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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High Performance One-Part Primer

  • Fast Drying
  • Non-Lifting
  • Rust Inhibitive
  • Lead and Chromate Free

 

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 result. 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 paint too thick or you will compromise all flexible adhesion characteristics that make TotalBoat Primer one of the industries 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 17 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

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    (8)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (5)

  • 3 Stars

     

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93%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Even paint distribution (8)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Large areas (7)
  • Small areas (7)
  • Detailed work (3)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Avid do-it-yourselfer (7), Casual do-it-yourselfer (5), Beginner (3)

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

Good Primer

By tictack

from Lake Wales, Fl

About Me Casual Do-It-Yourselfer

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Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Easy to work with
  • Even Paint Distribution
  • Quick drying

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Large Areas
    • Small Areas

    Comments about TotalBoat Topside Primer:

    This is my first time using Jamestown products and I will continue to use them again. The primer was on the bottom of some old canoes and row boats. With the use of a foam roller the primer went on smoothly, Covered well, and dried quickly which I liked. The only issue I had with the primer was the very quick drying time. On a large surface like the hull of a canoe the primer was drying before I could blend in the next painted section which made for harsh lines in the hull. However, when I lightly sanded before the first coat of paint these shades and drying lines completely disappeared.

     
    5.0

    TotalBoat primer is great

    By Fireball

    from Middletown, NY

    About Me Casual Do-It-Yourselfer

    Verified Reviewer

    Pros

    • Easy To Roll
    • Great Coverage

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Large Areas
      • Small Areas

      Comments about TotalBoat Topside Primer:

      I bought a derelict sailboat and have been fixing it up. I used total boat primer for the hull before painting. I had my boat out on Naragansett bay this weekend and it looked awesome!

       
      3.0

      Fast painters needed.

      By Sneak sailor

      from Barnegat Bay, NJ

      About Me Avid Do-It-Yourselfer

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        Cons

          Best Uses

            Comments about TotalBoat Topside Primer:

            Application right out of the can is for experts only. If you don't get it right in the first few brush strokes you can expect to do some serious sanding. It also seems to pull the pigment out of some paints. Tried it over a red topside paint that I had sanded a bit and the white turned pink. That was after vacuuming, tack cloth, and thinner wipe down to get the dust up. It does fill and sand well. I have another boat to paint and I'll give it another go but thinned out to see if it works better. Jury still out.

             
            5.0

            Easy to use

            By Rob

            from NY

            About Me Casual Do-It-Yourselfer

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            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Easy to use

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Detailed Work
              • Large Areas
              • Small Areas

              Comments about TotalBoat Topside Primer:

              I used the primer to cover ugly, chipped and uneven red hull paint. Once taped off the primer was simple to use and apply!

               
              5.0

              Great Primer

              By Johnny Boy

              from Yonkers, NY

              About Me Professional

              Pros

              • Applies easily
              • Bare Wood I'd Definetly
              • Even Paint Distribution
              • Goes On Easily And Sands
              • One Coat Coverage
              • Only Needed One Coat On
              • Sandpaper Top Coat
              • Sands easily
              • Smooth Without Clogging

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Detailed Work
                • Large Areas
                • Small Areas

                Comments about TotalBoat Topside Primer:

                Easily sands without clogging sandpaper. Sets up fast and only needed one coat coverage over bare wood.

                 
                4.0

                Good product

                By Clay

                from John Day, OR

                About Me Avid Do-It-Yourselfer

                Verified Reviewer

                Pros

                • Easy to sand
                • Even Paint Distribution
                • Flows well
                • Lightweight

                Cons

                • Coverage Less Than Expect

                Best Uses

                • Detailed Work
                • Large Areas
                • Small Areas

                Comments about TotalBoat Topside Primer:

                I used 2 coats of Totalboat Topside primer over wood and fiberglass/epoxy for the outside of a driftboat. Coverage was just enough combined with wet edge topside paint. Would have liked a little more coverage, but after 2 coats of topside paint, the finish product was great. I was totally impressed by the results. I sprayed one coat and got just as good of results with rolling and tipping after I burned a hole in my air hose. Great product, make sure you get enough. 1 quart was just enough for 2 coats on a 16 ft driftboat.

                 
                3.0

                Total Boat Primer And Foam Brushes

                By Canoeboy

                from wisconsin

                About Me Professional

                Pros

                • High Build Quick Dry

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                    Comments about TotalBoat Topside Primer:

                    Quick to dry..to a fault. Additional sanding may be required, but if high build and filling are your goal...this stuff does it.
                    Eats up my Jamestown foam brushes. Could be the xylene base.... Use a synthetic or bristle brush when applying this product.

                     
                    4.0

                    Excellent product. Would recommend.

                    By None

                    from Bend, Oregon

                    About Me Avid Do-It-Yourselfer

                    Pros

                    • Even Paint Distribution
                    • Good Filling Ability

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Wooden Hull Primer

                      Comments about TotalBoat Topside Primer:

                      Used this product as a primer over a fiberglassed wooden hull. Excellent viscosity for filling glass cloth fabric. Went on easily and evenly. Used two coats, lightly sanding between coats. Good, even finish. Ready for epoxy finish paint.

                       
                      4.0

                      Ordered more

                      By Still on the hard

                      from Marysville Ohio

                      About Me Avid Do-It-Yourselfer

                      Verified Reviewer

                      Pros

                      • Even Paint Distribution

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                          Comments about TotalBoat Topside Primer:

                          Lays out well with foam roller and brush. Good durability.

                           
                          2.0

                          Difficult to use. Not sure if I like it.

                          By Nanord

                          from Mamaroneck, NY

                          About Me Avid Do-It-Yourselfer

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                                Comments about TotalBoat Topside Primer:

                                I paint a lot. This paint is difficult to brush. Needs to be thinned a lot and does not maintain a wet edge. Tried painting right out of can like the JD video shows. That was not a good idea. Lots of orange peel. Needed heavy sanding and I went through a lot of sandpaper. Tried a second coat thinned significantly and used roller only. Second application looks better. Jury is still out on this paint.

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