Aluminum Boat Etch Wash Gallon
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  • Aluminum Boat Etch Wash Gallon
  • Etching aluminum so you can paint your boat

TotalBoat Aluminum Boat Etch Wash

TotalBoat Aluminum Etch Wash ensures that paint, epoxies, glues and other coatings stick to your aluminum boat better, and last longer. This surface prep treatment provides thorough surface cleaning, corrosion protection, and etching in a single application.

Use Etch Wash on bare aluminum, galvanized steel, and other non-ferrous metals. It's great for pontoon boats, duck boats, fishing boats, and other aluminum-hulled vessels.

To use, simply apply Aluminum Boat Etch Wash, allow it to remain on the surface for five minutes without drying, then rinse with water and dry. The surface is now ready to be coated. Paint or polish immediately before oxidation occurs.

Available in Quart and Gallon sizes.

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IMPORTANT: For best results coating the metal, dry the surface completely and apply paints, primers, epoxy, or polish immediately after application and etching.

Why Etching Aluminum Is Important

Aluminum is a notoriously tricky material to paint or coat. Getting a finish to stick usually requires sanding with coarse grit sandpaper until bright, then priming with a specialty primer. The Zinc Chromate primers commonly used in the past are expensive, and less widely available due to environmental concerns. Instead of painting, some choose to anodize aluminum. But if you want to prime and paint, you certainly can. And, you can get excellent results.

The secret lies in etching the surface with the right product. Compare TotalBoat Aluminum Etch Wash to Alodine or Alumiprep 33. Our phosphoric acid-based etching wash is fast and easy to use, and creates the toothed surface required for epoxy primer or paint to bond successfully and durably.

Application Method  Brush or Spray 
Number of Coats Necessary 
Cleanup  Water 
Substrates  Aluminum 
VOC Content  < 250 g/L 
Important Safety Information:

Phosphoric acid is dangerous to work with because it can cause serious skin burns, eye damage, and respiratory system damage. Do not breathe its spray, mist, fumes, gas, or vapors.

Always wear protective clothing and equipment to protect your eyes, skin, and lungs when working with TotalBoat Aluminum Boat Etch Wash. This personal protection includes gloves, glasses or goggles, a respirator, and a proper apron or similar protective clothing.

BRAND: TotalBoat
Type: Aluminum Cleaner
5.0 2

Worked as promised


Used this to prep motorcycle panniers for paint. Found I needed to lightly sand them with 320 grit before using the prep wash. Also left the product on for 10 minutes as apposed to the recommended 5. Saw a definitive color change in the aluminum and the paint coats adhered great.


Roanoke, VA


worked well


cleaned and left a surface that helped the paint adhere.




TotalBoat Aluminum Boat Etch Wash



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