Tag Archives: Topside Paint

Top Secret Coatings Signature Products

TS-100 Silicone Epoxy and TS-66 Supreme Urethane

Silicone Epoxy is a unique resin blend that produces extraordinary results in a wide variety of applications. The self-leveling finish is remarkably glossy and smooth, and it offers unequaled performance where standing water, grease, oil or intense UV are regularly present.

Provides a high level of adhesion with good flexibility, hardness, chemical resistance and resistance to high heat. Grinding or blasting not typically required on concrete with the use of TS-695 Etching Cleaner or Muriatic acid.

What makes this product different?

TS-100 Silicone Epoxy is remarkable because it is catalyzed by oxygen rather than a chemical reaction between two components, like typical epoxies, making it the latest in coatings technology. It is a single component, oxygen cured, self-leveling, waterproof coating that produces a film that remains both hard and flexible at the same time making it unique. It produces a non-toxic dry film and is approved for foodservice applications. It retains its color and gloss without waxing, buffing or the application of a clear coating. It is economical to use because it covers two to three times the area of typical paint because its maximum dry film thickness is only two mils, half the thickness of a sheet of paper! It is a one of a kind super-premium coating that may be unlike anything you have used before so please consider the following application information carefully before moving forward with your application plans.

Use it on all properly-prepared substrates such as metals, wood, concrete, fiberglass, and stone. It may be used on plastics; test for adhesion prior to a full application. It is recommended as a maintenance coating in exterior uses for home, agricultural and industrial equipment, machinery, marine use such as ships and barges, structural steel and tanks. For interior use, it may be used on walls and trim and provides an easily-cleaned surface to help withstand moisture and vapor.

Surfaces: Concrete, tile, masonry, plaster, wood, fiberglass, synthetic materials, and all metals.
Uses: Showers, kitchens, bathrooms, laundry rooms, basements, epoxy garage floors, and most concrete floor paint applications. Approved for food service.
Primer: Concrete; self-priming in two or more coats. For wood, linoleum & fiberglass use TS-664 Etching Primer.
Thinner: TS-101 Thinner.
Application: Brush, roll or spray.
Coats: Apply two or more coats for best results
Coverage: Up to 400 sq./ft per gallon.

What to watch out for?

1. Watch your thickness: This product is designed to go on thinner than typical paint. Your maximum wet film thickness (WFT) is only 2 mils on a per coat basis. When applied too thickly the lower layers will be deprived of oxygen which may result in extended dry and cure times, discoloration or a failed application. The recommended dry film thickness (DFT) is 3.4 mils. Multiple coats are applied to achieve the recommended DFT. Dilution is required in virtually all applications. Use only recommended thinners. Do not substitute.

2. Runs and sags: If it runs or sags it has been applied too thickly. Adhere to the maximum recommended WFT. We encourage test applications which prevent many problems.

3. Cure times: The curing process should be allowed to be completed naturally or with the addition of TS-160 Accelerator/Hardener before entering full-service duty. We recommend the fingernail mark test to determine hardness. When it passes the fingernail mark test you know it has cured hard enough to enter full duty service. If after applying the topcoat or clear coat, you notice that the painted area is soft and can be easily indented with your fingernail. The paint has been applied to thickly or you didn’t let the basecoat dry long enough before applying the next coat. Solution – Just wait and let the paint dry thoroughly. This could take a while depending on how thickly it has been applied. Note: dark colors are slower to cure. Allow more time for dark colors to cure.

4. Thinning: This product’s unique formulation and high solid content means thinning is necessary to achieve the recommended 2 mil maximum WFT. Thin 5-10% with TS-605 Thinner or 15-25% with TS-101 Thinner depending on application requirements, spray tip size, desired control, equipment and application method. Proper thinning is required to achieve a leveled finish. Choose TS-605 Synthetic Thinner to speed dry time. Do not substitute any other thinners.

