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Old 01-21-2017, 06:15 PM   #1
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Cayenne pepper in bottom paint?

My dock neighbor told me today that some of the old timers here on the Chesapeake Bay add cayenne pepper to their bottom paint. My neighbor said he tried it and was favorably impressed. Anyone else ever hear of this practice?
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I tried it on a skiff I built in 1990,didn't work. Maybe I had recipe wrong but no noticeable defense against barnacles or growth
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A. little cayenne and lemon juice on my oysters always tastes nice .
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My dock neighbor told me today that some of the old timers here on the Chesapeake Bay add cayenne pepper to their bottom paint. My neighbor said he tried it and was favorably impressed. Anyone else ever hear of this practice?
Those kinds of things are hard to qualify if you aren't taking a more scientific approach such as painting half of a bottom with and half without. Chesapeake Bay is a bad area to gauge when comparing different years. Being brackish water, marine growth varies significantly with salinity (subject to seasonal rainfall) and water temperatures.

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Folks have been adding that and all sorts of other biocides for years. But objective data to support claims of 'improvement' does not exist. Interlux ran a test program on pepper in partnership with McCormick (spice suppliers) and concluded the benefits were minimal.

Best solution is to use the boat every day. If that's not possible then wiping down as often as you can - once a week would be great, once a month from a diver might be a good investment. Avoid aggressive scrubbing, which removes your coating way too fast.
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The Navy experimented with it in the 80's, obviously it didn't work to well....
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Ok, here is the answer.. do not buy the pepper, do not mix, then buy some damn good bottom paint, paint your bottom, tell your friends you used a mix of weatherbeater, jalapeņo, Cheyenne, habanero dried and ground and mixed it up and painted your bottom after you faced Mecca and chanted....Or Not... either way, paint your bottom with the best paint for your area of operation with the best prep and you will be the winner.
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Add some melted cheese withe cayenne pepper and you can transform your boat into a big nacho, believe me a friend of a friend of friend told me his neighbour friend did it
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My dock neighbor told me today that some of the old timers here on the Chesapeake Bay add cayenne pepper to their bottom paint. My neighbor said he tried it and was favorably impressed. Anyone else ever hear of this practice?


Is this him ?
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I use morten sea salt. it makes the Barnacles taste much better
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Hey Gaston,
That's my lost uncle Furdy, we been looking for him.
Please return him to your local lost and found , for return to the "house".

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My dock neighbor told me today that some of the old timers here on the Chesapeake Bay add cayenne pepper to their bottom paint. My neighbor said he tried it and was favorably impressed. Anyone else ever hear of this practice?
If it worked, you'd be able to buy it. But you can't. Because it doesn't.
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Many years ago I read in National Fisherman magazine that New England lobster fishermen were painting their buoys with wrought iron furniture paint because nothing would grow on it. The ingredients of the paint has some similarities to the band tributal tin bottom paint that worked so well.
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Maybe carlic and cros is beter this problems, put them on a boat on the wall, keep bad problems away from the bottom.


forgive me, a serious subject, if not ever anyone try new things, nothing can also develop. perhaps the best antifouling paint to rely on companies that hope to try to make progress.


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forgive me, a serious subject, if not ever anyone try new things, nothing can also develop.
We have the commercial paint companies competing with each other and trying new things. They have the resources that we as individuals do not. If cayenne pepper was effective in bottom paint, you can be certain the commercial paint would contain it.

Putting cayenne pepper in your bottom paint will be in my upcoming book "101 Stupid Boating Tricks".
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Bottom paint and the annual, biennial or triennial ritual of hosing the last stuff off and putting new stuff on, "better" than the last crap you put on is a game. Manufacturers put less stuff in it, advertise the crap out of it, charge way more than last year for it, then you get to go through the entire process again in your annual, biennial or triennial ritual...

In Canada, the paint has lost all its effectiveness by government decree but its more expensive here than it ever was.

It's a have, a scam and a ripoff and all justifiable because we are rich boaters. Some day, somebody will invert a process that eliminates all paints once and for all and these outfits will go the way of the buggy whip.

Sorry, I'm grumpy coz I've got a filthy cold.
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Sorry, I'm grumpy coz I've got a filthy cold.
I tend to agree that paint manufacturers are selling... Paint. It is a business model, if you sell paint that last 20 years you won't sell much...

But you are grumpy just because... You are grumpy, no excuse! Lol
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If putting cayenne pepper in your bottom paint makes you feel better go right ahead and do so. I like my tequila with a worm in the bottle, nobody gives me any grief for it. I also drink my scotch neat so what do I really know?
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