TotalBoat Penetrating Epoxy is a low-viscosity wood rot restoration and repair solution that seals deeper & cures stronger than industry-leading penetrating epoxies. It contains no VOCs and has no smell.
This 2:1 system is ideal for restoring rotten or damaged wood, or sealing new wood for lasting protection against humidity, salt, mold & mildew. Penetrating Epoxy works by gluing cellulose (wood) fibers back together, sealing an unfinished, porous wood surface from the inside out. Once cured, this epoxy is 100% waterproof.
Surfaces may be painted or varnished over after light sanding. TotalBoat Penetrating Epoxy may be applied by brush, roller, or injected via syringe. Acetone can be mixed with the epoxy resin solution in equal volume to double the penetrating power.
Choose from Traditional (suited for 65 F and warmer) or Cold Weather (40 to 65 F) formulas.
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Bonus: Each order includes 2 stir sticks, 2 QT paint pots, and 1 pair of latex gloves.
NO VOCS, NO SMELL.
Cleanup is easy. Wear latex gloves, wash off with soap and water. No solvents required.
APPLICATION NOTE: The wood must be bare and unfinished. Also, TotalBoat Penetrating Epoxy will not penetrate and level well when applied over some stains. Always test an area first.
TotalBoat Cold Weather Penetrating Epoxy is perfect for use during the colder seasons. Compared to our traditional TotalBoat Penetrating Epoxy, our Cold Weather formula offers similar performance characteristics, but cures completely and reliably in cooler temperatures. Its tack-free properties also allow you to sand sooner.
WARNING: TotalBoat Cold Weather Penetrating Epoxy should not be used as a fast-cure epoxy in warmer temperature conditions because doing so can be unsafe and result in premature exotherm, brittleness, and improper curing.
Application Temperature Ranges:
Traditional formula - 65-90°F
Cold Weather formula - 40-65°F
Sealing open wood pores
Glues wood fibers back together
Fungi & mildew protection
Rotten wood restoration
Traditional Formula and Cold Weather Formula Kit Volumes: Total Mix Ratio
Pint Kit: total mix ratio 1.5 Pints (1 pint resin, 1/2 pint hardener)
Quart Kit: total mix ratio 1.5 Quarts (1 quart resin, 1 pint hardener)
Half-Gallon Kit: total mix ratio .75 Gallons (1 half gallon resin, 1 quart hardener)
Gallon Kit: total mix ratio 1.5 Gallons (1 gallon resin, 1/2 gallon hardener)
Is it better to use acetone or alcohol for thinning and why?
You could use acetone to dry the wood, but I wouldn't recommend thinning the product. It is thin enough to penetrate open grain when mixed according to the directions.
We have found from experience that it can vary by substrate and desired working properties. When applying in cool conditions it is best to use Acetone for optimal evaporation rates and viscosity/working times. Neither solvent will have adverse effects with the epoxy though.
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I've got a new, beautiful, kiln-dried pecan wood slab for use as an outdoor table top. From my reading, it looks like TBPE is a good way to protect the wood from moisture. We plan to coat it with Spar Varnish after the TBPE application. My questions are these: 1. Can we use TBPE over cured Danish Oil or Mineral Oil? 2. Can TBPE be injected into 1/4" wide splits in the slab with good effect? 3. Is there anything that ensures a clear cure like heat or vibration?
Honestly I have never found any clear wood finish that will hold up outdoors for an extended period of time...that being said, I don't think you would have any problems applying TBPE over well cured Danish or mineral oil...as far as injecting it into cracks goes, it is pretty low viscosity, which allows it to penetrate, consequently would run right through the slab if not sealed on the bottom first...doesn't seem to shrink much but I haven't tried a thick application like filling a crack...don't know of any process which ensures a clear cure.
#1. No.#2. It is very thin and won't fill large voids.#3. Just follow the directions on the product.I first used the product on land to firm and waterproof wooden sills on basement windows in a very old house. It worked beautifully.
Hi Christi, this product will not work on Danish Oil or Mineral Oil. Oils are considered contaminants when using epoxies like this. TBPE can be injected into splits, with great results, but you may need to reapply a few times for it to fill the gaps completely. This product cures very clear, and the only coloration that it may leave, can be emulated for you to see if you simply wipe the surface with denatured alcohol.
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If I use the warm weather formula and the weather goes cold will this still work or will I have to start over?
I used this in my basement at around 55 degrees Fahrenheit, and it worked well.
Hey!If you use the "summer" formula in cold weather the cure time will be extended considerably-depending on the actual temperature and a few other factors. Generally speaking, this type epoxy is pretty forgiving.Good Luck!!C WilliamsSent from my iPhone
It gets very hot when catalyst starts working, so exterior temp should not be so much of a factor.
The warm weather variety will still work, but the cure times will be extended, and it may take 1-2 weeks for a full cure at cool temperatures.
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What happens if I use this product above the recommended temperature?
If you mix the product properly, and it is very warm in your work area, the product will react extremely quickly and you will lose control of the work area. Foam will get everywhere, it will expand inside your cup quickly and will fill your target area too quickly causing waste. In hot weather conditons. Work with only half the volume you would normally use, and work in small batches. Your materials will continue to expand and cure quickly. Let the surface harden quite well before you pour the next layer and so on and so on. Hope that helps. DG: Springfield, IL
Insufficient working time.
If you apply this product above the recommended temperature your working time will become significantly less than you may expect, the product may not penetrate as far as desired, and if for some reason the epoxy cures too quick, it may exotherm and have adverse effects from that. Also it increases the risk of smoking out your mixing cup and curing before you can use the product. Adding one of the directed reducers can help a little to slow the reaction, and if you use a wider mixing pot (does not allow all of the mixed epoxy volume to exotherm as quickly) and you can maintain cooler temperatures, you may be okay, still. There are a number of methods to keep epoxy within proper working temperature.