Product Features:

  1. Suitable for commercial-industrial or residential use.
  2. Low VOC low odor product.
  3. Produces a hard yet flexible finish. Self-leveling finish.
  4. Provides a high level of chemical resistance.
  5. Provides unequaled UV resistance, colorfastness and gloss retention.
  6. Withstands heat to 400F.
  7. Resists cracking, peeling and chipping.

Supreme Urethane (TS-66) is a two-component acrylic urethane has been specifically formulated to provide superior adhesion, higher build, and hardness, and higher chemical and heat resistance than any other competing epoxy, alkyd, urethane, or resin blend. This is a fully submersible coating acceptable for use on virtually all interior/ exterior surfaces and infrastructures subjected to corrosive environments. TS-66 Supreme Urethane also features a specially formulated activator that adds hardness that you will not find anywhere else!

Our supreme urethane features a high solid content formula that may be brushed, rolled, or sprayed on. It dries to the touch in just 20 minutes, and hard enough to overcoat or for light foot traffic in just six hours. It retains its color and glosses longer, with less yellowing and chalking. It has a 3-hour pot life making it easy to use. Ease of application and outstanding performance make it a compelling choice.

TS-66 has been specifically designed for extra durability and resistance to strong chemicals, high heat (500F), spilled fuel, acids, alkalis, solvents, salt spray, staining agents, and corrosion over a variety of substrates. Acceptable for use above and below the waterline, concrete, iron, steel, aluminum, fiberglass, and wood!

Tack Free: 5 hours
Time to Recoat: 6 hours
Pot Life: 3 hours
Dry Hard: 8 hours
V.O.C.: 380 g/L
Application: This is a two-component system that is mixed just before using. MIX: 7 Volume Component A to 1 Volume Component B. Induction time of 15 minutes should be allowed before application. Can be brushed, rolled, or sprayed on.
Thinning: Thin with TS-605 Thinner. Do not substitute.
Clean-up: Tools and equipment may be cleaned immediately with TS-605 Thinner, acetone, or lacquer thinner.

Product Features:

  1. Provides excellent chemical resistance.
  2. The self-leveling formula reduces brush and roller marks.
  3. Less likely to chalk, yellow or fade.
  4. Provides superior adhesion with a higher build.
  5. Superior color and gloss retention.
  6. Withstands extreme temperatures
  7. Buffing easily removes marks and abrasions.
  8. Long pot life makes it easy to use.
  9. May be brushed rolled or sprayed.
  10. Acceptable for long term submersion
  11. Available in over 100 colors and clear.

What Equipment is Needed to do a Proper Application of Antifouling Bottom Paint?

Here are the items that you will need in addition to the bottom paint for the proper bottom paint application.

60–100 grit – Suitable for the removal of paint or to sand gel coat prior to the application of antifouling paint.
• After sanding remove sanding residue by wiping with a cloth that has been dampened with the proper solvent.
Masking Tape – When it is necessary to mask off areas use a high quality clean edge masking tape, especially when the masking tape will be left on the surface for a long time.
Brushes – For antifouling paints use a natural bristle brush but not necessarily one of as good quality as you would use to apply topside finishes.
Rollers Most solvent resistant rollers will have a phenolic core and will say that they are for use with oil based paints or epoxies. For antifouling paint and epoxy primers, use a 3/8”-1/2” nap roller

For convenience, you can find most needed supplies in our Paint Application Kit.

Which Non-Antifouling Paint is Recommended for Wood?

sailboat-1149519_640Painting a wooden boat on your own can be a daunting task. The amount of information about the correct way to paint a boat is staggering! First time boat owners may be at a loss when trying to make a plan for their first project. The Bottom Paint Store’s aim is to make this process as stress-free as possible so you can enjoy working on your boat and ultimately, enjoy the fruits of your labor!

