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Product Details

Interlux Bilgekote Bilge Paint is a fast-drying, durable coating formulated for application to bilge areas. Painting your boat's bilge helps prevent the absorption of oil, gasoline, or sludge into wood and fiberglass.

Bilgekote protects bilges, lockers, and bulkheads against moisture penetration and wear and tear. Bilgekote is easy to clean while providing excellent resistance to oil and fuel spillage.

Tech Specs
Drying Information 59 Degrees73 Degrees F95 Degrees F
Touch Dry (ISO)3 hours2 hours1 hour
Overcoated By Min-MaxMin-MaxMin-Max
Bilgekote16 hours-12 hours-8 hours-
Info & Guides

Bilgekote Bilge Paint features are:

  • High opacity for excellent covering power
  • Hard wearing
  • Available in gray and white, in quarts and gallons

APPLICATION AND USE

Preparation

BARE FIBERGLASS: In Good Condition Begin by scrubbing well using soap and water and a stiff brush. Rinse with fresh water and allow to dry. Degrease by wiping with a rag soaked in Fiberglass Solvent Wash 202. Sand with 180 grade (grit) paper. Remove sanding residue. In Poor Condition Clean as above. Sand with 80 grade (grit) paper. Apply Interlux Pre-Kote Primer INT-4279Q.

BARE WOOD: Sand surface, wipe clean. Apply White Undercoater Pre-Kote 4279. Sand surface, wipe clean.

BARE METAL: Sandblast or grind, remove sanding residue. Immediately apply Viny-Lux Primewash 353/354 thinned 25% with Viny-Lux Solvent 355. Allow to dry for 1-24 hours. Apply one coat of Epoxy Barrier-Kote 404/414.

CLEAR EPOXY: Begin by scrubbing well using soap and water and a stiff brush. Rinse with fresh water and allow to dry. Degrease by wiping with a rag soaked in Fiberglass Solvent Wash 202. Sand with 80 grade (grit) paper. Remove sanding residue. Apply one coat of Epoxy Barrier-Kote 404/414.

PREVIOUSLY PAINTED SURFACES: The surface must be clean and dry. Sand using 180-220 grade (grit) paper. Remove sanding residue.

Method Apply 2-3 coats of Bilgekote following the proper dry times. Sand between coats using 220-320 grade (grit) paper. Remove sanding residue with a rag dampened with Brushing Liquid 333. Bilgekote may be applied by roller and brush using the roll and tip method.

Hints

Thinner Brush - Brushing Liquid 333. Spray - Special Thinner 216.

Thinning Thin if necessary with Brushing Liquid 333 to improve brushing characteristics. For spray application use Special Thinner 216. Thin no more than 10%.

Cleaner Bare Fiberglass - Fiberglass Solvent Wash 202. Epoxy - Fiberglass Solvent Wash 202.

Ventilation and Humidity Control It is best to paint on warm, dry mornings. Cold weather retards the drying and humidity can spoil the gloss.

Airless Spray Pressure: 170 bar/2500 psi. Tip Size: 0.33-0.41 mm/13-16 thou.

Conventional Spray Pressure Pot: Pressure: 3.44-4.47 bar/50-65 psi (gun pressure); 8-10 psi (pot pressure). Tip Size: 0.89-1.4 mm/35-50 thou. Siphon Cup: Pressure: 3.44-4.47 bar/50-65 psi - gun pressure. Tip Size: 1.5-1.8 mm/60-70 thou.

Other Spray pressures listed are recommendations only. The applicator may use any settings which yield the best results for the individual spraying technique and current weather conditions. Bilgekote is best applied in thin coats.

Some Important Points Do not apply heavy coats as this will affect dry through. Failure to follow proper dry times carefully will cause improper drying, wrinkling and loss of adhesion. Product temperature should be minimum 10 deg C/50 deg F and maximum 29 deg C/85 deg F. Ambient temperature should be minimum 10 deg C/50 deg F and maximum 35 deg C/95 deg F. Substrate temperature should be minimum 10 deg C/50 deg F and maximum 29 deg C/85 deg F.

Compatibility/Substrates Surface must be dry and clean, and free from grease, detaching paint etc. Be sure to use Epoxy Barrier-Kote 404/414 over clear epoxy to prevent blush from affecting drying and adhesion of Bilgekote.

