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TotalGold Gold Metallic Paint
TotalGold Gold Metallic Paint

TotalGold Gold Metallic Paint


This one-part oil alykd metallic enamel is an excellent alternative to gold leaf gilding. Its warm, gold-effect finish is ideal for boat lettering, painting cove stripes, signs, and decorative finishes. Tested extensively for maximum UV and tarnish resistance. Use indoors or out.

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  • Durable one-part medium oil alkyd resin
  • Bright gold metallic finish is perfect for cove stripes and boat name lettering, decorative quarterboards, and signage
  • Excellent color consistency and UV stability
  • Tested under intense UV and harsh humidity for over 3,000 hours to ensure maximum durability and tarnish resistance
  • For interior and exterior use
  • Easy to apply over fiberglass, gelcoat, wood, primed steel, and previously painted surfaces in good condition. Do not use on aluminum without an etching primer such as TotalBoat Aluminum Boat Etch Wash followed by TotalBoat 2-Part Epoxy Primer.
  • Available in Pints and Quarts

Get the look of gold with a lot less work. For a lot less money.

A boat’s name is an intensely personal thing. If those cold, slap-on vinyl letters don’t do it for you, shun the vinyl and paint it yourself. But what to use? Gold leafing produces radiant results, but it’s expensive and labor-intensive. TotalGold is an affordable one-part enamel that provides the look of real gold for boat lettering, quarterboards, and cove stripes.

Goes on easily and evenly

Getting great results with TotalGold is easy. Spraying results in a consistent metallic gold coating. Achieve similar results brushing by using a quality brush with a high bristle count. If you’re brushing or rolling, just remember to stir the paint in the pot or tray to keep it mixed so you get more of the metal flakes on your brush or roller. If you’re rolling and tipping, roll against the grain if you can, then immediately tip with a good quality brush in the direction of the grain. This simple technique prevents surface air bubbles and ensures a beautiful, smooth gold surface. TotalGold has a satin finish with shiny metallic particles in it. Apply the recommended 2-3 coats for best results. If you want it glossier, apply a layer of one-part varnish or clear coat over it.

As good as real gold?

TotalGold better resembles gilding because it’s more yellow in color than other one-part paints. The metal flakes in it will gradually undergo oxidation to take on a slight green tint over time. Other one-part paints lean toward the green side to begin with, appearing green-gold after oxidation. With this in mind, TotalGold was designed and thoroughly tested to withstand the ravages of weather and UV rays. Testing consisted of continuous exposure to 12 hours of intense UV light, followed by 12 hrs of 100% humidity. At 3,000 hours of non-stop testing, TotalGold continued to show great color and UV stability with zero tarnishing.


  • Primer (fiberglass): TotalBoat Topside Primer
  • Primer (steel): TotalBoat 2-Part Epoxy Primer
  • If using TotalGold on aluminum, apply an etching primer first. Use TotalBoat Aluminum Boat Etch Wash, and follow with TotalBoat 2-Part Epoxy Primer within 1 hour of metal preparation.
  • Finish Sheen/Gloss: Satin (35-40°)
  • Application temperature: 50-90°F; humidity 0-90%
  • Application methods: Brush, roll and tip, or spray
  • Thinning: TotalBoat Special Brushing Thinner 100. Spraying (5-20%); brushing or rolling/tipping (thinning should not be necessary, but if desired, thin 5-10%)
  • Number of coats: 1-2; between coats, sand lightly with 220-grit sandpaper
  • Dry time to touch: 1-1/2 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: 40-50 sq. ft. per pint @ 2 mils dry film thickness; 80-100 sq. ft. per quart @ 2 mils dry film thickness

WARNING: This product can expose you to chemicals including ethylbenzene and cumene, which are known to the State of California to cause cancer, and n-methylpyrrolidone, which is known to the State of California to cause developmental toxicity. For more information, go to

TotalBoat TotalGold Gold Metallic Paint Technical Data

TotalGold Gold Gold Metallic Paint SDS

Frequently‌ ‌Asked‌ ‌Questions‌ ‌

What surfaces can you use TotalGold Gold Metallic Paint on?

TotalGold paint can be applied over fiberglass, gelcoat, wood, primed steel, and previously painted surfaces in good condition. If it’s an aluminum surface, use an etching primer like TotalBoat Aluminum Boat Etch Wash followed by TotalBoat 2-Part Epoxy Primer first.

Can it be used on metal?

Yes, TotalGold can be used on metal like steel.

Can you paint over existing finishes or other gold paints?

If the painted surface is in good condition, sand with 220-grit sandpaper, wipe clean with TotalBoat Special Brushing Thinner 100, then paint. If not, remove old paint, sand smooth with 220-grit sandpaper, remove any sanding residue, wipe clean with TotalBoat Dewaxer & Surface Prep, and then paint.

Do you need to prime bare surfaces before painting?

Yes. Apply topside primer on fiberglass, 2-part epoxy primer on steel, and an etching primer, followed by etch wash and a 2-part epoxy primer on aluminum surfaces.

How many coats of TotalGold do you need to apply?

We recommend applying 1-2 coats of TotalGold metallic paint. Lightly sand between coats with 220-grit sandpaper and wipe the surface clean with TotalBoat Special Brushing Thinner 100 before applying the next coat.

What is the coverage of TotalGold?

The coverage is 40-50 sq. ft. per pint at 2 mils dry film thickness, and 80-100 sq. ft. per quart at 2 mils dry film thickness.

How long before you can apply a second coat?

It’s dependent on the temperature. Dry time to overcoat is 8 hours at 90°F, 12 hours at 70°F, or 16 hours at 50°F.

How long does this gold paint take to dry?

The dry time to touch is 1-1.5 hours at 90°F, 3 hours at 70°F, or 6 hours at 50°F.

Does this paint contain real gold?

No. TotalGold is a 1-part oil alkyd-based paint that is a great alternative to expensive real gold. It gives off a bright metallic finish that gives a similar appearance to gold leaf gilding.

Is TotalGold suitable for outdoor applications or will it fade?

TotalGold is suitable for both indoor and outdoor applications. After extensive, non-stop testing, TotalGold showed superior UV protection and color stability with zero tarnishing.

Can you varnish or use a clear coat over this paint?

Yes, if you want more gloss, you can apply a 1-part varnish or a clear coat over the paint.

Is TotalGold oil or latex-based?

TotalGold is an oil alkyd-based paint.

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