TotalBoat Argo Self-Polishing Ablative Antifouling Bottom Paint
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TotalBoat Argo Self-Polishing Ablative Bottom Paint

TotalBoat Argo is a self-polishing ablative antifouling bottom paint that provides multi-season protection for boats in both fresh and salt water.

Argo combines premium SPC (self-polishing copolymer) technology with 38% copper and 3% zinc to create the best performing TotalBoat paint yet. SPC technology means paint releases fresh biocide even when the boat isn't moving. Virtually all other ablative paints rely on your being underway in order to release biocide.

Argo can be burnished for an ultra smooth, fast finish to yield maximum speed and the best possible fuel efficiency. Multi-season protection means you can haul and relaunch without repainting.

Available in gallons in your choice of Black, Blue, Red, or Teal. You'll also receive a free roller & metal tray kit, paint suit, maroon abrasive pad, latex gloves, and a wooden stir stick (a $10 value).

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Application Tips

Shake thoroughly before use. Argo's out-of-the-can consistency may be a little thicker than what you've used in the past. However, it goes on nicely and looks great. Being a thicker paint that dries very quickly, you may want to consider thinning Argo with TotalBoat Special Brushing Thinner 100.

Roller advice: Heavy nap rollers can slide or drag if they have too much paint. Customers have reported excellent results using Arroworthy foam rollers.

Self-Polishing Copolymer technology explained:

Argo's surface ablates without ever needing to leave the dock, unlike other ablative bottom paints. Biocides are released through a hydrolysis reaction - when the acrylic polymer comes in contact with salt or fresh water. This chemical reaction occurs only at the surface of the coating, much like how a salt cube dissolves.


  • Premium Boosted Self-Polishing Copolymer provides multi-season protection
  • Relaunch without repainting
  • Maxmizes fuel efficiency & performance
  • Paint continuously ablates, even while your boat isn't moving
  • Ultimate antifouling protection for boats in either fresh or salt water
  • Compare to Interlux Micron 66 and Seahawk Cukote


Approximate Coverage:   400 sq.ft/gal 
Dry Film Thickness:  2 mils 
Time to Overcoat:  8 hours 
Time to Launch:  16 hours 
Number of Coats:  2 coats with 3rd on waterline 
Thinning:  TotalBoat Special Brushing Thinner 100 
Cleanup:  TotalBoat Special Brushing Thinner 100 or TotalBoat Dewaxer & Surface Prep 
Primer:  TotalBoat TotalProtect Epoxy Primer & barrier coat 
Below Water Line (yes/no): Yes
BRAND: TotalBoat
Number Of Parts: One Part
Type: Copper AF Paint
4.0 6

As good as Micron Plus.


After using Micron Pus for 15 yrs and last year it being discontinued I thought I would try the Argo from Total Boat. I did not find it thicker than the Micron or hard to work with as others have said. I used it straight out of the can after mixing very well. Any bottom paint will skin over if used in direct sun, so keep out of sun! My hull takes just under a gallon to coat and this was the same coverage.I have a down east hull and dove on it this August and it is growth free with just slim on it (Normal).The true test will come next season as I will not re-coat in spring to see how it holds up for 2 seasons. So far it seems as good as Micron Plus, at least in my port.

Cabinet Man

Warren, RI.


Pretty good stuff


My first use of Argo. Went on easily enough, seems to cover well. Have not yet launched the boat, so how effective it is remains to be seen.


Everett WA


Thin first and use your own roller.


After using micron 66 for many years, I tried out Argo last year and found the amount of growth similar. The bottom was not totally clean, but better than most boats in my yard. You absolutely cannot apply this paint without thinning it first! Without thinner, it begins to form a skin in just a few minutes, and the roller becomes sticky and very difficult to work with. The paint comes with a roller, but the handle broke on me, so I'd recommend using your own. Rather than the defective roller, the tray, and the coveralls, it would be much better if Jamestown gave a half quart of thinner along with this paint as a freebie. That's what you really need.


Boston, MA


Wait and see


Argo thickened very fast in the tray and in the can after stirring. Thickened paint required more to cover entire bottom than did the previous paint I have used in years past (Interlux Micron Extra). I hope this works as well and lasts as long as the Micron Extra. Am also hoping I can get a second coat out of this can.

Bottom painter

Duxbury, MA

Needs thinning


Having been disappointed by other ablatives in recent years, I considered splurging for Micron 66 and then saw the description of Argo which sounded identical at a better price. I found the initial application very frustrating. It quickly began to dry in the roller pan despite ideal painting conditions, rapidly caked the roller and took forever to paint. Then I ran out having only finished 80% of the job (every other brand I've ever used covered the whole job plus second coat at waterline with a little to spare). The label mentioned the possibility of thinning with Xylene. I called JD to voice my dissatisfaction and frustration that it wasn't available by the quart for me to finish the job and was very pleased and surprised to have them send me another gallon plus xylene. Well, once I thinned it by 10%, it went on beautifully, covered well and didn't cake the roller. It felt like other paints I've used. If it works as well as the Micron 66 I would buy it again.

Brian McP

Hingham, MA

Agro - the answer!!


Ever since TBT paints were taken off the market, I've been trying different paints.The only one that worked was prohibitively expensive. Argo looks great and will be a bargain if I get two seasons out of it. Actually, it's already a bargain considering the price and the free stuff that came with it.


Chester, CT


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