3 seasons.
Well, I had to haul it out last fall after barely 3 months in Long Island Sound and after a wash to remove the slime it was clean indeed, but half of the primer went away also and continues to peel off in large chunks.
The new season is coming and I wander what should I do... scrape the copper clean again and do the same thing all over just to come back to this same point a year from now...
Has anybody had any experience with copper plated hulls and eventually painting them? I would gladly appreciate some advice.