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Product Details

Interlux Pre-Kote primer is used above the waterline prior to painting topsides with Brightside polyurethane, Toplac, yacht enamels, or any one part topside finish on wood, fiberglass, and previously painted surfaces.

Pre-kote contains microspheres for superior build and hide. Microspheres also make it easier to sand.

This primer requires thinner INT-0333 (for brushing) or INT-0216 (for spraying).

Available in Gray or White.

Tech Specs
Drying Information 50 Degrees F73 Degrees F95 Degrees F
Touch Dry 3 hours2 hours1 hour
Overcoating Information min - max timemin - max timemin - max time
Brightside12 hours-8 hours-6 hours-
Pre-Kote12 hours-8 hours-6 hours-
Toplca12 hours-8 hours-6 hours-
Info & Guides
APPLICATION AND USE

Preparation:
PREVIOUSLY PAINTED SURFACES: Sand old surfaces with 120 grade (grit) paper. Remove sanding residue. Wipe with Brushing Liquid 333. Repair surface defects with Surfacing Putty 257. Sand surface, wipe clean.

BARE WOOD: Sand with 80 grade (grit) paper. Wipe with Brushing Liquid 333. Repair surface defects with Surfacing Putty 257. PLYWOOD: Follow directions for bare wood. Apply Inter-Prime Wood Sealer Clear 1026. MAHOGANY Follow directions for bare wood. Apply Pre-Kote directly to the wood.

BARE FIBERGLASS: Wipe a small area with a clean rag that has been wetted with Fiberglass Solvent Wash 202. While the surface is still wet, wipe with a clean, dry rag. Continue this process until the entire surface has been cleaned. Sand with 80 grade (grit) paper. Wipe with Fiberglass Solvent Wash 202. Repair surface defects with Interfill Epoxy Filler. Sand surface, wipe clean.

Method: Apply 1-2 coats. Depending on surface condition. Allow the necessary overcoating time between applications. Sand between primer coats with 120 grade (grit) paper until translucent. Remove sanding residue with a rag dampened with Brushing Liquid 333. Apply finish coats. Sand with 220 grade (grit) paper between Pre-Kote and finish enamel.

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

Cleaner Painted Surfaces - Brushing Liquid 333. Bare Wood - Brushing Liquid 333. Bare Fiberglass - Fiberglass Solvent Wash 202.

Ventilation and Humidity Control: It is best to paint on warm, dry mornings.

Airless Spray Pressure: 170-204 bar/2500-3000 psi. Tip Size: 0.48-0.53 mm/19-21 thou.

Conventional Spray Pressure Pot: Pressure: 3.44-4.08 bar/50-60 psi (gun pressure). Pot pressure (6 ft hose) 8-10 psi. 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: 1.8-2.2 mm/70-85 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. It is always good painting practice to apply the finish enamel soon after sanding to avoid surface contamination. Always apply at least one coat of Pre-Kote over area treated with Surfacing Putty 257 to seal the putty and eliminate shadows.

Some Important Points: Pre-Kote is a high solids primer. Avoid a heavy application as this may lead to solvent entrapment. Product temperature should be minimum 10 degrees C/50 degrees F and maximum 29 degrees C/85 degrees F. Ambient temperature should be minimum 10 degreeas C/50 degrees F and maximum 35 degrees C/95 degrees F. Substrate temperature should be minimum 10 degrees C/50 degrees F and maximum 29 degrees C/85 degrees F.

Compatibility/Substrates: Apply to clean, dry, properly prepared surfaces only. Do not apply over clear epoxy such as Epiglass Epoxy.

Number of Coats: 1-2 as needed

Coverage: (Theoretical) - 450 (sq ft/Gal) by brush, 360 (sq ft/Gal) by spray

Recommended DFT: 2.0 mils dry
Recommended WFT: 3.5 mils wet

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

Technical Information

  • Finish: Matte
  • Specific Gravity: 1.397
  • Volume Solids: 61%
  • Typical Shelf Life: 2 yrs
  • VOC (As Supplied): 330 g/lt
  • Unit Size: 1 US QUART, 1 US GALLON
  • Number of Coats: 1-2 as needed
  • Coverage (Theoretical) - 450
  • Area Above the waterline
  • Apply with: Brush, roller, or conventional spray

TRANSPORTATION,STORAGE AND SAFETY INFORMATION

TRANSPORTATION: Pre-Kote 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 Pre-Kote to be realised ensure that between use the container is firmly closed and the temperature is between 5 degrees C/40 degrees and 35 degrees C/95 degrees 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 Pre-Kote 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.

