In this article we explain how to protect the hull below the waterline with a hard antifouling from the brand International. Here we use International Interspeed Extra. This popular antifouling system is suitable for use in fresh, brackish and salt water.
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Hard antifouling protects your hull from algae, mussels and small organisms attaching by providing a very smooth surface. Thanks to a hard antifouling system, the sailing characteristics remain optimal and you can prolong the life of your boat. A hard antifouling constantly releases biocides. Hard antifouling is especially suitable for fast sailing boats (from 25 knots) because self-sharpening antifouling washes away too quickly at such speeds.
After the boating season a hard paint layer remains. Therefore you build up a hard paint layer over the years, which has to be removed after a few years before you can apply a new layer. So a hard antifouling can be used for several years and be polished in between.
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In the video below, product expert Arne shows you how to apply International's hard antifouling. We have written down all the steps so you can read it again later.
Degrease the substrate with Double Coat degreaser and apply primer as required.
Mark (imaginatively) the underwater hull in different parts, such as port front, port rear, keel, rudder, etc. Estimate the surface of each part and calculate how much antifouling you need. Count on a yield of approximately 10 m2 per litre of antifouling.
Pour the required amount of antifoulant into a mixing cup and pour the drained mixture into a roller tray. Now apply the antifouling evenly with a brush or velour roller. By estimating the surfaces and measuring, you keep an eye on whether you are applying too much or too little antifouling.
After approximately 6 hours (at 23°C), the antifouling is repaintable. See International Interspeed Extra's technical documentation for the exact repainting time per temperature. Apply a second coat of antifouling to the bow, keel, rudder and just beneath the waterline. After this second layer of antifouling has dried properly, the boat can be launched.
You can optionally sand the antifouling to reduce resistance in the water.
The underwater ship has now been coated with a hard antifouling system and you can enjoy your boat to the full for 2-3 seasons. After this period of time, remove the layers of hard antifouling again with a vacuum scraper and repeat the above steps.
Are you going to refurbish the hull above the waterline? Then check out our information article on boat varnish!
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