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Hull Blacking Types.
Prior to 2018 Hull blacking were available in two distinctly different types: Bitumen based and Coal Tar based (in both single and two pack epoxy types). These coatings when aged have very similar appearances. Since the April 2019 final ban on the application of coatings containing coal tar pitch, all available blackings are now bitumen based.Bituminous products are spirit based and can be applied over any existing coating type without issues - by owners and non-professional applicators, providing the appropriate PPE is worn.Owners looking to recoat hulls previously painted with Rylard Coflex VT or Spencer Coatings Comastic should look at Rylard Premium Protection. This product offers the best available chemical resistance. If you are having the hull blasted back to bare steek for repair work, two to three coats of the bodied bitumen coating Rylard Rytex is recommended.