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We’ve also used prop speed for the past 5 years in the Med and have always had good results.
I do also believe the level of success is highly dependent on the application. I had done a fair amount of research and had discussed process with the applicators. I would only allow applicators that were very familiar with the method of application, to
do the work.
On Nov 2, 2019, at 9:41 AM, CW Bill Rouse via Groups.Io <brouse@...
I used PropSpeed with mixed results.
But, while in Turkey I met an American catamaran cruising couple, who loved it. He and his wife had used PropSpeed 6 or 7 times with success.
- He said that PropSpeed was only as good as the installation.
- He would not allow anyone else to install it...only he and his wife installed it as a team.
- He said that preparation and following the instructions were very important.
- He also said that the top coating HAD to be applied so fast after the base coat that it required two people.
- He insisted that IT WAS NOT FAST ENOUGH even if you applied the base coat, then immediately applied the top coat. He said a normal prop required two people working as a team: One appling the final base coat with the other immediately behind the first applying
the top coat.
On Fri, Nov 1, 2019 at 10:26 PM Mark Erdos <mcerdos@...
I second the Pettit spray below. This is bar far the best solution I have found for the prop.
Unfortunately, I also fell victim to the claims of Propspeed and completely wasted a couple of hundred dollars in Grenada. It barely lasted 3 months.
With best regards,
Sailing Vessel - Cream Puff - SM2K - #275
Currently cruising - Vista Mar,
I tried PropSpeed 3 separate times. (They certainly are proud of that stuff!)
I had the same results as you. Very unsatisfactory. I tried everything, and finally found a decent solution.
I use the spray. About $35 US for a can.
I use the whole can on my underwater metal, usually 3 or 4 coats on the prop. I burnish the fully dried paint with a heavy duty scotch brite pad, to expose the zinc (not on the edges, but the flats of the blades).
In an entire season, not a single barnacle or growth of any kind on the prop. And the paint stayed adhered to my stainless prop. I don’t burnish the other underwater metals, and do have some growth on them, so the burnishing is important.
I spray the prop once a year.
Looking for advice- I'm doing a bottom job in 6 weeks. Last year I used Propspeed on my Autoprop and 6 months later there was no evidence of it.....the barnacles however were flourishing. While I enjoy diving I like it better without a
scraper in my hand. Given the cost of Propspeed, 6 months is unacceptable. Would love to know if there's something better out there.
Tom and Kirstin
SM 2K 422
Bocas del Toro Panama