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Old 12-03-2013, 05:45 AM   #1
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Feeling a bit nervous...

Ok, the time has come - can't put it off any longer - tomorrow Lotus comes out of the water for antifoul, insurance survey, and a couple of other jobs: e.g. replacement of raw water seacock, impeller, and repack of the stuffing box with that teflon impregnated packing. It is just over 3 years since she went in, and for sure the zincs will be need replacing as well, and I will be very interested to see how the Prop-speed has lasted, as it is the first time I have had that put on. I will take pics before the pressure clean, no matter how horrible, and after shots as well, of course, when ready to go back in, so you will all be able to judge for yourselves.
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Old 12-03-2013, 05:50 AM   #2
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Peter,
Will be interesting to see how it all is.
3 years is a long time for prop speed, 2 is the very best that I have ever had.
Get the photos up, hope all goes well.
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Pete,

I know how you feel, Siesta is being hauled out next week for some work to be done.

I will post a separate thread with photo's in due course.

Good luck with yours.
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Old 12-03-2013, 12:53 PM   #4
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3 years is a long time for all of that stuff!!!! Good luck!!!!
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Old 12-03-2013, 01:30 PM   #5
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Zincs - 3 yrs - WOW! You been keeping an eye on em? Must be some real "cool" electric areas in which you keep her. Looking forward to see your picts. Best Luck!
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Pete, 3 years will be a very good effort if all comes up well. I had 2 years out of antifoul (Jotun Seaguardian) and figured that was good. Looking forward to the pics.
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Ok, the time has come - can't put it off any longer - tomorrow Lotus comes out of the water for antifoul, insurance survey, and a couple of other jobs: e.g. replacement of raw water seacock, impeller, and repack of the stuffing box with that teflon impregnated packing. It is just over 3 years since she went in, and for sure the zincs will be need replacing as well, and I will be very interested to see how the Prop-speed has lasted, as it is the first time I have had that put on. I will take pics before the pressure clean, no matter how horrible, and after shots as well, of course, when ready to go back in, so you will all be able to judge for yourselves.
Looking forward to pics of the props and shafts. Am considering applying Prop Speed!
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Looking forward to pics of the props and shafts. Am considering applying Prop Speed!
My boat has it and I elected not to put more on since I have a diver clean the bottom monthly. I'm hoping I made the right choice.
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The one time I hauled after 3 years was at Craig Alaska and had little fowling due to my northern lats and the great performance of the Interlux Micron Extra coating. I'll NEVER use it again because it was hard and had quite a build. Was a terrible job to get the stuff off.

I adjusted the pics to best show the bottom. The prop had only ArmorAll to help prevent fowling.

I'm going to haul more often in the future and use a coating I'll not have to scrape off.
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The one time I hauled after 3 years was at Craig Alaska and had little fowling due to my northern lats and the great performance of the Interlux Micron Extra coating. I'll NEVER use it again because it was hard and had quite a build. Was a terrible job to get the stuff off.

I adjusted the pics to best show the bottom. The prop had only ArmorAll to help prevent fowling.

I'm going to haul more often in the future and use a coating I'll not have to scrape off.

