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TotalBoat Topside Primer Customer Questions and Answers

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Is a quart enough to prime the interior of a 13' whaler?

Asked on 04/27/2018 by gary from Michigan

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Yes you will have plenty of primer in one quart. One thorough, very thin coat will do wonders. DO NOT try and build this product for full hide to white or gray out what is underneath, and DO NOT apply thick coats. It does wonderful as a thin tie coat primer, giving incredible adhesion for the topcoat paint of your choice.

Answered on 06/07/2018 by JD Tech Associate
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My guess would be "no". it may be close to enough, but would not be good to run out with 6 sq ft to go!

Answered on 04/27/2018 by doug

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Yes but use more reducer than recommended to achieve smooth finish

Answered on 04/27/2018 by g_p_peterson

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1 Quart should be enough.

Answered on 04/27/2018 by poncho1958

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It would be close, but I doubt it.

Answered on 04/27/2018 by franklawler

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The only way to know for sure would be to estimate the square footage and compare that to what the coverage stated on the product. But from my experience using this primer it goes a long way so I would assume so

Answered on 04/27/2018 by hemech01

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I used one-half a quart to prime a swim platform 9 ft x 2.5 ft. (22.5 sq. ft)

Answered on 04/27/2018 by paulviau

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In order to comment on coverage I would need to more about the dimension of the surfaces to be painted. My boat is 20 feet long. The basic deck floor is about 10 by 8, and the sides go up about two feet. One quart was enough.

Answered on 04/27/2018 by thomaspuklin

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Practical coverage is listed as 400sq ft/gallon, so if you can achieve fairly uniform coverage, one quart might suffice. (I don't know the hull measurements for the boat). Jim

Answered on 04/27/2018 by jrlove
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Do you have to sand this primer before you paint with top side paint?

Asked on 11/06/2015 by Chris Hulett

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Aside from sanding and insuring the surface is clean, nothing more.

Answered on 11/06/2015 by Rick White
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I rolled, I did not thin. Temperatures were marginal, probably around 60.

Answered on 11/06/2015 by JERRY JONES

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Did you spray or roll and did you thin the product?

Answered on 11/06/2015 by Chris Hulett

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Thanks Rick , I also washed the boat with a bleach water and rinsed it with clean water, what else should I do for prep before primer?

Answered on 11/06/2015 by Chris Hulett

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Yes, always best to do a light sanding with 220 grit to insure the surface is smooth prior to a topcoat. Be sure to apply thin coats 1 to 2 mils dry thickness. If it is too thick, it will not dry properly.

Answered on 11/06/2015 by Rick White

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Definitely in my case. And very difficult. The primer is extremely hard. In retrospect I would have just painted over the repaired and prepared glass.

Answered on 11/06/2015 by JERRY JONES

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no, and it has held up to sun and water for 2 years all summer exposed.

Answered on 11/06/2015 by DAVID PALAZZOLI
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Since I'm using a darker Topside finish coat, Can the white primer be tinted?

Asked on 04/28/2015 by John Leontovich

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I do.

Answered on 04/28/2015 by JUDITH LYNN MEISSEN
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Thanks, Dennis. I originally wanted the Gray, but was unavailable at the time. Since I'm using a Jade Green topcoat, even light sanding between finish coats brought out the bright white primer.If I can have the primer tinted green, I would have a better chance with the finished product.

Answered on 04/28/2015 by John Leontovich

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Yes the primer can be tinted. we tint it all the time to match existing new or old paint colors

Answered on 04/29/2015 by JOHN DZIEDZIC

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Yes

Answered on 05/27/2015 by GEORGE CUMMINGS

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Thanks John, it was the answer I was hoping for!

Answered on 04/29/2015 by John Leontovich

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Why tint and do more work? Just get the gray primer. They have it in quart and gallon size.

Answered on 04/28/2015 by DENNIS MCCAIN
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Will this work over West Epoxy?

Asked on 05/29/2018 by Scott from MI

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Absolutely yes. You must prepare the surface properly though, by removing any amine blush from the West Systems, and sanding the epoxy smooth to 180- or 220-grit before applying.

Answered on 06/18/2018 by JD Tech Associate
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I used it over other epoxy, no problem. Be sure to wash the amine blush off West. It blushes more than some.

Answered on 05/29/2018 by paul.bargren

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Yes.

Answered on 05/29/2018 by philipbacon

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Yes... I used it on the toe rail on my 1946 custom Rhodes sloop and there was one very small section of epoxy. No problem. 2 coats of primer (put on thin) and two coats of Topkote gloss. Holding up very well...

Answered on 05/30/2018 by wpodell1

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The answer is yes but follow West's guidelines for prep before painting.

Answered on 05/30/2018 by kenroddenberry
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Can a 2 part epoxy paint be applied over this primer?

Asked on 04/30/2018 by James from WI

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Hi James, this product is designed to be compatible with 2-component paint systems, but we always recommend testing first. That being said, we would still recommend that you use an epoxy based primer to match the performance of your topcoat.

