Wetlander slick bottom coating for hunting and fishing boats

What can Wetlander Slick Bottom do for you?

For decades, Wearlon® coating technology has been sought after for many high performance marine applications.  In particular, champion hydroplane boat racers depend on Wearlon for higher top speeds and reduced fuel consumption.  Experienced boaters are now utilizing this technology for their own purposes, and finding astounding results.  We call this coating Wearlon Wetlander.The number of boaters using Wearlon Wetlander is growing rapidly and we have received exciting feedback.  These boaters insist there is no better hull coating for their airboat, fan boat, swamp or mud boat, in terms of slickness, durability and ease of application (also great for drift boats, kayaks, and gheenoes!).  With Wearlon® technology, Wearlon Wetlander provides significant advances in these three areas especially in contrast to other bottom paints and protective sheets of UHMW polymer.  Unlike other boat coatings, Wearlon Wetlander combines “Slippery AND Durability”.

To top it off, Wearlon Wetlander is quick and easy to apply with basic minimal prep, goes on smooth without drips and sags, and adheres tenaciously to aluminum, fiberglass, gel coats and most pre-existing hull coatings.  For example, many of our customers have applied Wetlander over their old Steelflex with great results.  And, with any extra coating left over, apply it on your trailer running boards for easier launching and loading, in your live well for easy clean-up, and even on the sidewalls and rudders for hydrophobic and anti-bug-splat-purposes.

Most slick bottom paints require a high-build layering application approach resulting in several gallons needed per average sized boat.  Wetlander however, requires just a half gallon of primer and a half gallon of top coat, and you’re done.  If you want the the ultimate protection, with high build from multiple layers, check out our 3L System. This video was sent to us from Duane at dwnrvr.com, who put a Wetlander 3L kit on a customers boat, then put his dog on the hull to see how slick it was…

If there is a need for a mid season touchup, simply roll some more Wetlander on the affected areas.

Furthermore, Wetlander is not hazardous like the many fumey, high VOC and solvent based paints.  Rather, Wetlander is a water based coating, making it safe and easy to use throughout the application process.

Wetlander is super slick

Wetlander greatly reduces friction on both land and water.  With Wearlon® boat racing technology, airboats can now travel at higher speeds with less water drag.  Less drag means less fuel consumption.

However, the slipperiness of Wetlander coated boats is felt most on land.  That means powering up grass banks, crushing though heavy sawgrass, or chasing after wild game can be better realized.

Also, imagine being able to get through those sticky mud traps without getting bogged down.  No doubt, mud is a major problem for airboaters and sometimes can be very dangerous.

Wetlander is Tough

The Wetlander Primer/Topcoat system is extremely durable and abrasion resistant.  Many airboaters  have been unsatisfied with many of the slick bottom coatings out there, in terms of not holding up or actually delaminating from the hull.  Delamination is primarily caused by impact flexes, poor initial adhesion and/or condensation.  Wearlon® Wetlander is superior in all of these areas.  Wetlander has tenacious adhesion to all metals, can withstand flex of 180°, and acts as a condensation barrier.
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Here is a picture of a metal plate that was coated with Wetlander Primer and Topcoat, then severely bent to show the “elastomeric” properties.
         
Notice, the Wetlander has not cracked, split or flaked in any way.
Can your current slick bottom do that?!
We here at The Wearlon Division of Plastic Maritime Corp have specifically engineered Wetlander to provide optimal durability and friction reduction for a significantly better ride…to get you through the mud traps of the Florida Everglades, past the gators of the Louisiana bayous, and through all the rivers, lagoons, and marshes of God’s Green Earth.

Get there with Wetlander

5 Reasons to coat your aluminum hull with Wetlander

Hello TinBoaters!

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.

Trailering and airboat

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…

Picture of a bad coating on an aluminum hull.  The coating is scratched, chipped and falling off the hull.

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.

Picture of coated pile being driven into ground

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.

Questions?  Comments?!  Punch it into the reply/comment box below, PM me on Tinboats.net (user =Wetlander), or contact me directly here.

Scott Hogan

(518) 469-3612

scott.hogan@wearloncorp.com

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.

Wetlander 3-Layer Coating System for hunting and fishing boats

We are now offering a 3 layer system designed for standard sized (100 ft. sq.) wood, fiberglass, and aluminum boats.  Whether you’re bowfishing, gigging,  trapping, or duck hunting, this 3 coat system will protect your hull and provide you the slip you need to get over obstacles and slide through skinny water and sticky mud.

This system is based on premise that multiple cured layers of coating are better than one thick layer.  By stacking alternate layers of coating, you are ensuring a pinhole free surface that will not allow water to migrate through to your hull.  Multiple layers also give you separate layers of durability to keep your hull protected and sliding clean, even after getting scraped and gouged.

This 3L (three layer) system arrives at your door as two separate ½ gallons, followed by a half gallon of our super slick Wetlander Topcoat; you get 1 and a half gallons total for $309, saving you $15!

Layer 1- Highly Durable/ Adhesion Primer
Layer 2- Primer/ Topcoat Hybrid
Layer 3- Friction Reducing Top Coat

Just like all of our specialty boat coatings, Wetlander can be applied by either a sprayer or roller.  It is also easy to touch up later on in the season.  Just sand the area you want to touch up, wipe it clean, then apply more Wetlander Topcoat.  It’s that easy.

