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FW-21 Slick Coat Racing Paint

FW-21 Slick Coat Racing Paint is an ultra-thin, super-slick, low-friction film for boat bottoms.  It is the ideal racing finish for fresh water or cold salt-water boats.  FW-21 combines copper powder, Moly-Disulfide and PTFE to produce a super-slick paint film that reduces surface friction, allowing the hull to slide through the water.  FW-21 is recommended for use on fiber-glass, wood and properly primed steel boats.  It is easy to apply and dries in 15 minutes. Color changes upon immersion.   

  • Type: Thin-film Solid Lubricant
  • Recommended Usage: Freshwater and cold saltwater
  • Number of Coats Recommended: 3
  • Coverage: 80 sq.ft./qt. kit
  • Drying Time: To overcoat: 5-20min.; To launch: 30-120min.
  • Recommended Thinner: None required
Product Models
Description WM Model # MFG Part # Availability Price Quantity  
FW-21 Slick Coat Racing Paint, Qt, BLue 15024011 411122122
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$59.99

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FW-21 Slick Coat Racing Paint, Qt, Bronze 15024003 411192122W
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$59.99

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Product Description

FW-21 Slick Coat Racing Paint is an ultra-thin, super-slick, low-friction film for boat bottoms.  It is the ideal racing finish for fresh water or cold salt-water boats.  FW-21 combines copper powder, Moly-Disulfide and PTFE to produce a super-slick paint film that reduces surface friction, allowing the hull to slide through the water.  FW-21 is recommended for use on fiber-glass, wood and properly primed steel boats.  It is easy to apply and dries in 15 minutes. Color changes upon immersion.   

  • Type: Thin-film Solid Lubricant
  • Recommended Usage: Freshwater and cold saltwater
  • Number of Coats Recommended: 3
  • Coverage: 80 sq.ft./qt. kit
  • Drying Time: To overcoat: 5-20min.; To launch: 30-120min.
  • Recommended Thinner: None required

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West MarineFW-21 Slick Coat Racing Paint
 
4.4

(based on 10 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

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    (5)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (4)

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    (1)

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89%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Easy to use (9)
  • Protects well (4)
  • Visually pleasing (3)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

No Best Uses
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Advanced (7)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (9)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Biocide or not...

FW-21 is a great cost effective alternative to VC-17. I think the "21" refers to the 21% Copper Oxide that is in the top can and then added to the...Read complete review

FW-21 is a great cost effective alternative to VC-17. I think the "21" refers to the 21% Copper Oxide that is in the top can and then added to the liquid just before application. This works great for me on my boat in fresh water (L.Mich) Be aware this NO LONGER has Irgarol in it. Irgarol is a biocide that stops photosynthesis (plant growth). Pettit makes SR-21 which is similar, and SR-21 which contained Irgarol, but also is no longer available. Review date 3/2016

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Is there a difference?

OK, the product is a less expensive alternative to VC-17.

OK, the product is a less expensive alternative to VC-17.

Reviewed by 10 customers

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5.0

i would buy this again

By todd

from toledo,ohio

About Me Casual/ Recreational

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Easy to Use

Cons

    Best Uses

      Comments about FW-21 Slick Coat Racing Paint:

      cheaper than vc17 with same results

      • Was this a gift?:
      • No
       
      5.0

      Just like VC-17 at a discount

      By Doc of the Bay

      from Sandusky, Ohio

      About Me Advanced

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Easy to Use
      • Protects Well
      • Visually Pleasing

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • below the water line

        Comments about FW-21 Slick Coat Racing Paint:

        I have used a similar product for years. This West Marine product mixed, applied and dried exactly like VC-17 at a lower price.

        • Was this a gift?:
        • No
         
        4.0

        This is the 1st time I have used this particular product.

        By Ccaptain

        from Sandusky, Ohio

        About Me Advanced

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Easy to Use
        • Visually Pleasing

        Cons

          Best Uses

            Comments about FW-21 Slick Coat Racing Paint:

            It applies the same as VC17

            • Was this a gift?:
            • No
             
            5.0

            Purchased based on West advise and went on well

            By Expressway

            from Bay City

            About Me Advanced

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Easy to Use
            • Visually Pleasing

            Cons

              Best Uses

                Comments about FW-21 Slick Coat Racing Paint:

                Bottom paint satisfaction will be determined based on performance this season

                • Was this a gift?:
                • No
                 
                4.0

                Great alternative to VC17

                By Pablo

                from Dayton, OH

                About Me Casual/ Recreational

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Easily thinned with denatured alcohol.
                • Easy to Use

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                    Comments about FW-21 Slick Coat Racing Paint:

                    Great product. Holds up well. Less expensive than other similar products.

                    • Was this a gift?:
                    • No
                     
                    3.0

                    Is there a difference?

                    By Hunter30g

                    from St. Clair Shores MI

                    About Me Advanced

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Easy to Use

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Outdoor

                      Comments about FW-21 Slick Coat Racing Paint:

                      OK, the product is a less expensive alternative to VC-17.

                      • Was this a gift?:
                      • No
                       
                      5.0

                      As good or better than VC-17

                      By cygnus

                      from Alto, Michigan

                      About Me Advanced

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Easy to Use
                      • Protects Well

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                          Comments about FW-21 Slick Coat Racing Paint:

                          West Marine FW-21 seems to have the same formulation as VC-17 with the possible exception of having more of the copper powder, which would be good thing!

                          • Was this a gift?:
                          • No

                          (0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                           
                          4.0

                          VC17 or FW-21

                          By Marco Polo

                          from Saugatuck, MI

                          Verified Buyer

                          Comments about FW-21 Slick Coat Racing Paint:

                          This will be the first year that I try this product. I am a little anxious about changing from the tried and true VC-17 But, saving a little money might be worth it.

                           
                          5.0

                          I would purchase this product again

                          By Scott

                          from Michigan

                          About Me Advanced

                          Verified Buyer

                          Pros

                          • Easy to Use
                          • Protects Well

                          Cons

                            Best Uses

                            • Great fresh water bottom paint

                            Comments about FW-21 Slick Coat Racing Paint:

                            Changed from VC 17 to this year's back. Very similar results, less cost. Dries very quickly. After several coats over years no build up. Glad WM brought back several years ago. When you apply only pour out what roller can use because it evaporates very quickly.

                            • Was this a gift?:
                            • No

                            (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

                             
                            4.0

                            Biocide or not...

                            By i Brutus

                            from Midwest

                            About Me Advanced

                            Verified Reviewer

                            Pros

                            • Easy to Use
                            • Protects Well

                            Cons

                              Best Uses

                              • Outdoor

                              Comments about FW-21 Slick Coat Racing Paint:

                              FW-21 is a great cost effective alternative to VC-17. I think the "21" refers to the 21% Copper Oxide that is in the top can and then added to the liquid just before application. This works great for me on my boat in fresh water (L.Mich) Be aware this NO LONGER has Irgarol in it. Irgarol is a biocide that stops photosynthesis (plant growth). Pettit makes SR-21 which is similar, and SR-21 which contained Irgarol, but also is no longer available. Review date 3/2016

                              • Was this a gift?:
                              • No

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