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We have a range of topcoat paints, from traditional alkyds like Pilot II or modern silicone alkyds like LUSTRE Gloss and Low Sheen through to advanced two-pack polyurethanes like LUSTRE Gloss and Satin and Hardtop AX . As a general rule the single pack paints are slightly easier to apply and are less expensive, whereas the two-pack paints are much more durable, hard-wearing and keep their gloss and colour much longer. look in Deck Paints for hardwearing topcoats which are good for decks and Varnishes for clear topcoats.
The SML LUSTRE range has been formulated to give the best possible finish for leisure users applying with a brush and roller and are available in 1 liter and 2.5 litre tins. The Jotun range provides the best value, is more suited for spray application and come in 5 liter tins or larger.
Topcoats are available in virtually any colour and also in a range of different gloss levels.
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Formulated by experts - for leisure users wanting professional results. Gives an excellent finish when applied using a brush and/or roller. Gloss and Low Sheen Silicone Alkyd topcoats are a modern alternative to traditional products from the likes of Masons, Craftmaster and Symphony paints. They are better value, available in almost any colour and probably easier to get a good finish. They offer a durable and long-lasting colour for applications such as Canal Boats, Traction Engines and Classic Yachts and Boats. The Gloss and Satin Polyurethanes offer the ultimate in easy to apply topcoats with excellent abrasion resistance, gloss and colour retention but should only be applied over a two-pack primer.
Conseal Touch-Up is a One-Coat combined primer and topcoat for metal. Specifically made to paint and touch-up shipping containers for harsh marine environments and is suitable for a huge range of applications including fences and gates, metal gutters, skips and plant refurbishment. Pioner Topcoat is one of the few topcoats which are suitable for use below the waterline.
Ballastic Black Premium Hull Blacking – A high build bitumen coating that is ideal for use below the waterline on narrowboats, canal boats and for vessels on the inland waterways.
LUSTRE Marine Deck Paint provides a hardwearing finish and is glossy if used on its own or a semi-gloss if used in conjunction with SML Anti-Slip Beads.
SHIELD Bilge Paint is a fast-drying, asy to apply primer/finish coat giving excellent water, diesel and chemical resistance.
An advanced waterborne acrylic emulsion coating for both interior & exterior use. It is fast-drying, and can be applied down to 10° C. It has a gloss finish, with very good gloss retention. It is certified not to spread surface flames, & meets the LEED v4 requirements for VOC content & emissions.
Ballastic Black narrowboat and canal boat hull blacking is an equivalent to Intertuf 16 and Rylards Rytex, but has a higher percentage of volume solids than both products. This means that when applied at the same spreading rate as competitor's products, Ballastic Black will provide a thicker coating which will give better corrosion protection and, perhaps more importantly, at a lower cost. It is a bitumen based coating that is extremely waterproof and easy to apply. It can be applied on bare steel or over existing coatings.
Hardtop AX is one of Jotun's newest glossy topcoats and is excellent for most applications above the waterline (use Hardtop HB for a satin finish). For a self-priming and more flexible topcoat with good anticorrosive properties use Hardtop Flexi and for an Eco solution use isocyanate-free Hardtop CA or Hardtop Optima.
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Topcoats essentially provide a durable colour finish. They achieve this with pigments mixed in various quantities to produce 1000’s of colour variations and contain UV stabilisers to retain that colour. Unfortunately there is no International finish standard so the finish quoted be it gloss, semi-gloss, satin, low sheen or matt is a guide and can vary between products.
The topcoat requires the most attention to get the best results and we have tried to make it easier for brush and roller application with our LUSTRE range. If you have not used a specific topcoat before, and are applying with a brush or roller, we always recommend starting on a less visible area first so you get used to the paint. If there is a single tip for modern paints it would be to not overwork them – apply a good layer and allow it to level, going over the same spot again and again reduces the chance of a smooth finish. If you are spraying, most of our topcoats can use either conventional or airless spray equipment and the details for settings can be found in the ‘Guides’ section within the product details.
If you need help choosing topcoat paints you can send us a message, with as much detail of your project as possible, using the message system below or send us an email to email@example.com.
P.S. Don’t forget the personal protection equipmet and accessories such as paint brushes, rollers, trays, and scuttles. We recommend our SuperSmooth Flock Rollers for applying topcoats. All of our accessories have been tried and tested and are solvent resistant – not something you can guarantee with DIY store application products.