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 31 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (15)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (10)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (4)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (1)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (1)

92%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Even paint distribution (15)
  • Lightweight (6)
  • Easy to clean (4)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Large areas (14)
  • Small areas (14)
  • Detailed work (5)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Avid do-it-yourselfer (12), Casual do-it-yourselfer (8), Professional (7), 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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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

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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.

               
              5.0

              Good Stuff.

              By Gary L. Sr.

              from Saint Maries, Idaho

              About Me Professional

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              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Ergonomic Grip
              • Even Paint Distribution
              • Lightweight

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Large Areas
                • Small Areas

                Comments about TotalBoat Topside Primer:

                This is a great hi-build primer but be very careful if you apply it with a roller it will leave a kind of "Orange Peel" effect even with foam rollers which it eats! But it does leave a good base.

                 
                4.0

                TB Primer

                By CaptVan

                from MA

                About Me Avid Do-It-Yourselfer

                Pros

                • Easy To Clean
                • Even Paint Distribution
                • Lightweight

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Detailed Work
                  • Large Areas
                  • Small Areas

                  Comments about TotalBoat Topside Primer:

                  Overall, I was pleased with this primer. Directions on the can could be improved, but they are available online. Specifically, dry time should be added to the label.

                   
                  5.0

                  Excellent Product!

                  By Kal

                  from Annapolis, MD

                  About Me Casual Do-It-Yourselfer

                  Verified Reviewer

                  Pros

                  • Easy application

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                      Comments about TotalBoat Topside Primer:

                      I used this primer and Total Fair to fix 50 years of abuse to a Pearson Hawk hull. The primer is a dream to use, as is the Total Fair. Getting ready to finish with Wet Edge.

                       
                      5.0

                      works very well on exterior plywood

                      By George

                      from waterboro, maine

                      Pros

                      • Even Paint Distribution

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                          Comments about TotalBoat Topside Primer:

                          covers easily with roller and evenly spreads, dries fast enough

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