If you have a boat that sits in the water for long periods of time, but don’t have a problem with fouling in your area, you will need a durable topside boat paint that can be submerged. (Fouling refers to the buildup of slime, algae, barnacles, and other organisms that adhere to the hull of a boat.) To determine what paint is best for your boat, ask yourself these questions:

1. Will my wooden-hulled boat be submerged long-term?

Constant submersion will require a more durable, 2 part coating. The protection that a 2 part coating can provide is superior to almost all single stage paints. Primer is also very important. It provides a surface for the paint to bond with and it also protects the wood from water seepage.

Recommended Primer: Etching Primer TS-664D  Preparing Raw Wood (Unpainted): Bare wood should be sanded smooth with 80 grit paper before the application of TS-664D Etching Primer. Select this primer to fill the grain of the wood and create a smooth easy to adhere to surface for the paint. It has an unusually high amount of solid material, sands beautifully and locks our air and moisture. We recommend allowing the primer to dry for 2-4 hours before sanding with 120 grit paper. Often repeated coats are applied to achieve a smooth finished surface. Repeated primer coats and sanding may be continued until the grain has been filled and the surface is completely smooth. Recommend 180 grit sandpaper for use in finish sanding. Fasteners in wood hulls are always countersunk below the surface of the planks. It is necessary to fill these countersinks in order to achieve a completely smooth finish. Surfacing putties are preferred over epoxy or polyester putties because epoxy putties can be harder to remove should it ever become necessary to remove a plank for repair. Carvel planked boats require a seam compound. Traditional seam compounds are never applied until after the hull has received a primer base coat. Traditional seam compounds should never be applied to bare wood, however, polysulfide seam compounds must be applied only to bare wood. Apply polysulfide seam compounds into the seam prior to applying primer.

 Recommended Paint: Supreme Urethane (TS-66) The most durable, “rough and tough” coating. This can be brushed, sprayed, or rolled. Unless you are experienced with spray equipment the best way for the “do-it-yourself-er” to apply it is the “roll and tip” method. Traditionally, one person rolls a thin coat of paint onto the prepared surface while a second person follows the roller with a brush. Using just the tip of the brush, smooth out the coating in long sweeping strokes. Tipping removes bubbles created by the roller. This product sets up quickly so speedy application and proper thinning will help prevent brush or roller drag. Spraying offers the best film thickness control, however, rolling is often the best way to achieve the recommended maximum Wet Film Thickness which is 4 mils. The recommended DFT (Dry Film Thickness) is 4 mils minimum. Applications applied too thickly may not adhere or level properly, run, sag take longer to cure or result in unwanted amber resin color. Always adhere to the manufacturers recommended WFT and DFT (Dry Film Thickness) for best results. Theoretical coverage is 300 sq.ft/GL. Ironside has a mixing ratio of 7:1 with a 10 minute induction time. Be very careful to mix the paint correctly to avoid problems with curing. Apply 2 or 3 coats to the hull. For best results, recoat within 4 hours or after 24 hours. Sand between coats after 48 hours have elapsed. Recommended minimum cure time is 5 days under most conditions.

2. Will my wooden-hulled boat be hauled out after use?

If the boat will be hauled out after use then a 2 part coating is not absolutely necessary. A less expensive coating can be used and the wooden hull will still have protection.

Recommended Primer: Etching Primer (TS-664D) This primer creates a virtually unbreakable chemical bond to whatever it has been applied to which allows it to be used almost anywhere and for almost any application! Sand the Bare Wood Hull smooth with 80 grit sandpaper. For the 1st coat of primer, thin the primer down 10-15% with Blue Water 975 Reducer and apply to the bare wood. Etching Primer will fill the grain of the wood and create a smooth easy to adhere to surface for the paint. It has an unusually high amount of solid material, sands beautifully and locks out air and moisture. Apply the 2nd coat of primer without thinning. Dries to the touch in 30 minutes, tack free in 1 hour, recoatable in 2 hours, dries hard in 4 hours. We recommend waiting until 4 hours have passed before recoating with primer or paint. Coverage is approximately 250 sq.ft/GL, depending on the texture and porosity of the surface. Apply by brush, roller or spray. Next, Apply your choice of 1 part Epoxy topcoat.

