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
 
4.3

(based on 22 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (11)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (7)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (3)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (1)

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94%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Even paint distribution (11)
  • Lightweight (3)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Small areas (10)
  • Large areas (9)
  • Detailed work (3)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Avid do-it-yourselfer (8), Casual do-it-yourselfer (5), Professional (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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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

       
      4.0

      Good Price, good quality...

      By Gary L.

      from Saint Maries, Idaho

      About Me Professional

      Pros

      • Ergonomic Grip
      • Even Paint Distribution
      • Lightweight

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Large Areas
        • Small Areas

        Comments about TotalBoat Topside Primer:

        DO NOT apply in temperatures over 85 degrees!

         
        5.0

        Good hi-build primer

        By Gary L. Sr.

        from Saint Maries, Idaho

        About Me Professional

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        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Hi-build

        Cons

        • Apply Below 80 Degrees

        Best Uses

        • Large Areas
        • Small Areas

        Comments about TotalBoat Topside Primer:

        Good hi-build primer but needs to be applied below 80 degrees or disaster will strike. Namely a rough orange peel like texture that has to be sanded out for a good finish...

         
        5.0

        As advertised.

        By None

        from Adrian, Michigan

        About Me Avid Do-It-Yourselfer

        Verified Reviewer

        Pros

        • Even Paint Distribution

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Small Areas

          Comments about TotalBoat Topside Primer:

          I used it on my 1979 fiberglass bass boat. The floor paint was chipping badly. The primer sealed the chipped areas and made a great base for the finish non-skid paint. It worked really well.

           
          4.0

          topside primer

          By clay

          from south carolina

          About Me Professional

          Verified Reviewer

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            Cons

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                Comments about TotalBoat Topside Primer:

                Good product

                 
                4.0

                Good Primer

                By tictack

                from Lake Wales, Fl

                About Me Casual Do-It-Yourselfer

                See all my reviews

                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

                    Verified Reviewer

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                      Cons

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                          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.

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