- Cost-effective, long-lasting resistance to grime, sludge, and moisture
- Hard, high-gloss coating keeps bilges cleaner and makes troubleshooting easier
- For use on wood, fiberglass, and previously painted surfaces in good condition
- Colors: Available in Gray and White
- Size: Quart and Gallon
- Each order includes two stir sticks and two quart size paint pots
- Not recommended for use on aluminum or steel
Not your father’s bilge paint
TotalBilge is the first and only epoxy-based bilge paint. There’s nothing else quite like it. TotalBilge adheres better, covers smoother, and dries faster, glossier, and harder than what you’re used to. The finish provides longer lasting protection in dirty, greasy, and mildew-prone places. The only thing it doesn’t do is cost more money.
Not just for bilges
Paint TotalBilge on anything you want to protect and maintain easily: examples include your boat’s anchor lockers, compartments, lazarettes, beneath hatches, and inside engine rooms. We’ve even had a customer use it on the floor of a reptile enclosure. It adheres tenaciously to clean, dry, oil-free surfaces.
Not hard to keep clean
A clean bilge spotlights problems like leaking antifreeze, fuel, and oil, so you can act before they become emergencies. Choose a color that makes bilge issues stand out or disappear, depending on your preference. White makes everything easier to see and is just as easy to keep clean as the gray TotalBilge, which is the warmest, lightest shade of gray available. No matter which color you choose, your boat’s bilge will smell better and look cleaner. And, it’ll be a lot easier to keep it that way.
- Finish: High Gloss (85-90°)
- Application temperature: 50-95°F; humidity 0-90%
- Application methods: Brush, roll and tip, or spray
- Thinning (Brush/Roll): TotalBilge should not need thinning if applied to fiberglass or primed surfaces. Use TotalBoat Special Brushing Thinner 100 as follows: 5-10% to increase flow in warm conditions; 1st coat on bare wood substrates should be thinned 10%.
- Thinning (Spray): Xylene, 10-20%
- Number of coats: 1-2; between coats, sand lightly with 100-150-grit sandpaper
- Dry time to touch: 1.5 hrs @ 90°F; 3 hrs @ 70°F; 6 hrs @ 50°F
- Dry time to overcoat: 8 hrs @ 90°F; 12 hrs @ 70°F; 16 hrs @ 50°F
- Coverage: 250-300 sq. ft. per gallon
- Cleanup: TotalBoat Special Brushing Thinner 100, xylene, or TotalBoat Dewaxer & Surface Prep
- Primer: TotalBoat TotalProtect—only mandatory on metals, but may be used on properly prepared wood or fiberglass, if desired.
WARNING: This product can expose you to chemicals including titanium dioxide, ethylbenzene, silica crystalline, and cumene, which are known to the State of California to cause cancer. For more information, go to www.P65Warnings.ca.gov
Frequently Asked Questions
What can TotalBilge Paint be used on?
It may be applied to wood (including plywood), bare fiberglass, gelcoat, epoxy, and previously painted surfaces in good condition. It is not recommended for use on aluminum or steel.
Can it be used as bottom paint, deck paint, or hull paint?
It does not contain antifouling properties, and is not suitable as a bottom paint. Because it does not offer UV protection, exterior applications are not recommended, as sun exposure will cause it to fade. Its slick, gloss finish makes it particularly unsuitable as a deck paint.
Can it be tinted?
TotalBilge can be tinted with up to 20% Wet Edge Topside Paint. More than 20% can detract from TotalBilge’s performance. We do not recommend hardware store tints, as not all are compatible, and could result in poor adhesion and paint performance.
Do I need to prime before using this paint?
Using a primer like TotalProtect is only mandatory for use on metals, but may also be used on properly prepared wood and fiberglass if desired. TotalBilge may be applied over bare fiberglass
How do you prep surfaces for application?
Surfaces must be free of dust, wax, grease, amine blush, and water. Wipe the surface with an appropriate solvent (see detailed instructions). Sand (grit depends on surface), and remove all sanding residue with Special Brushing Thinner 100.
How do I apply TotalBilge?
It can be brushed, rolled, or sprayed. TotalBilge should not require thinning on fiberglass or primed surfaces if brushing or rolling. However, you can add up to 10% TotalBoat Special Brushing Thinner 100 to improve flow or extend the working time when painting in warm weather. A foam roller provides smooth results. If spraying, thin 10-20% with xylene. Allow it to dry thoroughly before overcoating or use. For more information, refer to our step-by-step instructions here.
How many coats do I need to apply?
We recommend applying 1-2 thin coats. Thick coats will trap solvents and prevent proper drying! Film thickness per coats should be no more than 3 mils wet.
What is the coverage of this bilge paint?
250-300 sq ft per gallon, 80-100 square feet per quart.
How long does this paint take to dry?
Dry times to touch and overcoat vary by temperature and humidity. For example, dry time to touch is 1.5 hours at 90ºF, 3 hours at 70ºF, and 6 hours at 50ºF. The dry time to overcoat is 8 hours at 90ºF, 12 hours at 70ºF, and 16 hours at 50ºF. High humidity and cool weather can result in extended dry times. For best results, paint in lower humidity and in temperatures between 50 and 90ºF.