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I am replacing the plywood transom on my Lund boat. What adhesive should I use to glue 2 sheets of 3/4" marine plywood together to equal the 1 1/2" total thickness. What sealer should be used to coat the edges and both sides.
Hi Rick, for convenience, you can simply use one of our TotalBoat Thixo products to glue the plywood together, giving you great control for dispensing the pre-thickened epoxy. TotalBoat Penetrating Epoxy is designed for the application of sealing wood, and we have a lot of customers that use it for your intended purpose.
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HOW MUCH IS REQUIRED TO SEAL BOTTOM OF 20FT CHRIS CRAFT BEFORE PAINTING? cHARLIE
Hi Charlie, this is a tough question to answer with any reliable detail. It depends more on the condition of the bottom. Depending on porosity, you could put 1, 2, or even 3 coats that basically all get absorbed and it may not give you quite the protection. I would conservatively recommend starting with a gallon kit for 1-2 coats.
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is it good to use on teak wood
Hi, we have a lot of customers that use this on Teak. Generally, it is best to clean or sand the teak before applying, and being a hard wood this product will not show nearly the saturation compared to softer, more porous woods. Many people use this to seal Teak before a light sanding and applying varnish.
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(Cold Weather Penetrating Epoxy) I will apply it at 50 degrees, but the temperature will drop down into 30 degrees overnight. Will that have an effect on the epoxy? Will adding 25% acetone speed up the hardening time at the cold temperature?
Good question. Acetone will actually retard, or slow the cure a little bit-- not speed it up. The cold weather penetrating epoxy can tolerate those temperatures, but there are a few things to remember--it will slow the cure down significantly, and it is very important to mix and apply the epoxy when it is above the recommended working temperatures of the product.
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I'm thinking of sealing the keel of a new build of a small sailing dingy with penetrating epoxy before bedding in the first planks with Boatlife polysulfide caulk. Will the caulk have any trouble adhering or curing when applied over TotalBoat Penetrating Epoxy?
Once the epoxy is fully cured, simply wash it with a mild soap and water, dry, then lightly scuff the areas where you want to apply the Boatlife caulk. There should be no compatibility issues if the epoxy is mixed thoroughly, fully cured, and prepped.
would this work as solution to balsa core decking on a J/29. I have places where the balsa has gotten soggy and am repairing by removing all the soggy material and was then going to use some kind of resin to refill the voids, Seems like this stuff would be great as it could rebond with the existing balsa but not sure about filling a void (say 3/4 inch) with this stuff.
The penetrating epoxy is very thin, I'd recommend filling voids with the regular 5:1 epoxy thickened with silica.
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Great epoxy - it will take punky rotten wood, and make it solid and hard as a rock. I also coat it on all new woodwork I use for boat projects. Add 2 coats of spar varnish, and it looks really great. If all boat wood was painted in this epoxy, there would be far fewer boat repair projects.All the TotalBoat branded products I've used provide great results, and usually cost less. Believe it or not, I actually don't even work for JD...
First time I have used this product. I used it to repair a 90 year old window with significant rot. I mixed the parts per instructions then thinned it 20% with denatured alcohol. This penetrated the punky wood very well. After a 2 day cure it was totally solid and ready for the epoxy putty and wood blank repair. This product is far superior to the one part acetone based product you find in the local stores. Now we shall see how long it holds up.
First time user
Product was purchased for use on wood Radio Control boats. On first use, it clearly penetrates the 3/16" 3-ply very well, nearly all the way thru. For my use, it works better than West Systems 205. Have already recommended this product to my fellow RC boat builders.
Mark, the outboard nut
For the cost, a good product.
Normally I use Smith's.I thought why not give this a try on a Simmons sea skiff I am rebuilding/restoring.Not a,viscous as Smith's unless Mek is added.Be watchful of the quantities mixed up especially if using the cold weather formula in warmer temps.I'd purchase it again.
Had a 1987 Starcraft with moderate to severe wood rot. Did not want to pull the entire transom out so I heard about your product and did a little research on the mechanics in using the product. Only bought one gallon to see if it would work. So I removed the aluminum transom cap by cutting around the engine. Made a jig to cover both sides of the transom and drilled vertical holes 3/8 one inch apart and poured the cool temperature export into the holes I drilled. I used about 1/2 gallon with same amount of acetone, making the epoxy penetrate easier and deeper penetration. Well the transom is as strong as virgin wood in all severe rot and the moderate rot I will do in the spring. This product is fantastic. The transom is solid and rapping on the transom is no longer hollow but is now solid. I will buy another gallon to complete the job this spring since the temperature is below 40 degrees Fahrenheit. The remaining 1/2 gallon I gave to my neighbor to fix a wooden outdoor table.Just a great product is all I can say . Saved me a lot of money, time and anxiety.
The product is great even for a novice retired boat rebuilde
The transom was in bad shape but the penetrating epoxy was fantastic once you read the instructions and a little bit of you tube help as well. Transom is strong and waterproof and is 20 years old.Great product.
I use the penetrating epoxy to harden & stabilize spalted wood for table tops. It brings out the color & gives a great base for a smooth finish.
Worked perfect, Easy to Use
This was my first time trying to repair a soft spot in the deck of my boat. I removed the panel and found rotted wood. just to make sure I was doing things correctly I called Jamestown and reps answered all of my questions and even gave me advice on how to complete the project. following the instructions and advice, the deck plate is not good as new.
I would buy this product again
JD including mixing cups and stir sticks with the order. Nice touch!
Used this product on a small soft spot under gas tank approx. 3"x6".drilled some small holes per instructions,filled with cpes.I let it cure overnight and the results were great!