Video Of the Week: How to Use Teak Cleaner


Teak can be a showpiece or an eyesore and it doesn’t have to take 8 coats of varnish to have smart looking teak. A 2-part teak cleaner can brighten and protect teak that is in vulnerable places on your boat and save you time and money. It’s easy to use and every boater wants their boat to look sharp so if you have teak aboard, it means you must have some sort of upkeep and regimen to maintain nice looking wood trim.

TotalBoat’s 2-Part Teak Cleaner is a great solution for those who don’t want to varnish. And varnish is not the right solution for all the teak on your boat, like this swim platform that is often under water. Teak cleaner can brighten and protect even the nastiest teak, removing stains, mildew and unsightly marks. It’s easy to use and in minutes improves the condition and appearance of your teak.

See how easy it can be to use the TotalBoat Teak Cleaner. Within minutes you’ll be a happy customer. Happy boating!


Video of the Week: Boat Painting – Waterline & Cove Stripe

In part 4 of our Video of the Week series called Boat Painting 101, it’s time to put the finishing touches on the Black Watch 26’s hull. With the new topsides paint job completed, it’s time to paint the waterline, buff out a few runs and apply a cove stripe for a sharp, finished look. Brendan sprays on 3 coats of TotalBoat Wet Edge Topside Polyurethane and gets great results. The Quantum99 topside paint likes to be buffed when necessary to repair imperfections in the paint job or maybe a ding or scratch from a wild docking maneuver.

Follow along in this final video in the series and see how we get it done!

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Video of the Week: Boat Painting 101 – Spraying Topcoat

After a very thorough prep and priming job on the BlackWatch 26, (see the prep video here, and priming video here) it’s finally time to apply the 2-part polyurethane Quantum 99 Topcoat. This paint is a high-solid topcoat which was chosen for its durability and ease of repair. Most imperfections in a Quantum99 paint job (from the paint job itself or from light damage to the hull and paint job) can be easily buffed and polished out of this superior 2-part paint.   Brendan will be spraying the paint, onto the hull, a fairly new process for him, and as such Jon Boswell of EMC paints is on hand to give him some tips and show him how it’s done.

Keep in mind, this is a pro doing his first spray job. We understand you might not have a spray booth set up in the garage – or have a compressor and spray guns at the ready, but this paint is easily rolled and tipped and levels itself nicely. We thought showing you how he was taught would be a great way to decide how you want to paint your own boat. And this was using a 3M spray gun bought at an automotive store. Nothing too fancy! Best of all is Quantum99’s repairability once hardened. And we will get to that in the next video! Thanks for watching!

Shop Night Opti Repair Clinic

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Shop Night has been the super repair clinic grounds for the Tiverton Yacht Club’s junior program. Their fleet of Optimists needed some love and lots of epoxy and fiberglass. And JD President / TYC Junior Program Grand Master, Mike Mills knew he had the resources. the shop space and all the TotalBoat products needed to help revive the fleet. With a dedicated work force of TYC volunteers and lots of Wednesday Shop Nights and Sunday Morning repair sessions, the boats are coming along nicely and just in time for junior sailing to get going in a few weeks.

Part of what is so cool about shop night is witnessing the different approaches and techniques everyone has to solve different boat repair problems. Experienced boat repair wizards, Wolf, Teresa, Chris and Mike, have been fascinating to watch as they set up a production line style, kamikaze attack on the beat up boats. Everyone is watching how and what the other guy thinks should be done next and the boats are getting prettier, stronger and most of all – sailable again!   Check out some pics from the Tiverton Yacht Club Opti repair clinic! It’s been fun to watch the progression as the boats and their badly damaged blades are repaired.

