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Product Details

TotalBoat JD Select is a single-season, water-based ablative antifouling bottom paint that provides incredible results for a very low cost. It is low in VOCs and has no harsh fumes, making it ideal for marinas under environmental restrictions. It's also very easy to apply and cleans up easily with just soap and water.

JD Select can be brushed, rolled, or sprayed then burnished for a smooth, fuel-efficient finish. With the exception of VC17, JD Select can be applied over aged antifouling coats without fear of lifting.

Our most popular bottom paint! Available in Quart & Gallon sizes, in Black, Blue, Green and Red.

Buy a Gallon and receive a free roller & metal tray kit, paint suit, maroon abrasive pad, 1 roll of painter's masking tape, and two 10"wooden stir sticks.

Buy a Quart and get an abrasive pad, and 2 10" wooden stir sticks.

Tech Specs
Thinning/Cleanup Water
Surface Prep Wipe - Bare Wood and Previously Painted Surfaces TotalBoat Special Brushing Thinner 100
Surface Prep Wipe - Bare Fiberglass TotalBoat Dewaxer & Surface Prep
Surface Prep Wipe - Bare Steel TotalBoat Dewaxer & Surface Prep
Primer - Fiberglass and Steel Only TotalBoat TotalProtect Epoxy Barrier Coat Primer (do not use on aluminum)
Technical Specifications
Application Method Brush, roll (we recommend a 3/16" nap or foam solvent-safe roller cover, or spray (airless or conventional).
Application Temperature 50-90°F; 0-90% humidity
Number of Coats 1-2
Film Thickness per Coat 1.5 mils dry (3.75 mils wet)
Dry Time to Overcoat 1.5 hours @ 90°F, 3 hours @ 70°F, 6 hours @ 50°F
Dry Time to Launch 6 hours @ 90°F, 10 hours @ 70°F, 16 hours @ 50°F
Recommended Roller 3/16'' nap or foam solvent-safe roller cover
Finish Flat
Coverage Approximately 500 sq. ft. per gallon
Cuprous Oxide 25%
Launch Window There is no maximum dry time before launching
Info & Guides

Paint Survey Comments

We surveyed customers who painted their boats with JD Select because we wanted to compare our in-house test results with our customers' experiences. Overwhelmingly, customers said they would use it again and recommend this paint to a friend. Here are some actual survey comments:

  • "Application was odorless and easy, clean up as easy as possible."

  • "Easy application & great cleanup"

  • "I liked the easy clean up with water"

  • "I was amazed to see absolutely no growth on the bottom, and the paint held up wonderfully. It looks almost as good after a power wash as it did the day it went on!"

  • "Terrific value. I am very pleased with the performance. Thanks"

  • "There was a strong bloom of mussels that affected everyone, and I felt that the JD paint did as well as any. I think it is a great deal, and I love it being water-based."

  • "Ran out of old paint and used yours to finish keel & rudder. One coat only, covered with excellent results"

  • "The ease of application was excellent. the paint did not settle out in the can so I didn't have to spend any time stirring it ahead of time"

Technical Information

JD Select Features

  • Easy to apply - Can be applied over ablative or hard bottom paints.
  • Low-VOC, water-based paint. Cleans up easily with water.
  • Provides excellent single-season antifouling protection.
  • For use on properly prepared fiberglass, wood, steel, iron, and previously painted surfaces in good condition.
  • No harsh fumes makes it ideal for year-round, indoor application.
  • Can be burnished for a smoother, faster, more fuel-efficient surface.
  • Approved for salt and fresh water applications.
  • Coverage is approximately 500 sq. ft. per gallon

Reviews for TotalBoat JD Select Ablative Bottom Paint

10 of 141 Reviews

October 16, 2021

probably no in quart size.
By Jed from Maryland

Verified Purchase

I purchased two quarts of the blue bottom paint. after exhausting the first quart, we opened the second of can, and discovered it did not dry to the same color as the first. perhaps we should have mixed the two cans together before application, thus an even color. this insight should be shared with future purchasers of this product.


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June 19, 2021

formula change
By keykev from Shelton, ct.

color did in fact go from dark green to grass green. also definitely does not cover as well, very thin. I used it for 3 seasons but cannot anymore. ingredients have changed comparing last years can to this year.

Bottom Line No, I would not recommend to a friend

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June 10, 2021

Easy to use. Will it work as well?
By Danny O'day from Fairhaven, MA

Verified Purchase

Easy to apply. We'll see how it performs when the boat is hauled in the fall. (Maybe it deserves five stars...) Including the painting kit was a fabulous idea. JD customer service is tops!

Bottom Line Yes, I would recommend to a friend

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May 14, 2021

Great product
By Rage from Youngstown ohio

Verified Purchase

This product was amazing and they sent the product with the roller pan tape and tyvex suit that I was not expecting for free. It rolled on great and dried just as fast as I could roll it on so there was really no wait time in between coats. I put four coats of paint on my 24' boat in 8 hours. Overall great product.

Bottom Line Yes, I would recommend to a friend

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May 10, 2021

Color change from 2020
By Choc from Ohio

Verified Purchase

Color went from dark green to grass green


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May 6, 2021

Yes, I will buy this again.
By DTM from Spokane, Wa

Verified Purchase

Needed an ablative for my 75 Ranger 20. This went on over old ablative and covered very well . Two coats looks awesome. Price was very competative.Thanks.

Beautiful bottom!
Bottom Line Yes, I would recommend to a friend

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May 2, 2021

Look like a pro!
By Eric from Maine

Verified Purchase

Thanks to JD's extensive experience and knowledge about their products, even a novice can achieve fantastic results.

Dumpling
Bottom Line Yes, I would recommend to a friend

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May 2, 2021

Look like a pro!
By Eric from Maine

Verified Purchase

Thanks to JD's collective experience and extensive knowledge about their products help even a novice achieve fantastic results.

Dumpling
Bottom Line Yes, I would recommend to a friend

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April 21, 2021

Have used it every spring for 10 years
By Harry from Wicford, RI

Verified Purchase

Works well, doesn't build up, does what it's supposed to.

Bottom Line Yes, I would recommend to a friend

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April 18, 2021

Great product
By A Dub from Pennsville NJ

Verified Purchase

I've been using JD select bottom paint for three years now... what's not to like...easy application...works as expected...easy to order...

Bottom Line Yes, I would recommend to a friend

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