TotalBoat Wood Sealer fills and seals wood grain to create a level surface for more consistent finishes. This clear wood conditioner prevents varnish from being absorbed into the wood, so finish coats build up faster. Use it to seal plywood and oily woods like teak to prevent finish cracking and checking.
Unlike other marine wood sealers, it features UV-inhibiting filters so finishes are protected right down to the wood. It's fast-drying formula doesn't require sanding between coats. TotalBoat Wood Sealer is compatible with all 1 part varnishes.
Available in a Quart kit that includes 2 quart-size paint pots, 2 wooden stir sticks, 2 2" foam brushes, & a pair of latex gloves.
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Usage: Above the waterline; for interior and exterior use
Thinning: Not required, but if desired, use TotalBoat Special Brushing Thinner 100 for brush/roll applications, and xylene for spray applications
Minimum Time Before Overcoating with Varnish: 24 hours
Cleanup: TotalBoat Special Brushing Thinner 100 or xylene
Number of Coats: 2-3 (varies based on the porosity of the wood)
Coverage: 250-400 sq. ft. per gallon @ 3 mils WFT (varies by porosity)
Compare to: Interlux Interprime Wood Sealer Clear 1026 and Pettit 2018 EZ Wood Sealer (formerly Old Salem)
NOTE: TotalBoat Wood Sealer is not a finish coating and should be overcoated with 1-part varnish to provide depth, higher gloss, and more complete UV protection. Do not apply 2-part varnishes, 2-part polyurethane paints, or 2-part epoxies over TotalBoat Wood Sealer.
APPLICATION AND USE
Bare wood should be clean, dry, and free of grease, oil, or other contaminants. Sand the surface with 220-grit sandpaper in the direction of the grain until completely smooth. Use a vacuum to remove any sanding residue, wipe the surface clean with a lint-free rag dampened with TotalBoat Dewaxer & Surface Prep, and follow immediately by wiping with a clean, dry, lint-free rag.
Before use, stir well—do not shake. TotalBoat Wood Sealer can be brushed, rolled, or sprayed. Apply 2-3 coats, as directed. Oil hardwoods like teak should require only 2 coats, while plywood or porous wood may require 3 coats.
Thinning should not be required, but if desired, use TotalBoat Special Brushing Thinner 100 for brushing/rolling applications, and xylene for spray applications.
The minimum overcoat time between coats of TotalBoat Wood Sealer is 2 hours at temperatures above 72°F, and 4 hours below 72°F.
Up to 24 hours, TotalBoat Wood Sealer does not need to be sanded between coats. If the maximum overcoat window was missed, sand lightly in the direction of the grain with 320-grit sandpaper, remove any residue with a clean, lint-free rag dampened with mineral spirits, then allow to dry before applying.
If TotalBoat Wood Sealer will be overcoated with varnish, allow the final coat of TotalBoat Wood Sealer to dry for 24 hours, then apply the desired varnish as directed.
Do not attempt to apply TotalBoat Wood Sealer in conditions where humidity is over 90%, or when the substrate, air, or coating temperature is cooler than 50°F or warmer than 90°F. Do not apply when dew or rain may affect the quality of the finish before the coating dries fully.
Minimum Overcoating Time
Above 72 Degrees F
Below 72 Degrees F
TotalBoat Wood Sealer over TotalBoat Wood Sealer
1-Part Varnish over TotalBoat Wood Sealer
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How does this compare to Cetol?
This is a thin varnish product made to penetrate the fibers and seal it prior to applying a varnish. Not like Cetol at all.
Can I get away with just the sealer? Applied it to tiller and rudder and it was fantastic! Put two coats so far of Epifanes.What I'm thinking is the top rail...it was always painted but I took it down to the bare wood...don't want to miss too much more of the season so,what do you think,can I get away with just a couple of coats of the sealer? primary use is in fresh water
It won't last! Several coats of "Lust" varnish can be applied in just a few hours. Better to make the job last since you put all of that work into it.SB
NO NO NO. The name of the product says it all. "Totalboat Wood Sealer Varnish Primer" PRIMER it is not formulated to hold up to theweather. This product ( PRIMER ) is a little thinner than Varnish that you use for the top coats. If you do not top coat the primer withvarnish you will see the primer breaking down before the end of THIS year's boating season. Take the time to do the job Right oryou will be stripping what ever is left of the primer over the winter, to do the job all over again for the next boating season. Thechoice is yours GOOD LUCK.