GENERAL: Read the label safety section for Health and Safety Information, also available from our Technical Help Line.

WARNING: Cancer - www.P65Warnings.ca.gov

Reviews for Interlux Pre-Kote Primer for One-Part Finishes

10 of 27 Reviews

October 13, 2020

Outstanding Product
By Wooden Boat Owner from Manchester, Massachusetts

I'm not sure just what is upsetting the complainers here, as this is the best primer I have ever used. Excellent coverage and hiding, fills open grain, dries relatively quickly, sands beautifully. It's also great for outdoor trim applications, and clearly superior to most of the stuff that is sold in the paint stores as primer. Some of those products are too thin and runny, while others are a total bear to sand. I use this for everything, and it has never let me down.

Bottom Line Yes, I would recommend to a friend

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May 11, 2020

I am very pleased with how it worked
By Mike's first boat from Northbridge MA

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I liked the simplicity of a one part undercoat. I used it on the boat interior, which already had two coats epoxy. I had a question about using it on epoxied wood the Interlux tech rep was very helpful. Then I painted two coats Wet Edge Cold Cure. I am vary happy with the end result

Bottom Line Yes, I would recommend to a friend

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April 14, 2020

Use Anything But This!
By Frustrated Painter from Gulf of Mexico

I have years of experience in the marine industry. I started working in a boat yard 20 years ago and since then have worked on clients, friends, family, and my personal boats. I also have 15 years of commercial blue water experience sailing onboard ships in positions from Ordinary Seaman all the way to Unlimited Master. I have used many Interlux products along with many other manufactures products both in the recreational and commercial marine industries. Out of all the primers I have ever used this is the WORST primer. I tried thick, thin, roll and tip, etc. and no matter how the primer was applied or no matter how long it was allowed to dry I always ended up with horrible results. Ultimately the only way I was able to properly sand this product for top coating with Interlux Brightside was by wet sanding. I have three different Festool sanders along with the respective dust collector and Festool abrasives, none of them were able to sand this primer for anything longer than a few seconds before loading up. I was eventually able to get mediocre results by hand wet sanding with 220 grit wet/dry abrasive. I will NEVER use this product again. I will start trying different 1 part polys and their respective primer even though Brightside has been my go to topcoat for a easy and durable 1 part poly.

Bottom Line No, I would not recommend to a friend

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October 7, 2019

This is a great primer
By JD from Minnesota

Verified Purchase

I used Pre-Kote on my deck of a fiberglass boat. It goes on very easy and has excellent coverage. It was just the product I was hoping for.

Bottom Line Yes, I would recommend to a friend

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June 14, 2019

Yep
By Ed Branco from Oakdale California

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Product applies and covers great

Bottom Line Yes, I would recommend to a friend

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May 30, 2019

Works Well
By MacDuff from VA

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Used it for years with great results.

Bottom Line Yes, I would recommend to a friend

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February 9, 2019

Pre Kote
By Bob from NC

Verified Purchase

Good product. Price is right, easy to apply and dries quickly enough that runs don't occur. Also easy to sand to a smooth finish and it fills a lot of the small divots that occur in your previous epoxy layers

Bottom Line Yes, I would recommend to a friend

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December 31, 2018

The basis for a great finish
By Peter, the Shellback guy from Dexter, NY

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Two or three coats of Pre Coat sanded well gives a great base for a fabulous Brightside finish. Thin the Brightside with a capful of 333 thinner to enhance flow in warmer weather.

Bottom Line Yes, I would recommend to a friend

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August 27, 2018

Great Prpsuct
By Tiwanicki from Avalon NJ

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Great product at a great price and fast shipping AAA +++

Bottom Line Yes, I would recommend to a friend

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June 1, 2017

Great base coat
By Bashermax from South Georgia

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Sand well prior to application with 120. Then with 220-320 to smooth out and reduce scratches. Wipe surface with acetone and follow with a cloth dampened with 333 brushing fluid (if rolling/ brushing). Build coats, sanding between. I added some of my finish coat (Blu-glow White) to last coat to promote adhesion to the primer for the finish coats)

Bottom Line Yes, I would recommend to a friend

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