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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.
Brush or Spray
Number of Coats Necessary
< 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.
My aluminum boat has a factory green finish over all the boat. I want to paint the inside white to reduce heat. What if anything needs to be done to prepar the finish for paint.ThanksWes
The green could be paint but is most likely some kind of anodized finish which is baked on. The acid wash is for bare metal prep, An epoxy primer would be more appropriate. Or you could sand it off then acid wash. You could also use an etching primer on any bare spots then epoxy primer then some white polyurethane paint non skid added to it or a premixed white nonskid.Hope that helps
If the green is in good condition, you would clean it well, light sand with 220 grit, clean again and apply a couple coats of a paint like TotalBoat Aluminum Boat Topside Painthttps://www.jamestowndistributors.com/userportal/show_product.do?pid=336274&familyName=TotalBoat+Aluminum+Boat+Topside+Paint
JD Tech Team
I used this on bare aluminum.Â In my case I took a extended motor bracket, carried it down to the bare metal, used the etch wash,Â then immediately used a quality aluminum primer, and e the primer was tacky applied the final coat of aluminum paint.Â This may be a little tough job for the entire inside of the boat. May want to refer to a few blogs to get any other suggestions.Â Â If it was me, might use an anti-slip coating thatÂ does not absorb heat andÂ keep fromÂ making itÂ any slicker.
What is the coverage of a quart. I have a 14' V-Hull Sea Nymph that I plan to clean for painting inside and outside.
Depending on how you apply it. If you use a cloth and rubber glove a qtwould probably do one side depending on how careful you are. I would get 3qts for your job or a gal if the price is better.Pk
I can't exactly remember the coverage, I did a 10 foot jon boat and used about 2 quarts. If I remember correctly that was 2 applications on the outside only. 1 gallon should be enough for a 14 foot inside and out.
Yield is a tough number to gauge with this product. It is dependent on the condition of the boat and how much of the material falls to the ground as waste while you are cleaning it. A quart should be fine to do the whole boat I would think.
JD Tech Associate
Is this aluminum boat etch only for aluminum boats , what other metals would it work on..,
This is designed for aluminum only.
JD Tech Team
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.
cleaned and left a surface that helped the paint adhere.