DIY & PRO Boat Painting Days – NEXT WEEK – Dec. 13 & 14


Is your boat in need of a fresh topside paint job? Gelcoat can get pretty old and tired and with a good 2-part paint, like EMC’s QUANTUM 99 finishes, you can apply a professional looking paint job on your own. It’s a big job that can be intimidating, and we get that, so we have invited the pros from EMC paints to come to the TotalBoat Workshop for a DEMO DAY.   Continue reading

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!

Paint Pros and DIYers Get Hands-On with Quantum Coatings


The last few days have been busy in the TotalBoat Workshop. We invited the paint pros from Engineered Marine Coatings (EMC) to come up and invite their customers and ours to get a hands-on feel for their Quantum Polyurethane Coatings. With a DIY Day focused on rolling on the 2 Part topside paint, and a PRO Day where pro boatyard painters were invited into the new spray booth to try their hand at spraying their paints.


The newly painted BlackWatch 26 was a great backdrop, with it’s shiny and very smooth new black finish that had been sprayed only 2 days prior. It was rolled out of the booth for the pros who then stepped inside to spray for themselves and see the difference these coatings make on a paint job. In finish and in price, too.


Paint pros from boatyards around the area signed up for individual hour long appointments with the Quantum Formulators to get some one-on-one time spraying, asking questions and doing serious math. With many takers at the end of their time, it was a successful 2 days of demos.

If you missed it, Call our customer hotline at 800-423-0030 to ask about the Genius Bucket for DIY painters or a special visit from Tom at EMC who will come show you how it’s done!


Come to DIY Boat Paint Day – Wed. December 9th

Have you ever tried to paint your boat’s topsides? It isn’t quite as easy as it looks and it’s got to look good – unlike your bottom paint job which nicely hides away for the season it’s in use. “Slapping” paint on the topsides takes skill, patience and lots of preparation…and the right tools for the job. EMC’s Quantum Coatings offer some amazing 2 part primer, paint and varnish options for topsides and wood aboard.  Their new Genius Bucket includes everything you need to paint your boat so you don’t have to struggle with your project list – just grab the Genius Bucket and get painting.

To help celebrate this great new Genius Bucket product, we are inviting all DIY painters to come by JD and meet the paint formulators and geniuses. Our DIY drop in day offers some giveaways (many cool soft coolers to give away!), plenty of great application tips and a chance to ask questions, try your hand at rolling and see for yourself how to apply the EMC Quantum marine coatings.

Stop in any time between 2pm- 7pm next Wednesday, December 9th at Jamestown Distributors location in Bristol. (MAP IT: 17 Peckham Drive, Bristol, RI 02809) and visit with the paint pros. Even if you aren’t painting the boat now – their great painting tips will come in handy time and time again. Spread the word, bring a friend. Snacks, drinks and fun giveaways provided!