Antifouling paints are designed to optimise your vessels seasonal performance by restricting growth on your hulls underwater area. A typical antifoul job will last from 12 months for the budget antifouls right up to 3 to 5 years for some of the top end antifouls in the right conditions.

What is the best antifoul on the market. We are often asked this exact question. It is not really about “the best antifoul” It is about getting a season or two in the water & not coming out covered in barnacle and weed. Yes, it is better to buy a strong antifoul so you come out clean, but it is just as important to ensure when you do come out, the barnacles have not covered your boat and done damage to the gelcoat or running gear. A proactive boat owner should haul out at regular intervals, this allows you to check for any osmosis issues, clean up your running gear, check anodes, raw water intakes. Any issues left too long can become very costly! 

Take two identical vessels on the same jetty. Same antifoul, same everything. The vessel on the bank out of the current might get two years before requiring a haul out. The other vessel out on the T at the head of the jetty in the current, might only get 12 months. Weed can grow on the sunny side and not on the shady side as well. So many variables can effect performance. Even correct film builds during application can make a huge difference to performance.

We stock every major brand available in Australia and should you not want to antifoul the boat yourself, we can recommend a reputable applicator to you. Call us for more information on 07 5500 0002 today!



AkzoNobel have been making paint for over 370 years and it is no coincidence that their International brand is a global reference in the antifouling market. Owners, captains and pros around the world love International paints for their easy application, outstanding performance and readily available technical support wherever you are. International Paints offer a complete range of self-polishing, polishing, ablative and hard antifoulings, as well as the only specialised product for optimal racing performance on the Australian market – VC Offshore.

 Years of research and development have gone into each can of International paint, ensuring the most advanced technology for every vessel from the smallest pleasure boat to the largest superyacht – contact MTS or your local International technical representative to find the best system for your vessel:

Micron 99 (professional use only; vessels 20+m) – optimised for superyachts and extended offshore cruising vessels; outstanding protection in challenging fouling conditions.

 Micron AP – maximum strength antifouling with Biolux® technology and boosted biocide levels; suitable for the widest variety of vessels for difficult fouling conditions in all environments.

Micron Extra 2 – high strength antifouling formulated with Biolux® technology to provide improved resistance to slime, optimising performance and longevity.

Micron One (Awlcraft – now retired) Micron One is a seasonal ablative antifouling with proven performance; economical and dependable, designed to erode away with use which reduces paint build-up and sanding.

Trilux 33 – especially formulated for aluminium vessels of all sizes; available in bright colours.

Ultra 2 – high strength, hard antifouling; ideal for fast power boats and competitive sailing with hard, scrubbable finish

VC Offshore – thin film coating for racing, sailing and performance powerboats; reduces friction and drag.

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 Sea Hawk Paints

Manufactured in Clearwater Florida, & now owned by AkzoNobel, Seahawk antifouling is a premium product that will give you extended time in the water. Backed with premium epoxy primers, Seahawk antifoul comes in a few different flavours. We carry the products in store, so you can generally walk in & grab what you need pending demand at the time. It comes in convenient gallon cans. (3.78l) BioCop TF is the most common with a dual biocide. Talk with us if you plan on cruising into tropical waters & you are looking for extended performance.
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Jotun have the Seavictor & Seaforce Self Polishing antifouling range.

Seavictor 50 is Jotun’s premium offering. It loves to run in warm tropical waters. If you are off world cruising, Seavictor 50 is a great choice. It is full of cuperous oxide and biocides to reduce weed growth. It can give you up to 3 years protection depending on usage.

Seaforce Active is Jotun’s budget antifoul. It is near the same as Seavictor 50 but has less biocides. Seaforce Active has been very popular around the world in the past and we are starting to have had great success with it locally here in Australia. If you plan to haul out every 15 months, Seaforce Active is a great choice.

The other offering from Jotun is their Seaguardian Ablative Antifoul.

Seaguardian, a little softer than the Seavictor is a rock solid antifoul. Packed with Cuperous Oxide and Biocides, you never hear a complaint about it. It will give you up to two years in the water and for a coastal vessel, the best choice.

 Jotun have moved manufacturing out of Australia, however they are using the same proven formulas

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Hempel is the worlds third largest marine paint company. Fantastic products with their inorganic fibre technology. They have taken copper and biocide release rates to scientific perfection.

Globic is Hampel’s top of the range antifoul. Great choice for world cruising inn warm waters. It can offer you up to three years in the right conditions.

Olympic Plus antifoul is the core of the range for coastal vessels & you can expect fantastic performance with advanced resin technologies in the formulas.

AluXtra is the Aluminum safe version and again it can last 6 to 12 months in high flow clean water areas where growth is prolific. Depending on the location of your vessel, varied results will always prevail with any antifoul.
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Altex have a few antifouls in their range. No5 is the premium antifoul. It can give you up to 3 years in the right conditions. A very soft antifoul and even when hauled and sanded, if you rub your hand on it, it will come off on your hand.

We sell a lot of No5 and it has some fantastic colours. Seaport Blue, Navy Blue, Sea Green, Black and Oyster white! If you like to dress up your boat, Altex No5 is your go too! (remember to batch multiple cans prior to application)

Seabarrier 3000 and Seabarrier 1000 are the commercial versions. Seabarrier 1000 is the 12 month version. Might seem silly to have a 12 month antifoul but if you think about it, commercial vessels are required to haul every 12 months so a waterblast and recoat of a cheaper antifoul actually saves money.

Pettit Vivid is the latest offering. Aluminium safe yet marketed for both fibreglass and aluminium hulls as it contains alot of the good stuff in it. Harder so very suited to fast boats and running gear.
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PPG have two copper based antifouling products marketed at coastal vessels. They do also have silicone based antifouls for commercial vessels that can be specified by the rep.

ABC 3 is their top tier product absolutely packed with copper, zinc and biocides. It is a very good product and is up there with the best of them. Over 30 years in the market proves you will easily get up to 2 years performance Self Polishing, you should get 3 years in the water with ABC 3. Supplied in 10L & 4L pails. Comes in Black, Blue or red.

Sigma Ecofleet 290 is also a fantastic choice. Although less expensive, it is cheaper than ABC 3, still self polishing and comes in 15L or 5 pails. We have sold over the years pallets and pallets of Sigma Ecofleet 290 and people come back asking for it with great results. If your vessel is around the 35ft mark, a 15L pail is very economical. Comes in Black, Blue or the traditional red/brown colour.

Our local rep Michael, is very knowledge and can assist with specifying a system suited to your application should the need arise. We can also ultilise the PPG distribution network & ship min 15L anywhere in Australia for $27.50 freight.

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Seapro CU120 is now discontinued. Now owned by Hempel, you will see the benefits by switching over to Hempel Olympic or Globic. Call for details.

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How much antifouling will I need:

International Paints have created this fantastic diagram that explains how to roughly calculate the quantity required:

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