Answered on 06/07/2018 by JD Tech Associate
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Morning James! Yes this primer is fine under a 2 part paint. BUT, always check the paint brand recommendations. Awlgripe and some of the other fancy brands like you to use thier own primer. Mike

Answered on 04/30/2018 by kismarine

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The Jamestown Website indicates it may be overcoated with two-part polyurethanes, but no mention of two-part epoxies. JTD tech people ought to be able to answer your question. Good Luck, Bill

Answered on 04/30/2018 by wmkmacy3

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James, I would recommend using a two-part epoxy paint ONLY over a primer with the same chemistry, that is, two-part over two-part, unless compatibility is expressly stated by both the primer and the paint manufacturers.

Answered on 04/30/2018 by jayrandle
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can this primer be used over epoxy?

Asked on 01/11/2015 by Undisclosed

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That question might be better answered by the manufacturer. I used it over some areas of sanded Imron paint and my results were very good.

Answered on 01/11/2015 by WESLEY FITZ
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I only used it on wood

Answered on 01/12/2015 by JUDITH LYNN MEISSEN

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I used it over poli resin, but I can see no reson it can't be used over epoxy.

Answered on 01/11/2015 by CLARENCE NEW

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Yes, be sure to do a lite sand first with 120 + to get the best adhesion

Answered on 01/11/2015 by GARY DUNN
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How well will this work if I was to roll and tip awlgrip over this?

Asked on 09/08/2013 by Eddy Gonzalez

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I haven't used this as a primer under Awlgrip; you may want to check with Awlgrip regarding what they recommend for a primer coat. I can say, however, that I have been very pleased with this product. It is a durable, hard primer. It requires a little extra effort sanding (unlike a soft, high-build primer), but results in a very uniform base for a topcoat.

Answered on 09/09/2013 by Tim Lang
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Hi Eddy Just primered today so I can't really say. I suspect it will be good as the primer went on smooth, and its extremely hard already.. Hope this helps, I'm top coating later this week I can let you know.. Craig repirryatyahoo

Answered on 10/22/2013 by Craig Hansen

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Eddy Topcoated over the TotalBoat primer... Two days and paint isn't dry yet.. I ran out of this primer and used another leading brand on a portion of my boat, topcoat paint dried overnight. I will never used TotalBoat primer again..

Answered on 10/27/2013 by Craig Hansen

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I bought this primer, but haven't got as far as applying paint over it. I tried roll & tip with the primer, but it dried so fast, I couldn't tip it. So it became rolled on and I am now sanding it smooth. Good luck.

Answered on 09/08/2013 by JOHN MAYOTTE
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I am building a glued lapstrake boat and have applied epoxy over the entire okume surface. Which of your primers should I order and apply before I apply my topside paint? The epoxy is West 105 or System Three, not sure as I have used both. I'm ordering a gallon of your 5:1 Total Boat epoxy today to laminate in my seat cleats as my System Three is old and not setting up properly.

Asked on 06/13/2018 by Capn Dave from Fort Wayne, IN

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If you remove the blush from the epoxy and sand smooth, the 2-Part Epoxy Primer will give the best adhesion and help with finish fairing, but if you want easy, open-the-can-and-go primer, the TotalBoat Topside Primer should be applied very thin. This decision also depends on what you intend on painting it with in the end. Please do not hesitate to reach out to one of our paint techs at (800) 497-0010 if you have any more specific questions that we can help you with.

Answered on 06/25/2018 by JD Tech Associate
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Total Boat Topside Primer is a excellent product. It provided an excellent base layer for the 5:1 Total Boat epoxy used in the construction of the boat.

Answered on 06/13/2018 by steve.h.buck

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The epoxy itself is a good primer. If you still want to prime over the epoxy, the Total Boat topside or Total Protect 2 part are both excellent. If not then scuff up the epoxy first so the paint will adhere.

Answered on 06/13/2018 by mjc4924
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When putting this primer over gel coat do I need to sand first.

Asked on 03/30/2018 by Randall from Elsmere,Ky.

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Yes you need to sand before applying this under almost every circumstance to ensure good adhesion and a properly prepared surface to accept the primer. This primer is also more of a tie coat type primer, and should not be used as a fairing primer so the substrate should be very smooth and fair before applying.

Answered on 05/31/2018 by JD Tech Associate
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Yes. Always sand before priming or painting.

Answered on 03/30/2018 by davestovall

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I did not do that. So far so good, second season and it's doing well

Answered on 03/30/2018 by familia.grigoryevy
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Can this product be used to undercoat an old wooden deck?

Asked on 06/16/2014 by Undisclosed

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I have not used it on anything but my 26 foot mahagony boat. On a boat the goal is to encase the entire boat in a water and moisture resistant coverage. I am laying 3 coats of primer and 3 cover coats all total boat products. My concern with a deck would be coverage of the the sides of the planks. I do not know how the primer and paint would react if the wood were to get water soaked through the exposed sides after painting. I would call the jamestown distributors technical help line, I don't have a good answer.

Answered on 06/18/2014 by JIM BELBECK
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Yes, I have it on fiberglass cloth over plywood. Works well and covers well

Answered on 06/16/2014 by CLIFFORD SOWELL

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Absolutely you can use it to undercoat as in covering the old wood and making it look nice; or in preparation for painting. However, if by undercoating you mean you want to seal the wood against moisture, for that you would need a real sealer.

Answered on 06/22/2014 by PAUL KOCH
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