Finishing Up: Waterlust’s Teardrop Camper Build

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The Waterlust team has been hard at work this summer building the Chesapeake Light Craft Teardrop Camper. It’s been fun to watch them as they have taken planks and puddles of epoxy and turned it into a real life, moving, beautiful shelter. One which we know, from watching their videos, will take them to the far reaches of the earth, to the beaches and coastlines that they will use to teach us about the ocean. Continue reading

Why You Should Use TotalBoat Epoxy Resin – An Honest Review

We found this review online from an enthused user of TotalBoat Epoxy. It’s ease of use and application makes it a favorite for boatbuilding, boat repair and lots of jobs around the house, too!

It’s so nice when someone else tests and reviews products and processes so you can cut to the chase and get your work done on the boat or at home. Mister Pirate Booty has done just that, as he prepares to fiberglass the port ring that goes around the porthole (window) to his boat.   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!


Boat Painting 101: Priming the Hull

In Step 2 of our Boat Painting 101 series, (Watch part 1 here) we have reached the time to prime! The hull is ready for multiple applications of the TotalBoat 2-Part Epoxy Primer which will form a nice, thick but smooth surface onto which we can apply the topcoat. Brendan has prepared the hull perfectly and this next step goes smoothly as he rolls and sprays applications of the epoxy based primer to create the best painting surface possible on the Black Watch 26 hull.

If your hull isn’t fair and properly prepped, you can almost count on your topcoat being difficult and imperfect. A great topside paint job is easier to maintain and repair than many of the other professionally applied spray jobs, such as AwlGrip. Pay close attention to the directions on the can and data sheet for your product. Each paint is different and will have varied application instructions, induction times and prep requirements. Your attention to detail in this important priming step will ensure that your topsides have the best possible base for a killer paint job that will last and look great.


NEW TotalBoat 2-Part Epoxy Primer

This video came out in November – but now you can buy the NEW 2-Part Epoxy Primer at This two part primer is mixed at a 1 to 1 ratio and is a breeze to work with on your marine (and home!) projects.

We have used it a lot since this video was produced and have mastered spraying, brushing and rolling the 2-part paint and the reviews are all good! Have you tried it yet? And what might you use a 2-Part Epoxy primer on, as opposed to a one part polyurethane?

The answer is: anywhere where protection from the elements is needed. It has superior adhesion and corrosion protection and performs more aggressively than a one part primer, mostly because of the presence of the epoxy in the formula.  Use it above or below the waterline on fiberglass, steel, wood, or aluminum. This high-solids primer may be brushed, rolled or sprayed. Faster drying time and optimal sanding qualities let you build up to 12 mils wet in 3 hours.

For optimal performance and protection under the waterline and as a base primer under antifouling paint, we recommend TotalProtect, a universal high build epoxy primer and barrier coat. Use it both above and below the waterline to prevent and repair gelcoat blistering. Applying TotalProtect will eliminate the possibility of water absorption and migration, the major cause of blistered fiberglass hulls.

TotalProtect is also an excellent anti-corrosive substrate primer for all underwater metals. Use it on keels, aluminum, steel, lead, cast iron, stainless, and bronze.

This two-part 3:1 ratio system is compatible with all antifouling paints. TotalProtect is easy to mix, dries quickly and requires no sanding.

As always, check our website for usage guides, SDS Sheets and Data Sheets on the product page and call out tech hotline for questions. (800-497-0010). You now have options for epoxy based primer from the TotalBoat product line. You’re welcome!

VIDEO OF THE WEEK: Using 5:1 Epoxy Pumps

In doing a video release EVERY Friday (that’s right! A NEW video from us every Friday!) we thought it was important to tackle questions and project issues that arise often in the TotalBoat Tech Help Center. Turns out, they get lots of inquiries about the proper way to use the TotalBoat 5:1 Epoxy pumps – so here you go! This should answer any questions a user might have and sort out uncertainties with the pump colors, the straws that are included and how to attach and trim them and of course the BIG CONFUSION – How many pumps of each resin and hardener to use to get the 5:1 mixture right.

The answer: ONE pump of each. The different pumps are calibrated to deliver 5 parts of the resin with ONE pump, and ONE part of the hardener with a single pump.

Could it be any easier? This video will guide you through installing new pumps and using them. Hope you enjoy! And may your 5:1 epoxy always be just that – 5 parts resin to one part hardener!

And of course, for bigger jobs, you can always pour and measure with our handy TotalBoat mixing cups. You have choices, people! Go for it!

Happy (new video) Friday!


