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Why Not Coat Boat Bottoms With Teflon?

Discussion in 'The Okie Corral' started by USMCsilver, Apr 2, 2012.

  1. USMCsilver

    USMCsilver Boat Life ©

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    I was thinking the other day, while cleaning my boat and noticing the wear on my bottom-paint -- why not cloat w/ Teflon?

    It's super strong, nothing will stick to it, and if something does adhere to it, then it comes off easily.

    Seems like a simple idea and something that would revolutionize the boating industry.

    Input?
     
  2. Dubble-Tapper

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    seems like a good idea. im surprised that they havent put some special additive like that in marine paint.
     

  3. ChuteTheMall

    ChuteTheMall Wallbuilder and Weapon Bearer

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    You'd kill innocent marine life, such as barnacles.:drowning:
     
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    Airboats (the good ones) have polymer sheathing on the bottom. IIRC, Teflon has to be baked on, a process that might pose a problem with fiberglass hulls. Still, there are 'graffiti proof' paints available (spray paint just beads up on anything painted with it) that might be an answer to your problem. It's pretty expensive, but most boat paint is, I guess.
     
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    Atlas transmogrifier

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    I doubt Teflon would last very long..

    Marine bottom-paints are made to resist barnacles, algae, etc.
     
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    Ross-in-Pa Western Pa

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    Probably the price. Teflon is expensive.
     
  7. treeline

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    There are already Teflon paints on the market, most notably the Interlux VC range.
    http://www.pyacht.com/interlux-vc-bottom-paints.htm?L+scstore+grxb5834ff304d30+1115293445

    There are other considerations, like Teflon's ability to expand and contract as the hull does and its resistance to salt water and the particles in it.

    With any paint, there's a trade-off between extra weight and reduced drag. Better hull design, even textured or patterned hulls, might be a better choice than a drag reducing paint. I don't know enough about hull design to give examples; if you're interested, check the details on hulls for America's Cup competitors.
     
  8. R*E

    R*E

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    Teflon is not very strong, ever notice how you're not supposed to use metal utensils on Teflon coated cookware?
     
  9. Dennis in MA

    Dennis in MA Get off my lawn

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    Why Teflon? Does your local body of water fry many cheese omlets?

    Teflon is not super strong. It's why we all use plastic spatulas instead of those nice metal ones Mom used on her yes-stick pans.
     
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    With even the tiniest scratch, Teflon starts to peel. Wouldn't last too long.

    Many cheaper techniques using poly type films. Even the "heat shrink, stretch " types now applied to cars might work. They will still scratch but maybe cheaper to replace.

    Copper based paints are anti-fouling from sea growth.
     
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    RayB Retired Member

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    See my avatar...

    Judy and I don't use Teflon anything. When heated, it's toxic to birds!

    We don't even use the self-clean feature on the oven, as it's also toxic to birds!

    --Ray
     
  13. certifiedfunds

    certifiedfunds Cosmopolitan Bias

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    Its too slippery! You'd never be able to stop that rig and you'll go sliding into docks and buoys and stuff!

    While underway you will reach ludicrous speed!

    Don't do it!
     
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