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Epifanes Monourethane One-Component Paint Customer Questions and Answers

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Do I have to use a primer before using Epifanes Monourethane topside paint if my paint is good on the boat?

Asked on 03/26/2012 by joe M

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I don,t think you need a primer if your surface is prepared properly--no scratshes, nicks or grease and wax. A primer would show all this up if there is a problem. I sanded my surface with 220 grit and applied the Epifanes with a 4" foam roller with 15 to 20% reducer for best results. Continue rolling each section repeatidly as you advance around the hull until the paint lies down smooth and flat. I did 3 coats in one day an hour or two apart, then sanded the next morning lightly with 320 grit and applied 2 final coats. Note: the Epifanies does not harden up as tough as gelcote or epoxy or two part urethane so be carefull around docks and bumpers and moorings.

Answered on 03/28/2012 by TED BOWSER
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Thanks Ted for the great info!!!!

Answered on 03/28/2012 by joe M

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No, as long as the existing topside paint is well adhered to the substrate you're good to go. Sand out to about 180-220 but no more to provide "tooth" for the new topcoat.

Answered on 03/27/2012 by PAUL SOBON

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Thanks Tom!!! But I did end up priming first. I didnt want to take a chance and it worked out beautiful!!!

Answered on 12/19/2012 by joe M

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Hi Joe, According to Epifanes I'd say go for it. Wash with water and soap, rinse and dry. Then, make a tooth with 220 grit using an orbital sander if you can. Roll it on thin and break the bubbles by lightly tipping with a brush. Allow ample time to dry and harden before a second coat. Epifanes is my favorite paint. -Bruce

Answered on 03/27/2012 by BRUCE KACHLINE

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As long as the paint on your boat is well applied and not a 2 part paint like Awlgrip, you can apply Epifanes Monourethane right over the old paint. Be sure to prep the surface by sanding and de-waxing with a proper solvent. You may want to fill any scratches and make sure the surface is good and smooth. Epifanes is an excellent paint with a fabulous gloss. That gloss will show every imperfection. If the paint is bare gelcoat or another paint, you may want to use a primer. Consult Epifanes or Jamestown directly for suggestions. I didn't need a primer on my project.

Answered on 03/27/2012 by KEVIN JOHNSON

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I used Epifanes one part paint on the inside of the cockpit combing. I used it over an existing paint. Sanded and fared with 220. Just last week I gave the combing cap a refresher coat of varnish and had to tape off the combing. I used 3M blue delicate tape, orange care. When I removed the tape some of the Epifanes peeled off. I did not use the primer. So it is back to the sanding PRIMING, then another coat of Epifanes TZ

Answered on 03/26/2012 by TOM ZETMAIER

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Bruce what is tooth?

Answered on 03/27/2012 by joe M

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Thanks Kevin!!! My paint is original 1986. gelcoat is gone but paint was good. no cracks or chips. I sanded completely and is nice and smooth. I think I going to prime just to be on the safe side!!! Thanks for the info. I am pretty excited about this paint I cant wait to see it complete!!!

Answered on 03/27/2012 by joe M

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I haven't tried it yet- but if paint is good, compatible, and preps, I'd try it.

Answered on 03/26/2012 by Rick Contestabile
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is this paint just for top side,can it be used below the water line my email adress is are would there be a easyer paint for a beginner?

Asked on 12/18/2011 by mike crain

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Ive used it below the waterline on a small boat that I dont leave in the water all the time and it seems to do fine. I like this paint. Its easy to use, looks good, and is reasonably durable

Answered on 12/20/2011 by MIKE BLAIR
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No, Epifanes varnishes are for above the waterline only. See their website. An easy paint for below the waterline depends on your application. in-water all season or dry sailed? Anti-fouling needed?etc...I would call Jamestown and ask for their advice. They are very knowledgable and helpful. Good Luck, Dave

Answered on 12/20/2011 by DAVID KEANE

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Epifanes Monourethane is a wonderful paint for topsides, easy to use, high gloss, very hard and wears well but not suited for below the waterline. The only kind of paint to use below the water line would be a good epoxy paint.

Answered on 12/20/2011 by JOE FRANETIC

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Hey Mike: I used this paint last year on my 17' runabout to cover the whole deck and the sides of the boat. I left the bottom of the boat unpainted but the sides that are under the water line stayed on no problem. This paint can be tough to work with as it starts to set really quickly but gives you an amazing finish that is very durable. I just went through my first season with it and I was amazed at its durability. I rolled it on and then tipped it out with a brush quickly to get a nice, glossy finish. Good luck.

