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Old 08-22-2019, 10:57 AM   #12
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Default Ablative wears off...

Congratulations on the new boat and welcome to the Forum.
Ablative paint should just wear off as you use the boat, no need to scrub unless the boat has been unused for a long time and has significant accumulation on the bottom. Not many people use ablative paint on freshwater as far as I know, but it seems that if you want to repaint with "regular" bottom paint you, or the marina will have to do special effort so that the new paint will not come off as the underlying ablative paint continues to cure. Your marina should have an approved wash rack to properly drain washing compounds, and it is elevated so it is easier to access the bottom. This isn't something you want to do on a trailer in your back yard, and you probably won't be pleased with DIY results.
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