- Extremely durable polyurethane paint for aluminum & galvanized metal boats
- Adheres strongly—no priming required
- Dries very fast—overcoat in 1 hour @ 72°F
- Finish resists scratches, abrasion, chemicals, water, and UV damage
- Simple prep work and fast-drying formula minimize application time
- Easy to apply by brush, roller, or spraying
- For use above or below the waterline on boats used in fresh or salt water
- Colors can be combined to create custom camo patterns
- Non-reflective finish improves concealment
- Low-VOC, low-odor, chromate-free formula is eco and user friendly
- Cleans up easily with soap and water
- Colors: Army Green, Earth Brown, Khaki, Black, White, Light Gray
- Sizes: Quart and Gallon
Won’t improve your aim or boost your catch rate, but sure makes your boat look good
Left to the elements, aluminum boats form a tough oxide film that resists corrosion—but that protection isn’t pretty. Some duck hunters and anglers see oxidation as a thing of beauty, but if you’re wanting to ditch that dull, dusty, gritty, gray look in favor of an attractive, non-reflective finish, apply a few coats of TotalBoat Aluminum Boat Paint. Fast-drying formula does not require priming, and provides a smooth finish that doesn’t just look good, it helps reduce drag.
No etching, no priming, and fast drying means reduced application time
With TotalBoat Aluminum Boat Paint, you can start painting sooner and finish faster because it bonds strongly to properly prepared substrates without requiring etching or priming. It also dries extremely fast, so you can recoat without sanding in just 1 hour (@ 72°F). Apply 2-3 coats, wait 12 hours, sand before the final coat. That’s it. This low-odor, eco-friendly solution is also easy to clean up with soap and water.
Tough paint holds up in tough conditions
Without a doubt, bad weather means good fishing. Good waterfowl-hunting weather can also be downright foul, with high winds, driving rain, and bitter cold. Aluminum boats can take a real beating not just from the elements, but from spilled chemicals and hard use. TotalBoat Aluminum Boat Paint adheres strongly to form a long-lasting coating that protects against chemical spills, corrosion, water damage, and abrasion. No rusting, fading, chipping, or peeling—just a tougher, more durable finish.
Comes in camo colors to maintain your hide
Whether you’re duck hunting from a layout boat hiding in plain sight, waiting in a boat blind tucked among the reeds, or jigging from a jon boat, our durable Aluminum Boat Paint comes in colors that help conceal your boat from things that fly over it or swim under it.
For anglers, in case it matters to the fish—or at least you think it might—you can paint the bottom of your boat in fish-friendly colors like White, Light Gray, or Black, so they’ll think you’re nothing more than a harmless cloud drifting overhead. For duck hunters, it’s easy to paint a custom camo pattern using Khaki, Earth Brown, and Army Green with stencils you create yourself or buy online. For maximum concealment, choose stencil patterns that mimic the foliage in your lake, creek mouth, or ocean setting. Just prep the boat as directed, then apply paint for one camo layer at a time. It’s also great for blinds, trailers, and other things you might want to hide with a non-reflective finish that blends into natural settings.
- Finish: Low sheen, non-reflective
- Application methods: Brush, roll, or spray
- Application temperature: 50-90°F
- Thinner/reducer: Water (up to 20% maximum)
- Cleanup: Clean up with soap and water before Aluminum Boat Paint cures
- Number of coats: 2-3
- Dry time to overcoat (minimum): 1 hour @ 72°F (no sanding needed between build coats)
- Time to recoat without sanding: Up to 12 hours after previous coat
- Dry time before use: 48 hours, minimum (for partial water submersion)
- VOC content: Less than 75 g/L
- Storage notes: Keep from freezing. Store locked up.
- Coverage: 80-100 sq. ft. per quart; 320-400 sq. ft. per gallon
Tips: TotalBoat Aluminum Boat Paint will adhere strongly when applied directly to properly prepared bare metal and previously painted aluminum or galvanized metal surfaces in good condition. For maximum adhesion on bare aluminum, we recommend applying TotalBoat Aluminum Boat Etch Wash prior painting. For superior antifouling protection below the waterline, we recommend TotalBoat AlumiPaint AF, a bottom paint specifically formulated for aluminum boats.