Hi Eric

Some place before I've read/heard of this technique for keeping prop blades clean but I never followed up on it. I'm real interested now... 3 yrs in salt water with just ArmorAll kept your prop that clean?? Did you have diver do prop cleaning during that time... clean it at all after haul out? How did you apply the ArmorAll, just one thorough coat or several coats after each dried? Looks to be a good-go per pict of your prop!
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Siesta was last out of the water 14 months ago (at the time of purchase) and I had prop speed applied. I will report the results in the 'Siesta 2013 haul out thread" (yet to the be established) next week for those that are interested.
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The ArmorAll thing does not sound right. But Eric`s prop says otherwise. If it washes off tyres surely it washes off a prop. But, maybe not. Anyone else used it?
Someone recently asked about copper plating props. I don`t think the thread went far, but there was logic in the question.
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My boat has it and I elected not to put more on since I have a diver clean the bottom monthly. I'm hoping I made the right choice.
Well BB, you did, bacause the one thing one must not do with Prop-speed is rub it - it comes off. Thats how it works, and I can relate already that things went well, and I was impressed with how little was on the prop, and how well she cleaned up with the pressure wash. I felt like telling them to just plop her back in - almost… But seriously, the zincs still had half their meat left, as well - take note Art…
So…all in all…pretty pleased, and that was with (International/Interlux) Micron Extra two coats, and the Prop-speed on prop only. Maybe it should go on the rudder too. What do you think Benn..?
I'd say she scrubbed up quite well for 3 + yrs in warm Queensland waters. Normally when she comes out the prop looks ilke that first pic of the rudder, totally encrusted…
!st 2 shots before clean - 2nd 2 after pressure hose clean…
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Peter,
That looks pretty good.
No don.t Prop Speed the rudder , just dive on it now and again and give it a clean.
It requires that nice smooth surface like a bronze prop to be really effective.
Looks like you have done really well.
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Well BB, you did, bacause the one thing one must not do with Prop-speed is rub it - it comes off. Thats how it works, and I can relate already that things went well, and I was impressed with how little was on the prop, and how well she cleaned up with the pressure wash. I felt like telling them to just plop her back in - almost… But seriously, the zincs still had half their meat left, as well - take note Art…
So…all in all…pretty pleased, and that was with (International/Interlux) Micron Extra two coats, and the Prop-speed on prop only. Maybe it should go on the rudder too. What do you think Benn..?
I'd say she scrubbed up quite well for 3 + yrs in warm Queensland waters. Normally when she comes out the prop looks ilke that first pic of the rudder, totally encrusted…
!st 2 shots before clean - 2nd 2 after pressure hose clean…
Looks like Prop Speed did the trick! Don't remember if you said you applied it yourself?? I have read up on installation which is pretty specific- and given the cost, would probably apply myself.
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Propspeed works, this is 13 months in Florida water never touched by anyone, just spun at least every 2 weeks. This picture was taken after pressure washing but I told them not to touch the prop as I did not want any ill effects to the coating.

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Peter your bum looks better than I anticipated for 3 years in warm water. Made a believer out of me, when Bliss gets her bottom done the prop will be treated similarly.
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Peter, Clearly what you are doing works well. The Propspeed is impressive, I`ll try it next time.
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Hi Eric

Some place before I've read/heard of this technique for keeping prop blades clean but I never followed up on it. I'm real interested now... 3 yrs in salt water with just ArmorAll kept your prop that clean?? Did you have diver do prop cleaning during that time... clean it at all after haul out? How did you apply the ArmorAll, just one thorough coat or several coats after each dried? Looks to be a good-go per pict of your prop!
You read about it????

I have an old (73) Buick that I bought about 14 years ago and the guy covered the whole car w ArmorAll. Actually I'm only 95% sure it's ArmorAll. But 10 years later the water beads up on the car everywhere. At hwy speeds the water beads up in very small drops and runs across the windshield. At rest drops on the hood can be 1/2" in dia. The effect is still strong.
Anyway I noticed it and thought if it can stay on the car at hwy speeds for all those years it may stay on the prop.
Been putting it on ever since and my prop stays clean. You must realize that in the cold Alaskan waters fowling takes place much slower than places like Florida. I don't remember much fowling before I started using the ArmorAll either so the effects may to quite likely be minimal.
To apply I wipe it on w a rag w several coats as heavy as I can. And I wash the prop w Acetone or MEK before application.
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You read about it????

I have an old (73) Buick that I bought about 14 years ago and the guy covered the whole car w ArmorAll. Actually I'm only 95% sure it's ArmorAll. But 10 years later the water beads up on the car everywhere. At hwy speeds the water beads up in very small drops and runs across the windshield. At rest drops on the hood can be 1/2" in dia. The effect is still strong.
Anyway I noticed it and thought if it can stay on the car at hwy speeds for all those years it may stay on the prop.
Been putting it on ever since and my prop stays clean. You must realize that in the cold Alaskan waters fowling takes place much slower than places like Florida. I don't remember much fowling before I started using the ArmorAll either so the effects may to quite likely be minimal.
To apply I wipe it on w a rag w several coats as heavy as I can. And I wash the prop w Acetone or MEK before application.
TY Eric - Now I recall you posting that about your Buick some time ago. I'm going to purchase some ArmorAll liquid and begin testing on various items' different surafces. Your reports are notable of ongoing results.
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