TotalBoat Topside Primer
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TotalBoat Topside Primer

TotalBoat Topside Primer is a premium marine undercoat compatible with both one-part and two-part topside finishes. Intended for use above the waterline, it can be sprayed, rolled, or brushed prior to painting with polyurethane or enamel topside paints.

Use on wood, fiberglass, gelcoat, and over previously painted materials. This single part, high-build primer requires only a single coat. Thin with Xylol (xylene). It dries quickly and is easy to sand. TotalBoat Topside Primer is available in white or gray in quarts and gallons.

We recommend this primer with our new TotalBoat Wet Edge Topside Paint, available in 20 brilliant colors.

IMPORTANT: Stir primer continuously for five minutes before use.

Included free of charge with all purchases:
(2) Plastic 1 QT Paint Pots, (2) 10" Wooden Stir Sticks, (1) Pair Large Latex Gloves.

 
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Features

  • High-performance, one-part primer
  • Fast drying
  • Non-lifting
  • Lead and chromate free
  • Rust inhibitive

Thinning and Cleanup

  • Thinning (Brush/Roll Application): TotalBoat Special Brushing Thinner 100
  • Thinning (Spray Application): Xylene
  • Cleanup: TotalBoat Special Brushing Thinner 100, TotalBoat Dewaxer & Surface Prep, or xylene

 

Preparation & Application Tips

Preparation is the key to good-looking, long-lasting, results. A properly prepared surface is clean, solid and dry. Do not paint immediately after rain, during foggy weather or when the temperature is below 50 degrees Fahrenheit.

Use a foam roller or firm polyester brush for best results. If spraying, thin with xylene up to 15-20%. Avoid lap marks by not painting in direct sunlight and by coating sections of the surface either down or across hull to natural breaks, maintaining a wet edge.

If your edge begins to dry or you see that you missed a spot and the primer is already setting up, allow it to dry completely before touching up that area.

Do not lather on primer too thickly or you will compromise all flexible adhesion characteristics that make TotalBoat Primer one of the industry's leading one-part undercoats. Dry Film Thickness should be 1-2 mils.

Vehicle Type  Phenolic Modified Short Oil Alkyd 
Application Method  Brush, Roll or Spray 
Number of Coats  1-2 coats 
Dry Film Thickness (per coat)  1-2 mils 
Wet Film Thickness (per coat)  3 mils 
Application Temp  50-90°F 
Application Humidity  0-90 % 
Dry Time (to touch)  1 hour @ 50°F
30 mins @ 70°F
10 mins @ 90°F 
Dry Time (to overcoat)  4 hours @ 50°F
2 hours @ 70°F
1 hour @ 90°F 
Coverage  250-300 sq ft/gal 
Finish Sheen/Gloss  Flat (5-10°) 
VOC  < 358 grams/liter 
Flash Point  1° 
Solids (by weight)  61-64 % 
Solids (by volume)  42-45 % 
Below Water Line (yes/no): No
BRAND: TotalBoat
Number Of Parts: One Part
Rate Of Cure: Fast
Type: Topside Paint Primer
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TotalBoat Topside Primer
 
4.2

(based on 35 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (16)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (13)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (4)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (1)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (1)

93%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Even paint distribution (17)
  • Lightweight (7)
  • Easy to clean (5)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Large areas (15)
  • Small areas (14)
  • Detailed work (5)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Avid do-it-yourselfer (14), Casual do-it-yourselfer (9), Professional (7), Beginner (4)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

A learning curve

I'm not sure what they consider "Dries quickly" in the promo. I waited 24 hours and it was still gummy. After the second day it sanded nicely and filled the...Read complete review

I'm not sure what they consider "Dries quickly" in the promo. I waited 24 hours and it was still gummy. After the second day it sanded nicely and filled the grain on my wooden ketch well. The second coat helped to fill some mild cracks in the wood and left a nice painting surface. I would use again but with better knowledge of the product. Good price. Took more than I calculated for 2 coats.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

topside primer (totalboat)

I bought total boat primer to prime my boat and get it ready for paint. I liked the product, however it was a bit messy and the application with a "roll and...Read complete review

I bought total boat primer to prime my boat and get it ready for paint. I liked the product, however it was a bit messy and the application with a "roll and tip" method gave me a rough surface. Alot of sanding was required. The product did fill well, especially cracks amd other area's where it was needed. I would buy this product again.

