All surfaces must be free of dirt, loose paint,
oil, grease,wax, soap and any other foreign matter.
Clean painted areas by washing with a solution of
2 cups household ammonia per
gallon of water and rinse well. Remove
existing mildew with household bleach.
Do not mix together ammonia and bleach.
Rinse thoroughly and allow to dry.
The entire surface, regardless of age,
must be thoroughly washed with a fiberglass
cleaner to remove all traces of mold release agents
and wax. Sand the gel coat with 80-
120 grit sandpaper to create a
dull, frosty appearance . Wipe the surface with mineral
spirits or a tack rag to remove sanding dust and
residue. Rough surfaces or imperfections
should be repaired. Fill all nicks and gouges
with a fiberglass repair compound
and sand smooth when hard. Remove sanding dust with
mineral spirits or a tack rag.
Sand the surface smooth with 80-120 grit
sandpaper. Wipe the surface with
mineral spirits or xylene to remove
sanding dust and residue.
Fill all screw heads
or small holes with a wood repair compound
Sand smooth and solvent clean. Apply a coat of
Rust-Oleum Marine Coatings Spar
Varnish thinned 10% with mineral spirits to
penetrate and seal the porous grain.
Allow to dry 24 hours and sand smooth with
150 grit sandpaper. Apply one full
coat of Primer for Wood & Fiberglass.
Allow to dry four hours and sand smooth with
150 grit sandpaper. Repeat
Primer application as necessary to achieve smooth
surface. Sand the final coat of Primer
with 220 grit sandpaper then finish with
two coats of Topside Paint.
Bare wood that has been
previously coated with epoxy
must be thoroughly scrubbed with
an ammonia/water-solution, rinsed thoroughly,
then sanded with 120 grit
sandpaper and solvent cleaned. Follow with a coat of
Topside Primer to smooth the surface and provide a
uniform base. Sand and solvent clean
and then proceed with the first coat of
Old paint is in good, sound condition
should be washed thoroughly with mineral spirits
or xylene. Sand smooth with 80 grit sandpaper
and solvent wipe with mineral spirits or a
tack rag to remove residue. Apply a
coat of Rust-Oleum Primer for Wood &
Fiberglass. If the old paint is in poor condition,
remove it with a paint and varnish remover
or by sanding.
Apply when air (ambient) temperature is between
50-90°F(10-32°C) and the relative humidity is below 85%.
Do not apply on extremely humid days (90% humidity
or above) or when rain is threatening. Do not apply in the late
afternoon outdoors as the wet film may be adversely
affected by dew. When working in cooler temperatures, be
sure the air and surface temperatures will remain at or
above 50°F for at least 4 hours after application.
Thoroughly agitate to ensure any settled pigment is
re-dispersed before use. Apply with a
high quality brush, roller, conventional or airless spray.
For brush or roller application, apply
full strength. In hot weather, thin with
5% mineral spirits to maintain a wet edge.
On large, smooth surfaces, apply using
a short nap or foam roller cover followed
immediately by back brushing. If using
conventional spray application,
thin 5% with xylene and apply one thin, even coat.
After four hours, lightly sand
with 150 grit sandpaper and apply a second coat.
Always wipe with a tack cloth immediately
after sanding to remove
any airborne dust that may have settled
on the surface. If two or more coats are applied
within four hours (at 70°F) or
excessive wet film is applied (greater than 5 wet mils)
these conditions will lead to insufficient drying of the
paint and will yield soft paint films. If using airless spray, apply
using 1,600-2,400 psi with a 0.013-0.017 inch tip. If
necessary, thin up to 5% with xylene.
Dries to the touch in 1 hour at 70°F and can
be recoated after 4 hours. Full cure is achieved at 72
Clean up application tools and equipment with xylene.