Building the TotalBoat Sport Dory – Topside Paint

The TotalBoat Sport Dory is very close to completion and after today’s video, it looks ready to row!  Louis sanded down the 2-Part Epoxy Primer and is now ready to apply a thinned coat of TotalBoat Wet Edge Topside Paint.

The secret is finding the right consistency for your project so that the paint flows smoothly onto the surface. It also gives the paint a longer working time which gives you more time to tip the paint out and enhance the finish quality and extend the service life of the coating.

Because the Wet Edge paint lays down flat after application you can roll, brush or spray it. In this case, we’re just going to brush it because we don’t have a large surface area and the laps between each plank may cause the roller to pool up paint and not reach into the corners.

We’re painting one plank at a time, bow to stern. Once we have enough paint on the plank we tip the paint from the wet edge onto the new paint. This minimizes any brush strokes and allows the Wet Edge to lay down flat on its own. You can see the transformation from the matte primer to the smooth and glossy Wet Edge, it really brings the lines of the boat to life. We will most likely apply a second coat once the first coat dries and we are able to sand it.

This will make sure we have complete coverage and our Sport Dory will shine white when she hits the water. Stay tuned for more next week when we flip our Dory back over and get started with some varnish!





17 responses to “Building the TotalBoat Sport Dory – Topside Paint

  1. just discovering this series… so haven’t yet read it all… quite an impressive project and one I’m just starting… nice work…

    a question… my project is an early Boston Whaler Squall.. weighs about 50# over what it should so I assume water saturation… there are a couple of places where intrusion could easily happen…. so drilled a couple of holes in transom and stood her up and got…. nothing….
    any thoughts on how to dewater one of these???

  2. What a great series!! Lou is so full of extremely valuable tips like how to properly load the brush. Note that at. no time was his brush fully loaded up to the ferrule with paint!
    I am amazed that he paints without gloves, every time I have tried to do this, I get paint all over my hands and everything else.
    A valuable series!!

  3. I know “its just painting”, but you made it very informative. I could taste the paint in my coffee. Thanks Lou. It looks great!

  4. I did a 1965 13 Whaler a number of years ago. It was very heavy. They seem to be like a sponge the older they get. I had to let mine sit for a number of weeks and tented with some heat to get any out. Because of the way a Whaler is manufactured, they are difficult to repair. Good luck

  5. Finally, after getting a hundred tips from Lou, I get to contribute a tip: When pouring anything (motor oil, paint thinner) from a can or bottle with an offset spout, hold the can or bottle so the spout is at the TOP, not the bottom. This way, the angle is such that the liquid can’t easily run down the side of the spout.
    Thanks for every enjoyable and educational episode, and for the terrific video and audio quality. I am so grateful for the lack of distracting music and blocks of text that are commonplace.

    1. Great tip. I learned that little piece of wisdom after dumping part of a quart of oil all over by aircraft engine! Now it’s spout up every time!!

  6. I’ve been working on and around boats for over 30 years and I still enjoy watching Lou work his magic. I either learn something new or get great reinforcement that I’m doing things properly by watching these videos. Many thanks, Lou and best wishes for your continued success.

  7. Boat building is the ulimate in woodworking. I’m really just
    beginning my woodworking experinence at 63. It’s fun to learn
    from a master like Lou. I look forward
    to his videos daily…

  8. Hi Lou,

    What does Total Boat recommend for paint brushes? Are you using a natural bristle or synthetic brush? Do you use the thinner solution for cleaning the brushes? BTW if you pour the thinner to the side of the can ie toward your thumb, this will prevent the solution from splashing out.

  9. It speaks well of this TB paint that Lou has good results brushing. I’ve been very happy rolling and tipping it with a foam brush. His comments about adding the thinner were helpful

  10. For someone who doesn’t paint much, you made it look easy and better yet, the finish looks spectacular! I also loved the way you shake a paint can—definitely will adopt this method to my paint shaking repertoire!

  11. Always pick up ideas from watching you, Lou. Never considered thinning the paint right out of the can. “Got” all you do it and read the feedback from the brush you feel as you paint. Elegant.

    Thanks for a great series!

  12. Lou, What about spraying it on. I use an inexpensive sprayer with an air compressor like yours. It allows you to get a nice thin coat on quickly and brush it out.. The thin coat seams to dry more quickly, reducing the recoat time. Keep up the good work. Love your practical solutions to things!

  13. Hey Lou, I got a tip from a “Pin Striper and Letterer” years back. He would use a brush, wipe it off and store it in a can full of Automatic Transmission Fluid, ATF. I asked if causes fish eyes. He said no, because ATF is non-acidic. So I’ve been doing that for years. I take out a brush, wipe it off and dip it in paint and go to town. Thanks Lou for being you!

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