Answered on 12/19/2011 by THOMAS KLEIN

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Mike, I wouldn't use it below the waterline on anyboat that would be kept in the water but maybe on a rowboat or boat that might be launched and retrieved regularly. It is meant for topsides only. Be sure to thin it slightly before use so it will flow on well. I am using it for interior paint now. Contact manufacturer for more information, they are very helpful. Barbara

Answered on 12/19/2011 by BARBARA OHLER

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It is not intended for below the waterline. It is very nice stuff. Easy to use and very self leveling. I actually sprayed it but I also brushed some parts and it was beautiful. I have also used Interlux Brightsides in the past and also found it to be very good. I think that the interlux got harder faster. It took a long time for the Epifanes to fully cure, but I'm splitting hairs here. I have also used the Interlux low end "marine enamel" and it handled very nicely as well. I know...too many choices! I don't think you can go wrong with any of these finishes.

Answered on 12/19/2011 by ATLAS PRESS

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We stripped a 16 ft fiberglass driftboat to the glass then used epoxy filler to smooth and sanded . One coat of primer and then 2 coats with the Epifanes (thinned with mineral spirits). The hull paint job still looks great after 2 years..... despite our inexperience in rowing western rivers. The boat is stored outside in CO. We did the job inside a warehouse so each coat dried properly in 2 days.

Answered on 12/19/2011 by DAVID CRESPO

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This paint is not for use below the water line. It is a fantastic paint for your topsides, it lays out perfect and has a wonderful shine. The monourethane will buff out nicely to increase the shine, but will deteriorate under water. Our Easterly 38 cruising sailboat got a complete makeover last year. I used this paint for the hull as well as the boot stripe at the water line. I brought my bottom paint (Interlux VC Offshore) to one inch above the water, then painted my boot stripe in white Epifanes. Where the water is constantly splashing onto the boot stripe, there have been a few places where it has peeled. Next time I might lift my "water line" a little more. Overall, this paint is awesome! For a trailer boat or something you splash daily, it might work fine. But for a boat that is always in the water, use real bottom paint.

Answered on 12/19/2011 by KEVIN JOHNSON

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I bought this as the bottom paint for a 17' wood sea kayak. It holds up well and has not been damaged much. I bought the best brush I could find, an oval , that worked wonders with the paint. Give it a try with a good brush, I think you will be pleasantly surprised.

Answered on 12/19/2011 by THOMAS DOWNS
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I am restoring a canoe that has a fiberglass exterior. I will patch a few small holes with epoxy/glass and then would like to paint it with a green paint. Is this Epifanes Monourethane paint appropriate for my project? If so, what is the approximate coverage?

Asked on 09/05/2013 by DERWIN BROWN

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This paint would be perfect for your canoe project. As for coverage, the manufacturer recommends 4 coats. I would imagine one quart (ML equiv) would do the trick. Be sure to use the Epifanes thinner. They are not selling it just to make more money. The stuff works great with the paint. Be sure to get the right thinner for either brush or spray. A good paint job is all in the prep work.

Answered on 09/05/2013 by KEVIN JOHNSON
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I have had good luck with this paint on an old wooden sailboat. Good coverage and good durability. Cannot say about your particular application but suspect it would work well.

Answered on 09/05/2013 by John Lunde

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It's good stuff. I sprayed it on a strip planked canoe that I built (recently features in Woodenboat Launchings). One or two quarts should do the job. Another good paint is Interlux Brightsides.

Answered on 09/05/2013 by ATLAS PRESS

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Derwin can understand, particularly with repairs. Good luck

Answered on 09/05/2013 by John Lunde

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Thanks for your quick reply. You painted a wood strip canoe? The ones I've seen are beautiful showing off the natural wood. My canoe is one my father built years ago and I am passing it on to my son. I'm thinking that this paint will leave a high-gloss finish (I would select the green color) and I would prefer a flat finish. Otherwise it sounds like the right paint for the job.

Answered on 09/05/2013 by DERWIN BROWN

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Thanks for your quick reply, John. I would prefer a flat finish to the paint and I think this may be too glossy for me.

Answered on 09/05/2013 by DERWIN BROWN
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It is suggested to wet sand and buff the paint. What do you recommend for sanding and the buffing?

Asked on 11/12/2013 by Joe Zang

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It depends on how much work the painted surface needs. My recent experience was outdoors with widely varying conditions, with lots of bugs & dust. After 24-hour drying time, it was very easy to wet-sand with 600 by hand, followed by a machine-applied medium polishing compound -- I used an inexpensive Turtle Wax for that step. Last step was a lambs-wool pad with 3M Finesse-It for a high-gloss mirror finish. If you worked up to 1000 or finer, the polishing & buffing steps will be easier.

