About

Our Mission:

ePaint Company is committed to "Green Boat Maintenance" by responsibly developing and marketing marine coatings that are non-toxic to humans and safe for the environment.  

How ePaint Bottom Paints Work:

All ePaint products are free of copper, tributyltin, and other biocides that persist in the environment.  ePaint coatings combine novel patented photo-active technology with environmentally preferred active ingredients to provide you with a safe, effective alternative to traditional bottom paints.

ePaint antifouling and foul release coatings combine several different mechanisms to keep your boat hull clean: 

  • The main mechanism found in all ePaint coatings is a patented photo-active technology that is unique only to ePaint's. Energy from visible light in the water column is used to combine water and dissolved oxygen molecules to form hydrogen peroxide that blankets around the boat hull, creating a surface inhospitable to bio-fouling animal larvae such as barnacles and zebra mussels.  Hydrogen peroxide is very effective at deterring bio-fouling from settling yet quickly decomposes back into water and dissolved oxygen. 

ePaint coatings are comprised of different ablative resin matrix's designed to wear at different rates; some ePaint products offer very hard finishes for racing and high speed boats while others are softer and designed for boats that sit mostly idle.  In all cases, the controlled wearing of the paint helps release bio-fouling from attaching.

ePaint antifouling coatings contain U.S. EPA approved actives to prevent growth from attaching.  ePaint has made a conscious effort to formulate only with actives that break down quickly and do not persist in the environment.  ePaint antifouling paints are formulated with either Zinc Omadine® or SeaNine 211N™ to effectively prevent bio-fouling in a responsible manner.  These actives comprise less than 5% by weight of the coatings dry film, compared with 40-75% cuprous oxide found in traditional antifouling paints.

ePaint foul release coatings are a relatively new class of bottom paints (albeit we've offered our foul release coatings for over a decade).  Foul release coatings are unique in that they do not contain pesticides.  Foul release coatings may foul but their unique chemistry makes bio-fouling easy to remove by motion of the boat through the water or occasional in-water maintenance cleaning.  ePaint foul release coatings are effective alternatives to traditional antifouling paints.  Case study, ePaint EP-21 foul release coating was recently rated "Excellent" by Practical Sailor Magazine (March 2010) when evaluated against 65 other bottom paints tested in FL waters. Only 5 bottom paints in this test study achieved an Excellent rating (by the way, ePaint EP-2000 and ZO-HP antifoulants also rated "Excellent".)

About ePaint Company:

ePaint Company was established in 1991 to market environmentally friendly coatings.  The primary thrust of the marketing effort is towards specialty coatings for the control of bio-fouling.

ePaint began developing antifouling coatings with funding from the U.S. Navy in 1985.  Since that time, the company has been awarded numerous contracts to research novel methods of bio-fouling control, de-icing, and corrosion protection coating technologies.  ePaint has developed specialty coatings for the U.S. Coast Guard, the U.S. Navy, the U.S. Air Force, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, the U.S. Department of Agriculture, the National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration, the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institute, the U.S Geological Survey, and private sector industries.  The ongoing research has resulted in three U.S. Patents with others pending.

ePaint was the first company to have an antifouling coating registered with the U.S. EPA free of copper and tin-based pesticides. Currently ePaint has several antifouling products registered with the U.S. EPA and various State environmental regulatory bodies. ePaint also offers a new class of bottom paints called non-toxic foul release coatings that do not contain biocides.  Other products are undergoing further development or are under U.S. EPA review.