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Interlux Pre-Kote Primer for One-Part Finishes, toplac primer, one part topside primer gallon
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Interlux Pre-Kote Primer for One-Part Finishes Customer Questions and Answers

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Can I use this primer over a two part epoxy ? I plan to use a brightside topside finish.

Asked on 11/14/2011 by Vince P Roberts

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Hi Vince, I used the Pre-Kote on top of new Mas 2 part Epoxy on a new 24' plywood hull and cabin exterior and had no issues. Just follow the can label for surface prep. I rolled it on with foam rollers and then tipped it off with dry brush to smooth it out. think I used 2 coats as it did fill nicely. I sanded and put 2 coats of Interlux single part urethane topside on top of that. It has been in Lake Michigan all summer and still looks great after 2years. No I don't work for Interlux! Eric J

Answered on 11/15/2011 by ERIC JOHNSON
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Has worked ok when Epoxy is well sanded. Spots that miss sanding will peel and craze. I always think - stay with whatever's on there but sometimes you have to make a change- thorough preparation is the key.

Answered on 11/16/2011 by MARINE TECH.DEPT ATTENTION: BRENDAN MALO

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I would expect you can apply over epoxy, but I would call Interlux customer support (they are very available, no call back normally) and ask what sand paper to use prior to application and cleaning solvent to use. I had trouble with the enamel crinkling and they provided me info on a stronger cleaning solvent before paint.

Answered on 11/16/2011 by MORRIS BEAVERS

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PreKote does not go thick and is not a high build epoxy primer. If you are going over epoxy you should use either epoxy prime coat or inter protect 2000. These will allow you to use either Brightside or Perfection for the topcoat. This is a response from the Interlux team.

Answered on 10/10/2014 by melanie curley

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While you could probably be successful with the Pre-Kote in this application with very careful prep of the substrate, Primecote is really the proper primer to use here. This will guarantee you a much better and long lasting finish with either Brightside or Perfection finish on it.

Answered on 11/14/2011 by JOHN OWENS

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I am no expert but I do know it is compatible. Prekote is a high build primer and goes on thick. It is suppose to be sanded to a translusent finish before applying the final paint. Part of its formula is to make it easy to sand and use it to fill small imperfections with several coats and sanding in between each until it is almost off. That extra sanding seams like a lot of work if your painting a large area. As long as the surface is smooth I would look for another primer.

Answered on 11/14/2011 by WALTER MCCLAIN

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Hey Vince, I used 2-part epoxy and fiberglass cloth on the hull of my 1955 wooden runabout. I then used Interlux Pre-Kote Primer. I then used Interlux Brightside paint to finish the hull. The (gray) primer went on smoothly with a brush. Very light sanding made for a very smooth (green) finish coat. Depending on temperatures where you are, make sure you've allowed plenty of drying/curing time for your 2-part epoxy work before sanding and applying the Interlux product. I was very happy with the results. Good luck with your project! Greg H.

Answered on 11/14/2011 by GREGORY HOFFMAN
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is this the best paint for s steel door ?

Asked on 09/11/2011 by Undisclosed

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Sorry, but I used it on a plywood boat hull so I can't answer the question. The overall hull paint job was excellent.

Answered on 09/12/2011 by ROBERT ATKINSON
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I would not recommend pre-kote primer to bare steel with out a zinc chromate primer first.

Answered on 09/15/2011 by MIKE YELVERTON

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Yes. I've used this primer on the fiberglass topsides of my boat and for priming my garage door. In both cases I followed up with Top Lac for the surface coat. In fact I'm painting the fiberglass thwarts on my racing dinghy today and plan to use a small dose of Penetrol in the primer as well as the top coat to reduce surface tension and help eliminate brush marks.

Answered on 09/13/2011 by ROWELL GREENE

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This is the best primer for a steel door. Use pre-kote first then follow with at least 2 coats of an interlux brightsides polyurethane. This paint will last longer, easier to work with, and last longer than any other paint you get from a home improvement store. Follow the directions, use interlux 333 brushing liquid to thin, and thin only enough needed to flow out brush marks for the temperature you are working at. Terry, Anchor Marine Ltd Erie, PA

Answered on 09/13/2011 by JAMES MANGES

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We build wooden boats. bright side works very well for us We usually lightly fiberglass the area to be painted. I have had success panting over bare wood. I have never used this paint on any kind of metal. So my answer is I don't know! Howard Spruit

Answered on 09/12/2011 by HOWARD SPRUIT

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This is a high fill UNDERCOAT product. You use it to build up imperfections for a smoother finish. I used this on fiberglass and wood but never on metal. I am sure there are better primers that will grab tight to the metal and allow the final paint a good adhesion surface too.

Answered on 09/12/2011 by WALTER MCCLAIN
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Is this the correct primer to use on metal surfaces that are rusted (engine stringers on my boat)?