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4.0

Does the job

By Sailor Sam

from Dubuque, IA

About Me Avid Do-It-Yourselfer

Pros

  • High hiding primer

Cons

    Best Uses

    • high-hide capability

    Comments about TotalBoat Topside Primer:

    Late in summer 2015 I purchased the Total Boat gloss white to repaint my cock[pit sole after re-building and fiberglassing it. I did not get to that project until this spring, and by then I decided to do it right and first prime the new surface.
    This week I just finished the cockpit painting and am glad I chose the primer. I couldn't have picked worse weather to paint in because everyday is up in the 90's and humid; the primer did a good job of hiding small defects and it dried quickly. Actually it dried too quickly, but I attributed that to the extreme temperatures and being in the hot sun.
    The only less-than happy experience i had with it is that I had to put masking tape on it to mask off an adjoining area to be painted in a different color, and when I pulled the tape, a few small patches of paint completely lifted with the tape. I wouldn't blame the primer, however, because of the extreme conditions i used it in; also that I may not have prepared the surface well enough.
    Thorough preparation is critical for paint to adhere to the surface.

     
    5.0

    Just what I needed

    By Busted Knuckle

    from seaford, DE

    About Me Casual Do-It-Yourselfer

    Pros

    • Easy To Clean
    • Even Paint Distribution
    • Lightweight

    Cons

      Best Uses

        Comments about TotalBoat Topside Primer:

        This paint worked very well. It is thick, it will fill minor voids. For an already smooth surface this may be overkill.

         
        4.0

        Good stuff

        By Tyler

        from Binghamton, New York

        About Me Beginner

        Pros

        • Even Paint Distribution

        Cons

          Best Uses

            Comments about TotalBoat Topside Primer:

            Very thick. I would recomend thinning. I tryed to roll it on but had little success probably because the roller i was using. I ordered 1 quart to do my 14 footer. And ran out. I ordered another gallon and am ready for paint. Fills very well. But i found it hard not to apply it too thick.

             
            4.0

            Thick Primer

            By dug

            from Iowa

            About Me Avid Do-It-Yourselfer

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Large Areas

                Comments about TotalBoat Topside Primer:

                The other reviews said it dried slowly but mine was dry to the touch in 1 hour. It left an orange peal surface, I should have thinned but the other reviews said it was slow to dry. Clogs 150 grit sandpaper when sanding dry. Covers well but took a half gallon to cover the bottom of a 13' Boston Whaler.

                 
                3.0

                Heed the reviews

                By frank

                from Porum Landing, Oklahoma

                About Me Casual Do-It-Yourselfer

                Comments about TotalBoat Topside Primer:

                Used this product on a 50 year old fiberglass hull. Do not apply below 55 degrees F. Dried too thick, too slow, and left a lot of sanding to do. Do not brush on at this temp; left a lot of streaks that needed to be sanded out. Built up well and I liked the final finish. Use a roll and tip method. Perhaps using some thinner would have helped.

                 
                1.0

                Misleading

                By Nyunixguru

                from Long Island new york

                About Me Avid Do-It-Yourselfer

                Pros

                  Cons

                  • Does not fill depressions
                  • Watery

                  Best Uses

                    Comments about TotalBoat Topside Primer:

                    High build my you know what.
                    this product is very watery like the thinnest latex you can imagine it does not fill depressions at all
                    I feel the videos are very deceiving
                    Disapointed I thought this stuff was going to be the bomb. Would try something else next time

                     
                    5.0

                    Excellent Results

                    By Tom

                    from Mooresville, NC

                    About Me Casual Do-It-Yourselfer

                    Comments about TotalBoat Topside Primer:

                    I used this on the hull of an old dinghy that I am restoring. It says to remove all old paint but I had only done a lot of sanding with 60 grit. I had no problem with any of the old paint lifiting off. You do need to be careful because this will leave brush strokes and orange peel and it is not "easy" to sand. I suggest wet sanding with 220 grit. Be sure to put a touch of dishwashing detergent in your sanding water to prevent clogging the paper. I then follow the 220 with 400. Yes, this is a lot of work. That's what's required if you want the absolute best finish. I like this stuff a lot.

                     
                    4.0

                    I recommend this product to other consumers

                    By /

                    from Montross, Va.

                    About Me Avid Do-It-Yourselfer

                    Pros

                    • Easy To Clean
                    • Even Paint Distribution

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Detailed Work
                      • Large Areas
                      • Small Areas

                      Comments about TotalBoat Topside Primer:

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                      5.0

                      Great stuff!

                      By Gary L. Sr.

                      from Saint Maries, Idaho

                      About Me Professional

                      Verified Reviewer

                      Pros

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                          • Large Areas
                          • Small Areas

                          Comments about TotalBoat Topside Primer:

                          This is a great high build primer that should be applied above 65 degrees and allowed to fully cure where high humidity is a problem.

                           
                          4.0

                          Great stuff

                          By 28memco

                          from Orange Park, FL

                          About Me Avid Do-It-Yourselfer

                          Verified Buyer

                          Pros

                          • Easy To Clean
                          • Even Paint Distribution
                          • Lightweight

                          Cons

                            Best Uses

                            • Large Areas

                            Comments about TotalBoat Topside Primer:

                            The Jamestown distributors primers are just as good as the name brand high dollar primers if not better.

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