Customer Story: My Favorite Stripper

My Favorite Stripper

We came across this post on the blog of the SV Ramble On, a Tayana 37. This young couple has big dreams about what they hope to do with their boat and their life savings – and they are documenting their every step on their great blog here. They have great detailed TO-DO lists broken down by category, advice and awe about budgeting a big overhaul and what it really takes to do it all yourself. They are great customers and we thank them for grabbing some of the TotalBoat Stripper and TotalFair fairing compound, and reviewing it here. They liked it so much, of course we had to share with you. Here is what they wrote – or head over to RambleOn’s blog and read it for yourself. (or click above/ read below)

From RambleOn: This weekend I finally started working on stripping the coachroof paint.  Back at the beginning of Spring, I scraped off the top layer of paint.  It seriously took me only a couple of hours because the paint was such shit.  It was so bad I could no longer hose off the boat without hosing off the dock and any neighboring boats because the paint was flaking so badly it looked like it had snowed.  This boat has about four or five layers of paint on it.  The top layer was dingy white color with a gray primer.  Below those are two or three stronger layers of tan, lighter tan and darker tan.

A year or more ago Rich, using a heat gun and scraper, started scraping off all layers of paint and non-skid at the back of the coachroof where the mainsail and staysail winches are located.  I continued this effort with little effect.  I cleared about 12 square inches in an hour.  The original paint and non-skid are really tough.  Those Taiwanese probably used some super industrial and toxic paint that was banned in the U.S. before it was even invented.  Anyway, I told Rich if he wanted the coachroof scraped down to bare gelcoat, he was more than welcome to have at it.  Actually what I did was convince him that we could paint over the old paint and non-skid and it would look just fine.

TotalStrip and bubbled paint

So Rich did a solvent test on the three remaining layers of paint and the top layer appears to be a one-part paint.  We’re planning to use a two-part paint so we have to remove the one-part paint before we can do that.  I’ve been procrastinating this project because I’m tired of scraping (see previous scraping endeavors here, here, and here).  Then a couple of weeks ago Rich sent me a link to Jamestown Distributors for their TotalBoat TotalStrip paint stripper.  I originally didn’t want to use a chemical stripper because my experience with them is that strippers are smelly and messy; plus I didn’t want chemicals running into to the slough (obviously.)  There were no reviews of it and I couldn’t find anything about it on a web search.  But because I’m so done with scraping I said buy it and I’ll try it. Continue reading

Tips from A Shipwright: How to Measure & Cut a Bootstripe

Lou has some brilliant advice for how to get a new waterline stricken on a wooden boat. With some ingenious use of wood strips, a ruler and a saw, Lou is able to create a waterline on this wooden boat that will withstand the test of many coats of topside and boot stripe paint.

Another trick he employs once he has the waterline etched, is the protect the wooden planking of the stripped waterline stripe area with TotalBoat’s Penetrating Epoxy. This clear epoxy is thin and penetrates into the bare wood to protect it from years of saltwater abuse and potential rot. It’s a great solution to protecting and sealing bare wood and is a great application anytime you have stripped paint down to the bare grain. If Lou uses it, you can feel good knowing he understands the importance of adding this layer of protection. Enjoy!


