Here are 5 Reasons to coat your aluminum hull with Wetlander:
1.) Wetlander will increase the overall performance of your aluminum boat.
If you are sending your aluminum boat out into the world without a protective hull coating, you already know that bare aluminum has a high coefficient of friction and is very “grippy”, meaning it grabs whatever it is rubbing against. Whether it is floating vegetation in calm lake water, a submerged rock in fast moving river waters, or a sticky pudding mud, this grippiness is slowing you down. The best way to optimize the slip-factor of your aluminum boat is to coat it with Wetlander – a super slick, durable, and hydrophobic epoxy hull coating designed to move through both water and dry conditions efficiently. No more getting hung up on floating vegetation, mud or skinny water.
Be careful at the launch! A Wetlander hull is crazy slick – you have been warned!
Dry land performance will improve, too. Wetlander coated jon boats, airboats and drift boats slide easily over dry land obstacles like stumps, mud and grass. This allows you access to areas other boats can’t get to, giving you a competitive edge on the quiet fishing holes and untapped hunting grounds. A Wetlander coated boat is easy to load and unload on your trailer; Imagine one-armed winching and clean launches. In fact, many freshly coated Wetlander boats have ended up in the parking lot of the launch instead of the in the water… Don’t even think about unlatching your trailer strap until the boat is in the water; it will slide right off the trailer! Take a look at the testimony.
2.) Wetlander is easy to apply.
Wetlander is a water-based, two-part epoxy system. Two-part epoxy means it has great adhesion and is super durable. Water-based means it is safe and easy to work with. Wetlander is not a hazardous material; it can be shipped anywhere without Haz Mat charges. You can apply it with a standard roller or spray. Hull prep is simple – Sand your aluminum hull, then wipe it down with acetone. Apply the Wetlander via spray or roller. Walk away and enjoy a beer- you are done. No need to acid etch, no need to pull your motor, no need to flip the boat, no need to hang it from the rafters (unless you want to). If you have ever painted a wall, you can paint your boat hull.
3.) Your current hull coating was a pain to apply, and now it is not looking so good…
Bad. Very, very bad.
If you have a coating on your aluminum hull now, it may be cracking, crazing, and maybe even falling off in chunks. We have all heard the horror stories of trying to spread thick, fast setting sticky goop all over an overturned boat. It’s messy, hard to handle and can “go off” on you if you’re not careful. Once it on the boat it, it works great for a while but then after some time on the water it begins to “spiderweb”, then crack, then fall away in big chunks… All the while slowing your boat down and allowing water to get to the aluminum, at which point it is doing more harm than good. The thick, goopy, high-build stuff is just too brittle! Ironically, taking it off to re-coat means hours of grinding and sanding.
Above is a picture of a bad coating and a bad situation for the boat owner… A hull coating should last you many seasons without cracking or falling off in chunks! The key to preventing cracking and chipping is flexibility. A good hull coating needs to be both durable and flexible. We already know that Wetlander is durable due to it’s epoxy chemistry. The silicone functionality of Wetlander gives it it’s slippery surface, as well as flexibility, in even the most extreme conditions. One of the most amazing aspects of Wetlander is it’s ability to flex and bend without losing it’s efficacy. Wetlander simply will not crack or flake.
4.) Wetlander is easy to touch-up.
Due to its water-based chemistry, Wetlander is very easy to touch up. If you take some damage from collisions, “hot spots” or trailer accidents, you can easily apply more Wetlander to the damaged area. There is no need to strip all the old Wetlander off; just apply more to the areas where you need it. We sell quart sized containers for just this reason (a quart will cover 50 square feet!)¹.
5.) Wetlander is industrial grade technology.
At Wearlon®, we manufacture industrial epoxies of the highest quality, supplying performance-based coatings to a wide variety of industries. Our specialty is tough, slick and protective coatings that can withstand brutal conditions and demanding environments, but still be slick and non-stick. In fact, Wetlander was born in the construction industry! Guys working on the pile-driving crews were applying one of our Wearlon industrial epoxy products onto the steel piles that get driven into the ground to make bridges and overpasses.
The Wearlon epoxy was tough enough to survive being pounded 20 feet into the ground, slick enough to help facilitate the process, and the corrosion protection was superior to coal-tar epoxies (the industry standard at the time). The guys thought, ”PERFECT airboat slick bottom!”, and gave us a call. We tweaked the formula a bit, performed some long-term seasonal testing with some lucky boaters, and the rest is history.
Born from heavy industry = tough, industrial grade performance.
Our slick, protective coatings go onto steel piles before they are pounded into the ground…
As far as the price of Wetlander:
99% of jon boats are under 100 square feet. A half-gallon container of Wetlander covers 100 sq. ft. and costs $108¹ and should last multiple seasons, depending on how rough your are with your boat. At roughly one dollar per square foot of hull, we are making folks happy. Shop around and see if you can get a hull coating that offers the same features (ease of application, water based formula, super slippery technology, will not crack, etc.) for a better price.
So there you are. Any aluminum hull, whether jon boat, mud boat, airboat, or drift boat, can be coated with Wetlander to improve overall performance, protect your hull, and get you more quality time on the water.
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¹Wetlander covers 100 square feet at 4 mils D.F.T. “D.F.T” is short for Dry Film Thickness, or, how thick the coating is after it is dry and fully cured. If you are comparing coatings from different manufacturers, make sure to ask for the square footage per mil of DFT. This is common language in the coatings industry and should be easy to answer by any sales rep. Go forth and research!
p.s. – At it’s core, Wetlander is a friction-reducing coating that performs beautifully both in and out of water. If you are ONLY interested in reducing drag in water, and you aren’t worried about dry and abrasive conditions, the check out SpeedCoat-49.