VIDEO: Removing Amine Blush from Cured Epoxy

Frequent users of epoxy, such as the TotalBoat 5:1 Epoxy, will know this dilemma all too well. Amine blush appears after a perfect epoxy job has cured and adds another step to what is most likely a multi-step process to begin with.  It’s easy enough to clean the blush off – and it’s imperative! Leaving it on the cured surface will pretty much guarantee that any coatings applied to the epoxy will not cure or adhere.

There is confusion about how to best remove the blush from cured epoxy, however. Most people assume reaching for a solvent like acetone or mineral spirits will remove the blush and solve the problem – however this is not the case. Using a solvent only worsens the problem, spreading the blush around the finish and possibly even embedding it into the cured epoxy.

Watch the helpful, short video above to learn about how to easily make this problem disappear. And then share the video, comment on it below or on YouTube and let us know what you think. We want to know and we make these videos to demystify seemingly straightforward processes like epoxy application.




NEW VIDEO: Spraying 2-Part Primer & WetEdge Topside Paint

When Paralympic hopefuls, Sarah Skeels and Cindy Walker needed a sweet paint job for their new custom built carbon fiber seat for their Skud 18, Brendan knew just how to attack this very curvaceous seat. Leaving it in its carbon state was not an option because the black carbon fiber would be too hot for crew, Cindy to sit on in the summer months.

The paint job has to be durable to stand up to salt and spray, lots of use and plenty of travel as the boat is shipped all over the globe currently. The 2 ladies are vying for the only US spot on the 2016 Paralympic Skud 18 Sailing Team bound for Rio.  The Skud 18 is a 2 person boat and with 2 US teams competing for the one US berth – every single system aboard has to be top notch and as high performance as possible.

The paint job was an obvious contender for a spray job because of it’s shape. The bottom piece that attaches the seat to the boat (the actuator) is carbon and also needed paint and has even more curves and contours than the seat.

Brendan took it all up to our paint room, a small-ish room with a great ventilation system, a DOOR!  and less dust than the surrounding shop area which seems to make extra.  Watch this new video and see how easy it is to spray paint with the right tools and some great paints. The NEW TotalBoat 2-Part Epoxy Primer is due on shelves before the end of 2015 and makes for a great, very solid and high build finish, perfect for filling pinholes and creating a superior substrate on which to apply your finish coat.

Now you might question why Brendan applied a one-part paint over a 2-part primer. They are totally compatible and very durable in their own rights – so as long as the primer was applied correctly and sanded, cleaned and prepped for a topcoat, the very durable TotalBoat WetEdge Topside paint is a fine choice.  We were excited to see how nicely both paints went on with the sprayer and the flat finish of the WetEdge paint came out great.  Check out the video and then please LIKE and SHARE and subscribe to our YouTube Channel!


It’s Easy to Use Table Top Epoxy

Since your boat is hopefully afloat and you’re spending your idle hours enjoying life on the water, you might be looking around your boats, dreaming up this winter’s project lists and imagining cool improvements to make onboard.

Watch this video we made and consider laminating something cool like a chart (as we did here) or some history about your boat, maybe mementos from a cool cruise or trip – anything, really, into a table or counter top. The TableTop Epoxy is super easy to use (conveniently mixes at a 1:1 ratio) and it works with you to make the project result one you will be happy with for years.  It’s self leveling feature means you don’t have to torment yourself with the application. But as with any project, proper preparation and application is key to a lasting and pleasing result. And TableTop Epoxy will last for years and years without any yellowing or degrading of your surface.

TableTop Epoxy is a new product for TotalBoat and we have taken lots of time researching the best formula for a high building, crystal clear epoxy suitable for your tables, bar tops, counters and more. It is waterproof and looks impressive with a nice thick clear coat showing off your wood grain or something you laminated inside the epoxy.

Try it out in a project on your boat or home and let us know what you think!

Timelapse of Making a New Stem for a 12 1/2

Oh, Lou. The master shipwright was back at it for this video of him making a new stem for the classic 12 1/2 Remora.  In this time-lapse, Lou uses the holes he drilled in the old stem as a pattern to create and laminate a brand new stem, and as usual – he makes it look so darned easy – and FAST!

More love for the time lapse here – as it’s a great way to show the progression of a project that is so important to the hull and therefore important to do right! Gluing the strips and clamping them on the jig he made with his old holes and the clamps is a great way to nail the shape and fit of a new piece. Nothing better than patterning off the old piece – so keep this in mind as you remove old or rotten wood – and try to preserve any pieces or clues that might be helpful in making your new piece.

Need some help with your laminating? – here is a video from Tips from a Shipwright cutting and gluing white oak into strips. These videos will get you going in no time:

Good luck!