Asked on 02/12/2015 by Chas Graf

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After I purchased Interlux Pre-Kote Primer to prep a steel houseboat for painting, a local marine parts store employee informed me this primer is intended only for fiberglass or wood applications. He recommended that I contact a local auto paint store where I found excellent primers and paints for metal surfaces. I painted the entire houseboat last year (aluminum siding and steel railings and rub rails). The boat still looks like the day I painted it.

Answered on 02/12/2015 by DENNIS ROBINSON
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I have only used this primer on wood surfaces, and it has excellent adhesion and durability.

Answered on 02/14/2015 by BARRY LOCKE

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Hi Chas, I would not recommend using this primer on metal. It is specifically designed to be used on Fiberglass and wood.

Answered on 02/12/2015 by CHRISTOPHER STEPHENS

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IT would work, but painting over rust doesn't stop the problem. I would use a product that stops/kills rust as a primer

Answered on 02/15/2015 by GARRETT REGNER

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Quite frankly my use was strictly on Fiberglass. Rusted metal is totally different. This primer worked fine in my case, but I cannot judge it's effectiveness on rust. sorry Henry K

Answered on 02/12/2015 by HENRY KNEE
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What grade of sandpaper should be used to rub this primer down with before topcoating?

Asked on 10/23/2013 by morton caplan

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120 or 180

Answered on 10/23/2013 by MAX TRINGALE
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I used either 180 or 220 depending on how thick the second coat of primer was. 220 seems to work fine and create a good bond with the topcoat.

Answered on 10/24/2013 by DAN MCCORMACK

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read the label!

Answered on 10/23/2013 by HOWARD SPRUIT

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I generally use 220 grade to get ready for finish coats. I usually hand sand with one of the 3-M foam sanding blocks and wrap the sand paper around it

Answered on 10/23/2013 by RICHARD DE BOER

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Typically I use 180 or 220 grit. But if it was applied to a wood on which the grain was lifted by the primer, a coarser grit will be necessary..

Answered on 10/23/2013 by WAYNE PERRA
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I have interlux perfection on fiberglass that has been sanded down to dull.Can I spray over this with prekote one part and then spray interlux single stage over it? Or do I need to sand off all the old paint completely?Thanks for your help.Marc

Asked on 01/25/2013 by Marc Stann

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I have used pre-kote primer on three boats, all of them wood hulls. I sand the existing paint until it is dull then use pre-kote, sand it lightly then apply the finsh coat. I have never sanded all the existing paint off. It seems like a waste of time to me.

Answered on 01/26/2013 by ROBERT CHAYER
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Marc, in nearly all cases you can use 1 part primer/paints over 2 part finishes. Going the other way (2 part over 1 part) is generally looking for trouble due to the solvents in the 2 part. Just be certain the old finish is sanded to at least 150 and wiped down well. Hope this helps, Todd

Answered on 01/25/2013 by TODD PARMINGTON

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I'm not sure. I think I would call Interlux and ask one of their techs. If the surface is already painted, you can't use the 2 part products over it. I'm guessing it has to be sanded completely BUT-- These paints are too expensive not to ask the techs at Interlux and too time consuming not to be sure it's done right. I've called them before and they are very helpful. Good Luck, Don

Answered on 01/26/2013 by DONALD E JARDON

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The interlux people helped me during my project long ago. I didn't spray,just used rollers for the pre-kote and brightside yellow paint. I remember they said to use a layer of pre-kote, and then a half & half, then two coats of paint was best for my application. I haven't needed to repaint,since I keep the boat in the garage.

Answered on 01/25/2013 by MATTHEW DANZIGER BRIM ELECTRONICS

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Marc, I used it over new fiberglass for two projects. Brushed on, not sprayed. Worked great. Jim

Answered on 01/25/2013 by JAMES SALISBURY
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what is a good primer to put down on deck before useing kiwi non skid ?

Asked on 05/28/2012 by jeffrey fackett

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I've used Pre Kote with Polyurethane paints and Top-Lac. I mix small amounts 2/3 primer or paint 1/3 Penetrol. If the mixture still look too thick I add more Penetrol. Penetrol reduces the surface tension of the primer or paint, so it flows out and stays smooth. Thick primer will retain brush marks which are then difficult to sand smooth. Brush marks in the primer will strike through the top coat.

Answered on 05/30/2012 by ROWELL GREENE
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I have used Pre-Kote for years on my wood boat it is easy to use and makes a good base for the one part Polyurethane and 333 brushing thiner

Answered on 05/30/2012 by GEORGE ANGELIS

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Pre-Kote primer is great to use for one part paints but I dont know about kiwi non skid.