This product is designed as an undercoat, but it does still have UV resistance. Due to the lower solids than a traditional varnish, 2-3 coats of varnish is more equal to 1 coat of varnish (as far as build and protection). We would recommend at least a couple coats of varnish for a summer of UV protection on top of wood sealer. For applications where you are simply looking to seal a product like a sheet of plywood, a few coats of Wood Sealer are sufficient.
JD Tech Associate
How much TotalBoat Wood Sealer would you suggest to seal 1700 square feet of pine planks?
It would take around 5 gallons depending on how much it absorbs.
JD Tech Team
can total boat wood sealer be used below the water line?
No, it is for above the waterline, unless the boat is not going to be left in the water more than a day or two.
JD Tech Team
can total boat wood sealer varnish primer be used to seal wood that is going to be painted with enamel, such as Kirbys or similar? I don't want to coat the wood with epoxy, so if the total boat wood sealer varnish primer is not the best choice, what other product would be better? Salem sealer?David Posner
You could use the Totalboat Wood Sealer or the Pettit EZ Wood Sealer, either will work.
JD Tech Team
I am restoring teak on an old boat. After removing all the old varnish, is Total Boat Wood Sealer Varnish Primer the best product to use on the bare teak or would Total Boat Penetrating Epoxy be a better choice? In either case I would be applying multiple coats of 1-part varnish after the primer hardens.
I'd recommend the penetrating epoxy to seal the teak in an exterior application, it will seal out moisture and prolong the life of the varnish.
JD Tech Team
Is your wood sealer for varnish compatible over an oil based stain? Plan on a varnish finish on this stained strake and wonder if this would be worthwhile?
It should be fine over a dried stain. We recommend testing a small area to be sure there are no problems.
I purchased this sealer for a Sapele exterior door project. Absolutely delighted at the medium-low volume solids, warm light maple syrup color tone that's quite subtle, and gloss to bring out the depth of the wood grain. It sands and powders quite nicely. Absolutely delighted with the way it flows, and yet dries much quicker than some other varnishes. Could not be happier with the result.
Works, but probably just poly mixed with thinner/penetrol
Honestly I was expecting more. It's extremely thin, feels like polyurethane mixed with thinner and a drop of penetrol at a higher price. I could have made it myself cheaper. For a beginner this would be a good product.The foam brushes and single plastic glove - for a quart of sealer - seems kind of silly.
Anchor Pointe, Ohio
I love this stuff! I'm using it for woodworking rather than boats. The water resistance is excellent, it dries quickly to a tough surface, it adheres well, sands well, and looks good. It will take an oil-based tint. I've tried many products looking for something with all of these qualities and this one is really exceptional.
Applied primer sealer to teak after stripping 20 year old varnish. Provided a good base for subsequent varnish.
I would recommend this product
Great for raw hardwood
I had been a religious user of the premium brand sealer and decided to give the Total Boat a try. It is great stuff. A MUST for any wood that you are planning to varnish.
Mooresville, North Carolina
I love this stuff
This product goes on very easy dries quick and produces a great base for a beautiful finish.I have noticed some people complain about the smell, it smells like a great classic varnish.
Time will tell
Project - 1966 Ted Hood sailboat. Exterior cabintop. Previous varnish (Epifanes) did not hold up well after 5 seasons (With annual topping coats) and started lifting in a number of locations.New approach was to use this sealer before varnishing.From an application standpoint, I liked with sealers very much. It appeared to do a nice job saturating the stained mahogany...which will be coated with Total Boat Halcyon varnish.The real answer will come in a few years, if this combination is still going strong protecting the wood.
Quick response and great packaging. Thought the metal safety clips on the container was a great idea during shipping. The primer applied very easily and looks great. The consistency of the primer was perfect.
Solomons Island, Maryland
Save yourself some sanding...unless you like sanding.
Used this on some marine plywood, after staining, and before varnish. Two coats on the surface, three on the plywood edges. Solid wood trim pieces got two coats. You don't have to sand between coats, and it dries within a couple hours (unless the temps are below 60 degrees, then it took longer). After the last coat of sealer, you wait 24 hrs, give the parts a light sanding, and then you're ready for varnish. First coat of varnish looks like the 4th or 5th....So, generally liked the stuff, except for the smell. This is one smelly product! I use an organic vapor mask, and after a few days of working, the smell permeated through the mask. Had to get more filters! I'd give the product 5 stars if it didn't smell so bad!But, overall it saved time (less coats of varnish), and money (cheaper than varnish).