Answered on 11/12/2013 by PAUL SOPER
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I have had good luck with wet/dry sand paper. Use water and add a little dish soap to it. Wash the soapy water off well. This paint is a little difficult to apply, and it takes a very long time to harden fully. Be patient with it. Once fully cured it offers excellent protection.

Answered on 11/12/2013 by SHANE BILLINGS

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Assuming this goes on a boat......I've used epiphanes mono urethane paint for years on my mahogany hull. I sand with 220 grit and a vacuum attachment then apply next coat. I don't buff. The boat looks great. I never heard of buffing good paint unless it's on a car or furniture. Good luck!

Answered on 11/12/2013 by BARBARA OHLER

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I just rolled and tipped each coat of monourethane, sanding with 180 between and got an excellent, almost amazingly glossy finish. I found that when painting the interior of my boat (Annapolis Wherry), I got the smoothest finish, and used fewer coats because gravity wasn't pulling the paint down off the surfaces. When painting the exterior I needed more coats because the paint tended pull away from sharp edges such as the outer edges of the strakes. It took 6 coats of yellow to finish the exterior,4 of cream to finish the interior.

Answered on 11/12/2013 by PETER LASK

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It's great paint but it stays relatively soft for a long time so it's not the best candidate for rubbing out. Interlux's Brightsides seems to dry harder so you might have better luck with that. Even with the Brightsides, give it 3 weeks to a month before you wet sand it. You didn't ask but I have had the best results wet sanding Z Spar (now Petit) Captains Varnish for the same reasons...it dries to a fairly hard film. Allan

Answered on 11/12/2013 by ATLAS PRESS
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Can I add non-skid to this paint? Can you recommend the best primer to use? I plan to use this paint for the entire hull of a 14ft skiff that I am building from plywood laminated with fiberglass and epoxy.

Asked on 03/12/2018 by rumdoctor from South Carolina

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Yes, you can add non-skid additives to this paint. Epifanes has a non-skid product that you can add, and all of the other paint brands have versions as well. Epifanes makes their Multi Marine Primer which is a one-part primer, but any epoxy-based surfacing primers should work as well.

Answered on 05/23/2018 by JD Tech Associate
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You can use non-skid additive but that is expensive paint for that. You would use a 1 part primer. I built last year a 12ft dinghy lap strake for a customer what i used for a non-skid paint was a good oil base porch paint that was designed for foot traffic. I have also used the same paint on a few Grandbanks and mixed in non-skid additive stirring well as I was applying it. It holds up very well to foot traffic and its readily available at anytime and can be tinted to what ever color you may want. Always keep the tint color chart with you so you can match it later down the road. At any rate good luck with your decision        Kind Regards, Greg Richmond   Sound Craftsmen Construction    

Answered on 03/12/2018 by soundcraftsmen

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I do not know if you can add non-skid to this product. However I see you are going to epoxy the boat prior to painting. I had questions about applying this pain to epoxy so I emailed the company and here is their reply: " Hello Sir, Thank you for contacting us.? Epifanes Mono-Urethane can be used as a coating over epoxy, but with some caveats, preparation and an appropriate primer.? The paint does not like bare epoxy as a substrate, though it can be applied directly over gelcoat that is in good condition. First of all, as you may know most epoxies produce amine blush when they cure.? Some are advertised as blush-free, but we feel it is always better to be safe than sorry and clean properly before sanding, assuming there is blush.? This is much easier than removing paint that will not dry later on.? In our experience it is best to let epoxy cure at least 7-10 days, usually two weeks, and then clean the surface with acetone, turning and changing rags frequently to prevent just moving the blush from place to place. After cleaning, sand with 220, and re-clean to remove sanding dust. With a clean epoxy surface you can then prime with Epifanes Multi Marine Primer; a single coat should be sufficient.? Once dry, sand and recoat with two or more coats of the Mono-Urethane. Please let me know if I can be of further assistance.

Answered on 03/12/2018 by temp

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This Is a good durable product. Easy to work with would suggest multiple coats depending on surface.

Answered on 03/13/2018 by kalatated
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I have a 27' tartan already dark green and i will be painting with Epifanes dark green. How many qts do you think I need?

Asked on 04/01/2013 by Undisclosed

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A 750ml can specs out at 160 sq ft. I thinned it 10% and used an inexpensive HVLP spray outfit for good results. I have a good memory, but it's short, so I don't remember how much I used on a 30 ft Catalina. I spray some CO2 into a can with unused paint and it keeps for six months. The CO2 comes in a spray from an office supply store. They use it to blast clean computers. Keep unused paint indoors in a temperature controlled environment. Give plenty of time for paint to dry. Up to a week here in Louisiana. |||| Bruce

Answered on 05/03/2013 by BRUCE KACHLINE
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Epifanes paint covers nicely. One coat should do it if you are a decent painter. Any light colored repairs will show through

Answered on 05/30/2013 by BRIAN QUIN

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I'd just try some marine paint websites and see if you can get an estimate. I used this product on my Tartan 37 and got good results. I did use a primer though bud dont know if that would be an advantage to you. Anyway, you could address your Q to the Epifanes website or call their technical service.

