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MDR Inflatable top coat is a boat paint for hypalon, pvc or rubber inflatable boats. Restores original color and luster from a multi-colored, faded or discolored condition.
Top Coat is an easy to apply water-based formula that cleans up with water and is flexible enough to last, even when folded. Available gray, white or light gray and sold in quarts. One quart covers approximately 100 sq. feet.
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Inflatable Boat Paint
Our PVC Zodiac - 9 years ole has become sticky in the extreme heat this summer. Can this product be applied over a sticky PVC surface? What cleaner should be used before when the PVC is in this condition?
It is not for pvc. Sticky means pvc is breaking down.
Before painting, clean properly using Amazon's Inflatable Cleaner, MDR's Krazy Clean or a similar, non-solvent cleaner. Rinse thoroughly, and let totally dry, in the sun if possible. Sometimes, lightly roughing with extra-fine grit 000 sandpaper will help paints adhere. Follow application instructions.
JD Tech Team
can u spray this coating
When I use the product simply brush with light bristles... it takes 2-3 light coats over 2 days to do a good job with light sanding between. I think if you sprayed it would take more coats?
never sprayed it just used a 4" roller
Not recommended to spray.
JD Tech Team
Is this ablative? Will it rub off on the deck of a fiberglass boat?
Yes, it rubbed off the tubes of my inflatable. I would not use it.Steve
This is made primarily for inflatables. I think it would rub off a smooth surface. After all it is a rubbery based coating. If the surface is very clean and slightly scuffed you may have good results.. It's worth a try.Â
Hi, this product is not ablative. I would reach out to MDR and inquire if they recommend this type of application, or you can try it in a small, inconspicuous spot to test for adhesion and performance before attempting the greater project.
JD Tech Associate
How is the surface prep prior to application, then what ? Brush, roll ,spray ?
I washed my inflatable with boat soap. I then brush painted on the first coat of MDR top coat. It went on very smooth, but you need to move right along if you are doing this in a sunny area, the paint is thick and dries a little faster in the sun.I then applied a 2nd coat to the topside only. this covered all of the lighter areas. It looks great.I painted our inflatable the beginning of August. So far it has held up well.We have a dingy lift and strap our inflatable to the lift with "come alongs". The paint in those areas have worn off. We are buying rubber pieces to cover those areas to eliminate that problemI did, after the paint dried, polished the surface with boat wax to help eliminate the sun problems.I would recommend the productI
I just wcrubbed it down with a good boat soap and water, then used a foam brush for 2 coats. It needs 2 coats! Worked well for me.
I brushed it on with no problems
if you get the white coloring ,you can get it color matched to any of the light greys that are used , jest get a color swab to match the boat and have it added. as for the pre paint cleaning I used MDR cleaner that I had previously purchased. I used a 2" foam brush to paint, tried a roller but it left too many bubbles.
I have a white hypolon inflatalbe.I'd like to paint it with light grey MDR topcoating. Is this OK?What do I clean with prior to the Topcoating?leslie
I just applied light grey MDR topcoating to my 11 year old Caribe 10x which is in the tropics full time with major sun damage and modest air leakage due to osmosis. The color matched exactly and the RIB looks like a new unit. The air leakage has also been fixed. Practical Sailor gave this product a Best Buy rating, only deficency was abrasion resistance is modest.I applied three coats to the entire RIB and four coats to the starboard side which was leaking the most. I have about an inch of paint left over for touchups. I do not believe the color will make any difference, the old color will show through the first coat but not the second coat. I used warm soapy water and a stiff brush to remove salt, mildew and crud. Key is thorough drying after cleaning and each coat of paint. I let it dry in the tropical sun for 4-5 hours between coats and overnight before splashing it back in the water.
I found the MDR Topcoat went on easily and worked well. It did come off in an a small area around a grommet. Since this is a high load area, I attributed it to that. It's possible I didn't get it clean enough in the local area. After one year in the sun; no sign of oxidation.For cleaning I used Nautical Ease Inflatable Boat Cleaner. It works for both Hypalon and PVC. It dissolves dirt, oxidation and diesel stains quickly. My eight year old dinghy looked almost new. I only painted it to reduce future oxidation. . Made by Roofing and Marine Technologies 1-800-783-7507.