Customer Story: Time to Paint in Alabama

Laurie, a TotalBoat Call Center team member, helped her relatives in Alabama with acquiring what was needed to spiff up their boat. Learning as they go about how to sail and the joys of boat maintenance, they are engaged in a trial by fire experiment with their first boat. With Laurie and our other JD call center tech team members always available to help at the end of the phone – they forge ahead and get it done. Here is their story:
It’s an O’Day22, built in 1972. We bought it ( boat and trailer )  for $500 at a Church garage sale. The bottom looked okay so I figured I could fix up the rest. We gutted the inside, cleaned it , painted it, fixed a few leaks in the windows and ” roof “, learned how to step the mast, and made a gin pole to help keep it straight and safe during the process of raising and lowering it. Am still trying to figure out how to control the main sail while underway, and the rudder at the same time. With the boat lift we bought from you we just finished applying a little more fiberglass to the few scrapes in the hull and with the new bottom paint and topside paint it now looks almost brand new. We are surprised how well the Total Boat Underdog and the Wet Edge topside paint (in Whaler Blue) went on just with rollers and brushes. Thank you for a great product. And with the last few years of practicing with refiberglassing I almost know what I’m doing now, thanks to all of the Call center help with the literature and everything JD sent.
It was real scary trying to lift the boat up off the trailer to paint it but it all worked out very well. The old sails that came with the boat are kind of worn and ripped but hopefully enough to give it a try in the Gulf near Daphne, in Mobile Bay, and also in a small lake near us here in Andalusia, called Point A Lake. I’m trying to have a good sail made right now but haven’t given the sail maker the go ahead yet because of the cost. Barb did most of the painting. I just did the prep work and the trim.
We took out the old toilet and sink and made more room for sitting or sleeping, but only intend to do day sailing for now, and learn what we’re doing while doing it. Of course all the old wiring had to be replaced so we could have running lights if needed, and I had to crawl around in tight spaces under the cockpit area in order to rebuild the motor mount for the necessary outboard motor. We are just going to use a 6 hp Suzuki outboard with a regular shaft instead of the extended shaft because with the adjustable motor mount there is enough depth for the propeller. This way we can also use the new motor on the catamaran I built out of the two 18 ft canoes I’ve built over the past 4 years.
I may still have to replace the the old tabernacle hinge that allows us to step the mast because it is a little bent, but we shall see. Once the motor comes in we hope to see how the whole thing floats and whether or not I’ve learned enough from sailing the canoes to be able to handle the O’Day.
Thanks so much for all your help, Laurie and for the help and products from Jamestown Distributors.

Video of the Week: Boat Painting 101 – Topside Preparation

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Proper preparation is key to a good topside paint job, and there are many steps to preparing a boat for this big undertaking.  It’s not a hard job once you have the pieces you need for the job and a good understanding of the process. But there are some very vital parts of the process that we show you in this video, which can make your paint job a big success or an epic fail.

Watch Brendan from Waterman Marine prepare the hull of this BlackWatch 26 for a total makeover. It starts with some TotalBoat Surface Prep and DeWaxer and goes from there….


Tips from A Shipwright: Surveying a Lobster Boat

Lou is back at this sweet little lobster boat, giving his pal, Rob, help with a proper survey. Lou’s depth of boating and wooden boat knowledge makes him the perfect guy for the job, as he can poke into wood on the transom and know right away what kind of wood it is, how it is holding up and what steps should be taken to make it last (and stay afloat!)

This is part 2 of the Lobster Boat Survey (part 1 is here) and we are just guessing, but this boat seems like a solid bet for Captain Rob and maybe some upcoming work for Lou, the master shipwright? You be the judge!


Bottom Painting: Tips & Research For Results That Last

As a follow up to our Thursday post (read it here) on prepping your boat for bottom paint, Lou Sauzedde continues on his bottom painting mission and is ready to apply bottom paint to this 22-foot Tripp Angler.  He has mixing tips for getting all the solids and sediments off the bottom of the paint can – even if you have your store shake it up – you should plan on spending some time stirring and really working to mix the paint throughly.

Lou also offers tips on how to get hard-to-cover areas and how to roll efficiently and without wasting too much of your paint. Lou paints from the bottom up and advises that you follow the manufacturers instructions for how many coats to apply.

Tips from Lou, like his bottom prep and painting videos, will save you time and money. Combine that with the very thorough JD Bottom Paint Testing, both through our customer survey of more than 1400 customers and through independent testing last summer with Roger William University Marine Science Department and you can paint yourself the whole bottom paint picture. Then add in our complete line of TotalBoat antifouling bottom paints, our tech help hotline and you have yourself an arsenal of information to help you make an informed purchase and get results that last all season long.

For a seriously thorough look at how we research, test and compare the leading bottom paints, all of these resources mentioned above are nicely laid on on our website in our GETTING TO THE BOTTOM OF PAINT section. It is a bounty of helpful information like brand performance comparisons, research results and customer feedback about most of the paints we know our customers like to use.

Jump in to the website and see for yourself.