By ordering Wetlander 3L as a kit, you will save $15, compared to buying (3) ½ gallons at regular price.  So - Order Now!

What is the Best Slick Bottom for Airboats?

Airboaters have a unique problem. They need their boats to go fast and easy on water, marsh plants, roots, and dry land. That means their airboat hulls needs to be both very slick in water, but also very slick and durable on land. Asking a boat hull to endure the punishment of scraping along sandy beaches, endless sawgrass marshes, and grass fields and THEN slip efficiently through the water, day after day, weekend after weekend, is asking a lot. If you’re not runnin’ with polymer on your airboat, chances are you’ve got some sort of friction-reducing slick bottom paint on your hull. I am going to describe how these slippery coatings work, as well as how best to utilize them.
There are a variety of liquid hull coatings on the market. Ideally the best liquid hull coating would be one that is tough, slick, and long lasting. I talked to Glenn Fichter of Southern Enterprises, one of the premiere custom airboat builders working today, and asked him “What properties would the ideal liquid hull coating need to have for you and your customers?” His answer was simply “Needs to be slick, and adhere well to the bottom.” Let’s focus on adhesion first.
Two-part epoxy systems are known for their toughness, due to a high cross-linked density and excellent adhesion to a variety of substrates. As a result, the best liquid hull coatings are based on a two part epoxy system. The high cross-linked density factor makes the coating itself resistant to scrapes, gouges, and abrasion, while the adhesion factor prevents the coating from coming off, or “delaminating”, from the substrate to which it is applied.
Most of the epoxy systems used in airboating use either a primer followed by a friction-reducing topcoat, or skip the primer layer altogether and just build up multiple layers of friction-reducing topcoat. The advantage to putting down a primer layer first, before the topcoat layer, is that the primer is designed to grip the substrate tenaciously while providing the optimum surface for a topcoat to be applied. If the primer layer is allowed to cure properly, before the addition of the topcoat, the primer layer will provide an added layer of durability and protection to the overall coating system.
One of the most crucial elements to getting a hard, durable coating is allowing each layer of coating to properly cure. Notice I said cure, not dry. Dry means you can touch it with your finger, and then pull your finger away and there will be no coating on it. Cure means drying for enough time to allow the exothermic, or “heat producing” chemical reaction to take place, as well as allowing all the liquid components within the epoxy to evaporate. Only when that chemical reaction is finished, and the liquid component is driven off, can the coating be considered fully cured. Many manufacturers state that there is a window of time when the first primer layer is still “tacky” when you can add a topcoat. This may be true, but in most cases you are sacrificing a potentially long functional coating life for a quicker turnaround. Remember, the ideal liquid hull coating is one that is slippery, durable, and long-lasting. I know you want to get your boat back on the water where it belongs, but if you allow each layer of coating to fully cure, you will have better adhesion, and a stronger and more durable coating.
Now for the fun stuff – the fast and slippery topcoat that allows airboats to go faster, use less fuel and slip over hard surfaces and water plants. Silicone has great lubricating and slip-producing properties. Silicone-based friction reducing coatings come in two distinct styles, “migratory” and “non-migratory”. In the more common migratory silicone epoxies, the silicone exists only in a thin layer on the surface of the coating. In other words, during the curing phase, the silicone migrates or “blooms” to the surface of the coating, where it lays on the surface of the coating, exposing its slippery properties to reduce friction. It works for a short time, until the silicone is all gone. Once the silicone is gone, so is the slippery nature of the coating. The loss of the silicone layer also compromises the cross-linked density, which drastically reduces the durability of the coating. Therefore, with a migratory silicone coating, the more you use your boat, the faster your coating disappears.
On the other hand, in a non-migratory silicone epoxy, the silicone molecules do not just sit on the surface of the epoxy. Rather, the slippery silicone molecules are embedded equally throughout the matrix of coating. The non-migratory silicone is much less common, probably because the chemistry is more advanced and is difficult to produce. That is unfortunate because non-migratory silicone is much more effective. Even if the coating gets scratched or abraded, its slippery properties do not diminish because the silicone exists equally throughout the entire thickness of the coating. As long as there is coating on the hull, you still have a slippery surface working for you.
In talking with airboaters, it seems that a general lack of durability is the major complaint with liquid hull coatings. Freshly applied coatings are super-slick at first, but then quickly lose their slippery properties with use. In general, to avoid poor performance, apply a high quality primer that has been enhanced with silicone, allow it to fully cure, and then apply a high quality topcoat that has non-migratory silicone embedded throughout the matrix of the epoxy. If you’re not sure, just call your liquid hull coating manufacturer and get the facts.
When properly applied, liquid hull coatings help prevent corrosion, offer abrasion resistance, and greatly decrease the amount of friction in both water and on land. Friction reduction greatly improves the speed, fuel efficiency, and functional life of your airboat. Dollar for dollar, a high quality hull coating is the least expensive way to improve the overall performance of your airboat.

Wearlon® technology addresses both durability and slickness by embedding non-migratory silicone throughout the matrix of both the primer and the topcoat layer. This dual layer system provides you with a slick bottom that lasts longer and outperforms other coatings.