Leslie, I painted my inflatable with MDR light grey and was pleased with the resultsthe prep was easy, a good cleaning, light sanding and I was ready to paint with a small roller, brush and water clean up, made the job easy. The dingy looks like new and is holding up well in the sun. Capt. "B" S/V Love Inn St. Croix USVI
I used a 50/50 mixture of clorox and water sprayed on with a hand sprayer on the mildewed areas, gave it a lite scrubbing with an abrasive pad, hosed it down and let it dry thoroughly.
Hi Leslie,I used it on a light grey hypalon RIB. It went on easily and covered well - but I did 3 light coats to be safe. I cleaned it as well as I could with a green scotchbrite pad and RIB cleaner I picked up at a boat dealer.Unfortunately, it's still in the garage and hasn't been on the water so I can't speak to the durability yet. Cheers.Garth
i washed with dish soap then wiped with alocohal .lite gray covers well you will need two coat. 1quart is plenty for two coats on 10ft inflatable . if you are outside be sure no rain for 24 hours it will wash of before completly cured
easy to work with
I used a thin coat and it dried quickly but as others have mentioned it does seem to remain tacky once in the sun was on it. It is not a big problem just odd when you are not expecting it. Dinghy is a 2007 PVC and paint was applied with a 4" foam roller and tipped with foam brush.
Paint looks good
If mdr topcoat holds up then ill b very pleased
Baton rouge la
What a joy this paint is to use. It took two coats to cover completely. Was fast drying so my RHIB was done in one afternoon. Really liked the finished texture after using a medium nap roller. Clean-up was far too easy using just water. This stuff drys like iron so clean up quickly. Saved thousands using this paint. Love the results.
Ft Myers, FL
Great but Have to see how it wears
12 y/o hypalon 8' 6" Genesis from Walker Bay. Twice washed with Dawn/Clorox then twice cleaned with MDR inflatable cleaner and scrub brush. Painted only sun exposed ~ top surfaces (after patching champagne leak in front chamber w/5200) First coat very thin ready for second coat by the time I got back to the start. Third coat completely cover original grey color. Final coat following day after being kept dry under cover overnight, appears great but need to see durability in use
Bill S/V BEYOND
Great idea, if the paint would eventually dry
I read the reviews and figured there would be a problem. I spent extra time prepping, hoping to avoid a sticky inflatable in the end... unfortunately, my results were the same. Although the dinghy looks great after applying to paint, it is very tacky to the touch (even after 3 weeks. It certainly looks much better and I guess the dinghy can be used as long as you sit on a towel. I'm just not sure what's going to happen in the long run with dirt.
Hilton Head Island, SC
O.K. Basics. So far a great water based vinyl based paint. One quart was just enough to apply two coats to my 10ft RIB.I performed a small test area on a piece of PVC repair patch material prior to painting it on my RIB. Two days later, I was unable to scratch the coating off. For a water based material, it has great adhesion properties.Go the extra mile prepping and cleaning off the inflatable prior to painting, do it right the first time, you won't be sorry.Apply out of direct sunlight. I used extra firm 4" paint rollers. Thinning is not necessary or desired. Rolls on easily, go slowly to minimize bubbles forming. Tip and roll technique was not necessary.Independent tests apparently rate this coating one of the top for longevity. If you own an inflatable you should be acuity aware of the damaging effects of UV sunlight.Time will tell how this coating lasts. It made my poor RIB look like new, keeping my fingers crossed.
The difference in the appearance of my Zodiac is remarkable. Looks like a new RIB
La Cagna Mare
I followed the instructions allowing to dry between coats. It looked fantastic when first finished.......but remained tacky and over time collected dirt and mildew. The boat now looks much worse that it did before coating.
did ever thing as told but it stays sticky ever thing sticks to it but over all great
The great cover-up
This product works great as long as you follow the instructions. Make sure the last coat has sufficient time to dry before evening dew or frost or you'll be brushing it out the next day. Otherwise it covers great and makes a dinghy look great.