Recommended Paint: Mono-Epoxy Paint Single stage epoxy formula – less hassle than a 2 part epoxy. Mono-Epoxy is highly water-resistant, resistant to chalking, fading & chipping, resists peeling & cracking, weather-resistant, submersible long term. Recommended DFT: 5 mils. Coverage is approximately 250-300 sq. ft. per gallon @ 3 mils wet. For best results recoat within 24-48 hours or sand between applications. Allow top coat film to cure thoroughly before allowing it to enter full service duty. The recommended minimum cure time is 5-7 days under most conditions. DO NOT allow newly applied paint to get wet for a minimum of 48 hours. The dry cured film may be wet sanded and buffed to remove runs and blemishes. See the Mono-Epoxy product data page for more application tips.

Note: Both Supreme Urethane (TS-66) and Mono Epoxy are compatible with Etching Primer (TS-664D). If your boat will not be in the water constantly and you would still like top of the line performance, you can apply a 2 part primer and a 2 part Epoxy Topcoat. There are no hard and fast rules for painting your own boat. That being said, you could also apply a single stage primer like SM-664 and go with a durable 2 part topcoat. Just be sure to follow all manufacturer recommendations for priming, mixing, and thinning to avoid problems with curing.

3. Does the wood hull have a coating on it now?

If the wood hull has a coating on it currently, the suggestions for Question 2 should be followed. There will a few different steps in the prep stage of the project, but everything else will be the same.

Prep: Sand the existing coating with 80-120 grit sandpaper. Wipe down with a clean tack rag. All surfaces must be thoroughly clean and dry before the application of any primer. You don’t have to totally remove all the previous coating. Just try to get rid of all loose paint and be sure that the surface is sound.

Recommended Primer: Etching Primer (TS-664) When applying primer, do not thin it down like you would for bare wood surfaces unless you are spray applying. Some thinner may be used to run the primer through the spray gun. Apply a minimum of 2 coats of primer. Etching Primer should be allowed to dry a minimum of two to three hours before recoating with subsequent primers or marine finish coatings. It should be applied to a dry film thickness between 0.3-0.5 mil.

Recommended Paint: Mono-Epoxy or similar coating listed here. Follow all manufacturer guidelines for each product.

Other Paint Products for Single Day Use

Here are some other products that are not recommended for long-term submersion but can be applied to wood-hulled boats. These products are much less expensive, but are also not as durable and long-lasting as the products mentioned above.

Duralux Yacht Primerinterlux-brightside-polyurethane-28238-500x539duralux-topside-marine-enamel-high-gloss-gallon-10799-500x539 and Duralux Topside Marine Enamel

Pettit EZ Prime and Pettit Easypoxy

Interlux Pre-Kote and Interlux Brightside Polyurethane

For other Helpful “How To” Articles about Topside Boat Paint, Click one of the links below.

Supreme Urethane-the only Non-Antifouling Paint Recommended for Extended Water Exposure

In the vast market of marine paint there are so many differing products to choose from that it is easy to be overwhelmed! We at the Bottom Paint Store want to make this part of the painting process as easy for you as possible. In this How To Article, we will briefly consider a few popular marine paints and when one product might be used in place of another.

Note: None of the marine paints mentioned are Bottom Paints or Antifouling.  Just because a paint product is not “bottom paint” or an antifouling coating does not mean that it can’t be used on the bottom of a boat.  Click the links to go directly to the product page. Read over the Description, Specifications, and How to Use tabs for more detailed information.

Supreme Urethane Paint

Best choice for “Top of the Line” durability – The Ultimate rough and tough coating

            • Withstands temperatures up to 500° F and corrosive chemicals
            • Two Component Acrylic Polyurethane finish
            • Choice of sheen and wide color variety
            • For Primer recommendation see the Product Specifications Tab

Use tabs in link for more information on Specifications and How to Use.