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TotalBoat TotalGold is a 1 part oil alkyd-based paint that boasts a brilliant metallic finish similar in appearance to gold leaf gilding. An excellent and economical alternative to prohibitively expensive real gold, TotalGold is ideal for boat lettering, painting cove stripes, signage, and decorative detail work.
TotalGold demonstrates superior UV and color stability in extensive testing, making it well suited for both indoor and outdoor applications. Apply by brush, roller, or spray on properly prepared fiberglass, brick, wood, aluminum, steel, and previously painted surfaces.
Bonus: Whether you choose pint or quart size, each order includes 2 stir sticks, and 2 paint pots.
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Compare TotalGold to Sheffield Super Bright or any other gold enamel. In controlled chamber testing, TotalGold was continuously exposed to 12 hours of intense UV light, followed by 12 hrs of 100% humidity. Testing ran for over 3,000 hours!
These demanding test conditions are intended to exceed real world durability requirements. At 3,000 hours of non-stop testing, TotalGold continued to show great color and UV stability with zero tarnishing.
Apply TotalGold over fiberglass, gelcoat, previously painted surfaces, primed steel, and wood. Do not use on aluminum without an etching primer such as TotalBoat Aluminum Boat Etch Wash followed by TotalBoat 2-Part Epoxy Primer.
TotalGold has a classic golden appearance, perhaps slightly more yellow than similar paints. All paints of this type have metal flakes that impact appearance. Applying two or three coats minimizes the appearance of streaking so common to gold paints.
Creates a brilliant metallic finish similar in appearance to golf leaf gilding.
A great choice for boat lettering, signage, and painting cove stripes.
Suitable for both interior and exterior use.
Easy to apply by brush, roller, or spray.
Brush or roll on right out of the can at temperatures between 50°F and 90°F.
Compare to Sheffield Super Bright Gold Paint.
Priming, Thinning, Cleanup, and Coverage Information
Thinner (Brush/Roller Application): If needed, thin 5-10% with TotalBoat Special Brushing Thinner 100
Thinner (Spray Application): TotalBoat Special Brushing Thinner 100; thinning percentage varies by sprayer type and conditions, typically from 5-20%
Primer (Fiberglass): TotalBoat Topside Primer
Primer (Steel): TotalBoat 2-Part Epoxy Primer
Etch Wash & Primer (Aluminum): TotalBoat Aluminum Boat Etch Wash and TotalBoat 2-Part Epoxy Primer
Cleanup: TotalBoat Special Brushing Thinner 100 or TotalBoat Dewaxer & Surface Prep
Coverage: 40-50 sq. ft. per pint @ 2 mils dry film thickness; 80-100 sq. ft. per quart @ 2 mils dry film thickness
WARNING: This product can
expose you to chemicals including ethylbenzene and cumene, which are known to the State of California to cause cancer, and n-methylpyrrolidone, which is known to the State of California to cause developmental toxicity. For more information, go to www.P65Warnings.ca.gov
Gold Metallic Paint
Will this paint hold up to cover a rusted bathtub drain? With daily showering?Do I need to put a polyurethane coating on top of it?
This paint will not adhere to rust, or improperly prepped metals at all. If the metal is properly prepared, it should hold up just fine to most day to day wear and tear. Covering TotalGold with a clear 1-component polyurethane will add resilience and longevity, but would not be mandatory.
JD Tech Associate
What primer should be used with this if applying on a smooth wood surface?
Thanks Tom, will give it a try.
Thanks Gerald, I appreciate you getting back to me.
Thamks Joe, I appreciate the tip
I used a oil based sanding sealer after sanding to 200 then wet sanding the sealer with 400. This worked very well.
Thanks Chris, that makes sense, appreciate you getting back to me
Smith's CPES (clear, penetrating epoxy sealer) is wonderful primer for wood - just make sure you use it in a well ventilated area
I used awlgrip 545 primer, before using this gold paint on cove stripe, because I was painting boat topsides with awl grip 2 part polyurethane and just included cove stripe. It came out fantastic.This paint was easiest part of the entire topside job, no drama and great shiny cover w 2 coats
If raw wood suggest any good oil based exterior primer. Our case involved existing painted surface. We lightly sanded then applied TotalGold. Needed two coats with a days drying time between each for best results. TIP: Use in open air or ventilated space. The paint has a very stronger order. Has been through 1 season and stands up well as if we just painted surface.