Answered on 04/05/2013 by DAVID KEANE

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I use about 2 quarts on the hull of 40 chris craft. It need to be thinned with peniofin and epifanes brushing thinner for proper results

Answered on 04/05/2013 by DYLAN REDMAN
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Can I Mix Red And Yellow= Orange?

Asked on 05/18/2012 by Undisclosed

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I would say of course you can, it's no different than any other paint, but I don't have first hand experience...didn't mix mine. I found that Epifanes will answer your tech support questions same day, and talk directly with executive rep on the phone, so I have no doubt they will have an experienced answer for you that day.

Answered on 06/11/2012 by JEFF STENNETT
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Yes. Try various percentages in small quantities first. It won't take much yellow to turn red to orange.

Answered on 05/18/2012 by DAVID KANALLY

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You will get an orange. The orange that you get will depend on the amount of each. Also the shade that you get may not be attainable depending on the density of the color that you are looking for. ie. if you want a darker orange than the darkness of the red, it wont' happen. The yellow will always lighten the tint. Doug Gregg An alternate method would be to take it to a paint shop and ask them to tint the red to the orange that you want . They can use universal pigments to do the tinting if they are willing. Some may do it. Don't ask for a guarantee of results. I would recommend a paint store that does a lot of paint mixing and has experience. Not your local home depot.

Answered on 06/07/2012 by DOUGLAS GREGG

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I can not speak to the color you will get, I did mix the blue and green and it seemed to work fine.

Answered on 05/18/2012 by CHRIS HADDEN
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How do I go about getting a swatch card? My printer does not do the colors justice and I would like to color match as close as possible.

Asked on 05/22/2013 by MARK PERGOLA

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Call Epifanes. Especially if you're trying to match colors. You may want to locate a paint store/distrbutor such as NAPA Paints for professional paint match and mixing. Hope this helps.

Answered on 05/22/2013 by GORDON SMITH
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I obtained an Awlgrip swatch card from Jamestown Distributors and they matched the color perfectly with the Epifanes. I was very pleased with results

Answered on 05/22/2013 by Ray DeLeo

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I contacted the company directly via e-mail. They were very helpful and did send me a complete card with all the colors...as well as a DVD and bunches of other stuff. Great paint from a great company.

Answered on 05/27/2013 by KEVIN JOHNSON
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Can Epifanes mono-urethane be sprayed over an enamel base coat?

Asked on 02/16/2013 by Undisclosed

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You should be OK but it may depend on your enamel. Check the Epifanes website and look under "recoating". An email direct to them might also help. Dave

Answered on 03/04/2013 by DAVID KEANE
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To make sure, please check with Epifanes in Maine, ideally with the brand of paint that it is giong over but I believe that it is pretty safe to put it over any sound existing finish. Allan

Answered on 03/03/2013 by ATLAS PRESS

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I am not really sure. It seems like you should be able to paint over the enamel. I would do two things: call Epifanes directly (they are very helpful) and next, try it on a part of the boat not seen just to make sure even it the Epifanes people say it's OK.

Answered on 03/24/2013 by KEVIN JOHNSON
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whats the coverage per can, or sq. ft. per can?

Asked on 05/08/2012 by Undisclosed

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That is a relative question, depending on how many coats you need to apply and how thick you put it on. You will put at least two coats on, after one coat of primer. I mixed white with the color I purchased to achieve the color that matched the hull of my boat, so I cannot give an accurate coverage. I covered both port and starboard sides of the cabin top, where the port windows are, and the cockpit of my 27 ft Pearson. Mixing 50/50, I would estimate that it took two cans to apply two coats to those areas. I am very satisfied with the product and Jamestown Distributors. Jack Kosten

Answered on 05/09/2012 by JACK KOSTEN
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I used this paint for a somewhat different application than intended. I painted my truck with it. It's a little Toyota and it took almost 3 full cans. Hopefully that gives you an idea of coverage. Oh, and the truck received 3 coats from that.

Answered on 05/10/2012 by KENNY CHRISTOFFERSON

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Epifanes states 160 square feet or 15 square meters per liter. The cans are 750 ml and thinned ten to fifteen percent. They recommend two coats after primer. This is my first choice in paints for my project 21 ft catamaran. -Bruce

Answered on 05/09/2012 by BRUCE KACHLINE
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