To make it easy to prep and apply paint, elevate your boat for better access. If your boat is trailered, the TotalBoat Trailer-Mounted Boat Lift lets you raise your boat off the trailer by yourself for painting and maintenance. It’s adjustable to accommodate a wide range of boat sizes and shapes. If your boat has any leaking rivets, cracks, or seams, use our 2-part epoxy adhesive sealer to make quick repairs before painting.
Frequently Asked Questions
What can Aluminum Boat Topside Paint be used on?
It’s formulated for use inside and out on aluminum duck boats, jon boats, bass boats, pontoon boats, fishing boats, and canoes. It can also be used on masts, booms, and spreaders. This paint will also work on steel, fiberglass, and wood, with proper surface preparation.
Can it be used for non-marine applications?
Yes, this paint works well on aluminum railings, outdoor furniture, mailboxes, and other exterior aluminum surfaces.
Can this paint be used for antifouling protection?
While TotalBoat Aluminum Boat Paint can be used above or below the waterline, it contains no antifouling properties. We recommend TotalBoat AlumiPaint AF bottom paint for maximum protection against barnacles, shellfish, slime, and weeds. Do not apply over existing bottom paints!
Can Aluminum Boat Paint be used on stainless steel?
Steel should be sanded or ground to bare, shiny metal. For best results, sand the surface with 220-grit sandpaper, and remove all sanding residue. Wipe the surface clean with denatured alcohol or acetone using a clean, lint-free, cotton rag. Allow the surface to dry completely before painting.
Can this paint be applied over wood that was sealed with two-part epoxy?
Yes, this can be used over epoxy sealed wood once the epoxy has fully cured.
Is this a high-gloss paint?
Aluminum Boat Paint dries to a low sheen finish that hides imperfections. It is also easy to create a camo or natural concealment finish perfect for boats and dinghies used for hunting.
How do I apply this paint?
Aluminum Boat Paint can be applied by brush, roller, or spray equipment. We recommend applying thebetween 50-90°F when weather and conditions will not affect the paint finish or proper drying. Prior to the final coat, wait at least 12 hours after applying, sand lightly with 320-grit sandpaper to remove any imperfections, and remove any sanding residue before applying the final coat. For more information, refer to our step-by-step instructions here.
Do I need to etch and prime before using the Aluminum Topside Paint?
No, you do not. With TotalBoat Aluminum Boat Paint, etching is optional and may improve adhesion, but what’s most important is that this unique paint is designed to be applied directly to shiny, bare aluminum. It has an advanced polyurethane formula that makes it bond strongly and durably without etching or priming first.
How do I prepare surfaces for application?
Surface prep is fast and easy for bare aluminum in good condition—just clean thoroughly to remove any dirt, oil, grease, or contaminants, then dry completely. If the bare aluminum has a dull, oxidized look, use 220-grit to sand until shiny, remove sanding residue, wipe with denatured alcohol or use TotalBoat Aluminum Boat Etch Wash as directed, and allow to dry completely before immediately applying TotalBoat Aluminum Boat Paint. For more information on preparation, refer to our technical data sheet.
How many coats do I need to apply?
We recommend applying 2-3 coats.
What is the typical coverage of this paint?
The coverage of TotalBoat Aluminum Topside Paint is 350-400 sq ft/gal, or 85-100 square feet at 2-3 mils thickness dry.
Can this paint be sprayed? Does it need to be thinned for spraying?
Yes. A large spray tip works best. This paint may be thinned up to 20% with water for spray application. A large foam roller also yields a finish similar to spraying.
How long does Aluminum Boat Paint take to dry?
The dry time to overcoat is 1 hour at 72°F (no sanding is needed between build coats). Time to recoat without sanding is up to 12 hours after the previous coat. The dry time before use is a minimum of 48 hours for partial water submersion.