Answered on 05/29/2012 by JOHN BYRNES

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In order to answer that question I would have to know what "KIWI" nonskid is. I suggest that you contact Interlux and Kiwi. Howard

Answered on 05/29/2012 by HOWARD SPRUIT

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Sorry Jeffrey, I have not used this primer. I bought it, but exchanged it for a two-part primer for use on a boat hull. good luck with your project.

Answered on 05/29/2012 by TIM HUNTER
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When tipping is the brush wet?

Asked on 07/27/2016 by Ronald Vinson

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No it is not wet. I did an area 4 x 9 feet with a roller and then using a dry brush I did tipping by pulling the dry brush down in full strokes from top of work to bottom. I continued to do this rapidly and slightly overlaying strokes till the full 4 x 9 area was fully done.

Answered on 07/28/2016 by LEVI MIZE
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If it is not, it will drag too much paint. How wet? Depends on how well you have prepped the surface and the humidity. Just one of those procedures you have to try to get it right.

Answered on 07/27/2016 by ROBERT CHAYER

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Yes, And I have a clean rag with solvent to help keep the paint flowing when it starts to "drag"

Answered on 07/27/2016 by James Large

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I kept my foam tipping brush dry. Just used it for getting the bubbles out. Finish can out great

Answered on 07/27/2016 by RICHARD COLLINS
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Should I use Pre Kote before Bottom Paint? The boat is a 1971 Catalina 22 with a fiberglass swing keel

Asked on 07/16/2016 by ROBERT HEINZ

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No

Answered on 07/16/2016 by GUY JOHNSON
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Pre Kote is great if the surface is oxidized. Remove the oxidized layer with a light sand and wash. I used acetone to prep the surface just prior to painting. For the bottom I then used Interlux bottom primer followed by antifouler

Answered on 07/16/2016 by FRANK SYMS

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I'm not qualified to answer that for your application but I will say that the product worked well for me along with Jamestown Dist. Recommendations.

Answered on 07/17/2016 by Jim Fitz

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when painting good preparation will insure a better job a prime coat is necessary for the paint to have good adhesion and help your job last longer.

Answered on 07/18/2016 by MANUEL ABRAHAM
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I'm building a 10 foot hydroplane using marine grade plywood. I have used thee coats of pre-kote on bottom, wet-sanding with 220. I rolled first two coats with tipping. I sprayed final coat. How smooth should it be before I use the enamel? The sprayed, final coat isn't smooth, yet, but smoother than any previous coat. I'm concerned that the ensuing enamel coats won't be smooth. I don't want to over sand the per coat to get is perfectly smooth. It's my fist time and I'm nervous about proceeding. Help!

Asked on 08/30/2014 by SK Johnson

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Pre-Kote should be sanded to a translucent finish. This applies to all of the coats of pre-kote that are applied. It will act as a filler filling in small imperfections in the surface. It must be sanded to the translucent finish to get a nice smooth finish in the top coats of the finish paint.

Answered on 10/15/2014 by JIM RUWALDT
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The marine plywood that I used was coated with an epoxy resin and fiberglass cloth, which gave it a smoother base to paint. I sprayed each coat with sanding between coats. Enamel will show any roughness under it. I would try sanding lightly with 220 and then again with 400-600 wet sanding before applying enamel. Practice on a small piece of the same plywood for best results.

Answered on 08/31/2014 by HENRY KNEE

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Pre -coat should be sanded untill it is translucent per the manufacturers instructions. The enamel top coat will accentate any roughness in the undercoat. Do not apply the top coat untill you are satisfied with the surface, it will not improve the appearance. You may need to start over with a coarse grit, say 120, to get the surface level before proceeding to finer grits to remove any scratches.

Answered on 08/31/2014 by DAVID KRICHTEN

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I am not a Painter so am the wrong person to ask

Answered on 08/30/2014 by HOWARD SPRUIT
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How much primer and topside paint should I purchase to paint my O'DAY 20FT sailboat?

Asked on 06/09/2014 by Nuno Figueiral

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My boat, lapstrake, is 16 feet. I'd say a quart could do it. I always seem to have some of the quart left over.

Answered on 07/02/2014 by DAVID FLANDERS
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Read the can.

Answered on 06/09/2014 by HOWARD SPRUIT

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thanks for the response. What product would you recommend and how much would I need to order a quart or gallon?

Answered on 06/09/2014 by Nuno Figueiral

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I doubt that you really want Pre-Kote primer on a fiberglass boat. I think Pre-Kote is for bare wood, and I also think that Brightside is fine to apply directly on prepared fiberglass. That means sanding or etching the gelcoat. In damaged/repaired areas you might want some sort of primer but I think not Pre-Kote. Where primer isn't necessary, best not to use it. Even where it is appropriate, it should be sanded almost off: to translucency.

Answered on 06/09/2014 by mason smith
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