Number of Coats 2-3 minimum

Coverage (Theoretical) - 300 (sq ft/Gal) by brush, 240 (sq ft/Gal) by spray

Recommended DFT 2.0 mils dry

Application Methods Brush, Roller, Airless Spray, Conventional Spray - Pressure Pot or Siphon Cup

Technical Information

  • Color YMA100*-Gray, YMA102*-White
  • Finish Semi-gloss
  • Specific Gravity 1.014
  • Volume Solids 44%
  • Typical Shelf Life 2 yrs
  • VOC (As Supplied) 480 g/lt
  • Unit Size 1 US Quart 1 US Gallon

TRANSPORTATION,STORAGE AND SAFETY INFORMATION

TRANSPORTATION: Bilgekote should be kept in securely closed containers during transport and storage.

STORAGE: Exposure to air and extremes of temperature should be avoided. For the full shelf life of Bilgekote to be realised ensure that between use the container is firmly closed and the temperature is between 5 deg C/40 deg F and 35 deg C/95 deg F. Keep out of direct sunlight.

DISPOSAL: Do not discard tins or pour paint into water courses, use the facilities provided. It is best to allow paints to harden before disposal. Remainders of Bilgekote cannot be disposed of through the municipal waste route or dumped without permit. Disposal of remainders must be arranged for in consultation with the authorities.

WARNING: Cancer - www.P65Warnings.ca.gov

Reviews for Interlux Bilgekote Bilge Paint

10 of 15 Reviews

November 9, 2020

Would buy again
By Tom from New york

Verified Purchase

Very nice product.

Bottom Line Yes, I would recommend to a friend

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November 6, 2020

Easy to apply, takes a few days to reach max hardness
By Eric from Northshore, MA

Verified Purchase

Have used this for painting the bilge on a few sailboats with hard to reach areas. It applies easily with a thin roller or brush, and its best to use a couple of thinner coats if possible. If you have to put on one heavy coat, it will still cure well, just takes longer. This paint adheres well to previously painted surfaces and epoxy, but good preparation is important. Even if all you can do is scuff with a course scotchbrite pad, it will be better than nothing. I have found that in 50-60 degree temperature, the paint takes a few days to really harden up, and will still scuff a day after application. The white paint will eventually turn off-white if exposed to diesel or oil for extended periods of time. One quart completed the bilge of a 26ft sailboat, and two for a 39ft.

Bottom Line Yes, I would recommend to a friend

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September 3, 2020

Great product
By Tim from West Tisbury, Ma

Verified Purchase

I have been using this for the inside of my plywood skiff for 15 years now and it's a great product. I have tried a few other paints over the years to save a buck or two but always end up going back to this. It goes on nice a smooth, dries fast, is tough as nails and holds up to the sun light better than anything else I have found.

Bottom Line Yes, I would recommend to a friend

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September 20, 2016

Works great with my entire fleet!
By Bills Boats from Seaside Heights NJ

After using this product on a new wooden boat in my rental boat fleet we were so impressed with its outcome we decided to paint our entire fleet's bilges. The end result will be less painting for us next year AND a better seal on the worn wooden floors of our boats. It even sealed and coated previously painted areas very well. The boats look great and are better able to stand up to daily summer use.

Bottom Line Yes, I would recommend to a friend

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May 9, 2016

A really superior paint!
By Bills Boats from Seaside Heights NJ

Very good paint with a nice result. Use a roller for best results and use a chip brush to get into tight corners.

BilgeKoted interior of a new wood boat.
BilgeKoted interior of a new wood boat.
Bottom Line Yes, I would recommend to a friend

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November 7, 2015

Interlux Bilgkote
By kensair from Oklahoma

Verified Purchase

Comments will have to wait until boat is used again to comment.

Bottom Line Yes, I would recommend to a friend

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May 22, 2013

Good Stuff
By Bob the Builder from Northern Indiana

Works well in two coats. Dries to a Hard Gloss shine and offers a durable hard as nails finish.

Bottom Line Yes, I would recommend to a friend

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April 7, 2013

Kiwigrip non-skid
By Rich from Costa Mesa, CA

Used kiwigrip as non-skid on the swimstep and it came out great. Very happy with the product and its ease of use. I scrubbed and pressure washed the old non-skid (which was LP/sand) and rolled the kiwigrip over the top. No problems with adhesion and it looks like new.

Finished swim step
Bottom Line Yes, I would recommend to a friend

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April 4, 2013

Interlux Bilgekote
By Gary from Chicago Il,

Used Bilgekote on the interior of my 1970 oday rhodes 19. Over the last 5 years I have I have recoated ir three times. Each time I only put one coat on. It needs multiple coats for coverage but it has held up well and is easy to clean with a sponge. I think this is a great product and will last for a very long time.

Bottom Line Yes, I would recommend to a friend

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October 9, 2012

interlux bilgekote
By takeoff29 from PA.

makes my 22 yr. old blackfin engine room / bilge look like new again and brittens the area up

Bottom Line Yes, I would recommend to a friend

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