Absolutely. Primer bonds to wood ... enamel bonds to primer. Because wood is an organic material, it expands and contracts. Enamel applied directly to wood will eventually flake off...especially if the project is exposed to weather.Also, I would recommend use of a good quality oil-based primer for the best results.
I would buy this again
I used this gold paint to paint the trim around my front door. I mixed the paint and didn't have any lumps. It seems thin in cold temp but thicker in warm temp. I applied three coats with sanding in between. I sanded the last coat which dulled the gold but I wanted to polyurethane over it to protect the finish. Over all I'm happy with the outcome. If I had to do it over I would not have sanded the last coat.
Good looking product
Used this to paint cove stripe on boat. Paint applied easily. Kept the paint stirred throughout and applied three coats. Paint covered nicely and final effect looks good. Scuff Sanded between coats with scotchbrite pad. Had no problems using the paint. The color and brightness looks good. Did not give it five stars only because I don't know how it will hold up yet.
Cover With Captains!
I love this stuff for boot topping stripes. I have used it on several boats, including the Ranger 22 that I am restoring now. I thought I read somewhere that it could be coated with a coat of varnish. So I laid down a coat of Total Gold, sanded, another coat, sanded, a THIRD coat of Total Gold.. So after that had dried it still had that flat finish, so I grabbed the Captain's Varnish and gave it a quick coat. WOW! That's all I can say. Do it.... I'll keep you posted on how it tolerates the funk/slime that collects on Lake Norman, NC, but for the moment it is just WOW.
Lake Norman, NC.
Needs more gold--- won't cover in one coat as is
Although it is nice to have a one part gold paint to repaint the boat name, I found that this paint could use more gold flakes. I stirred it for a long time because when I first opened the can, the gold was a big lump on the bottom. I then tried it on a test surface and it appeared to flow well and level beautifully, however each brush stroke showed when looked at from another angle, because there was insufficient gold in the amount of carrier/solvent. A week or so later when I actually painted the boat name, I again stirred for a REALLY long time. The gold had again collected on the bottom, but not as solidly as before. Still, I could see that it might not cover in one coat because I could see the way the gold floated in the carrier. This time, I used a larger brush size so that there would be fewer brush strokes to show. This was helpful, although one had to be very careful to stir the paint well *every time* the brush was dipped anew. For the job, I dispensed a small amount into a cup and because the day was quite warm, the solvent started to evaporate a bit and the letters covered better as I went on. The first letters painted needed touching up with a second coat in places, the letters painted later after some solvent evaporated came out much better. I cannot comment on the durability of the paint because this is the first time I have used it.From two feet away, the painted name looks great! It would have looked even better if I had been painting the name on with the boat on the hard instead of sitting in the dinghy tied alongside! ;-)12 inches away, you can see the problems one has with a slightly larger brush than desired at corners and points, but overall it came out well.
Painted the Bronze Portlights on our 45 year old classic trawler. Looks great....as nice as the Gold Awlgrip that I used on them 18 years ago!
Ft Myers, Fl
IF YOU WANT A TRUE GOLD LOOK USE THIS
THIS IS THE ONLY PAINT I WILL USE ON MY GATE, MY LETTERING OR ANYTHING ELSE I HAVE THAT I USE GOLD ON. IT IS IMPERVIOUS TO OUR WEATHER HERE IN FLORIDA AND ONLY REQUIRES A TOUCH UP EVERY TWO YEARS.
I use the total gold for lettering routed name boards. Compared to the other options available this product works great and the color is better than most. I have found that most gold I have used in the past really needs a quality clear coat for salty environment. I did clear coat Total Gold for that reason.
Brett, Omni Signs Inc
Bayou La Batre, Alabama
Love it, will buy it again.....and again!
Used it around the house on many differents things...all came out exceptional!
As good as gold leaf
Great value. Real gold leaf is way too expensive. Total Gold looks awfully good, and its almost impossible to distinguish from the real thing once you varnish over it. One thing I didn't skimp on was the brush; use a good fine quality brush and you'll be very pleased with the results.