Application Tips

  

 Topcoat Application Guide for Aluminum, Fiberglass or Gel-coated surfaces


1.) Climate Control Prep: Do not apply on days where relative humidity is above 75%, or the temperature below 50°F. The lower the humidity, the better the cure. We advise trying to apply Wearlon when it is below 60% relative humidity. Dehumidifiers, fans and sunshine are always a plus.

2.) Surface Prep: Make sure the paint on a painted hull is not ablative (sacrificial, leaching) and that it is adhering well to the hull before overcoating with Wetlander. Clean and “roughen” the surface of the hull by sanding with 150 grit paper. This enhances the adhesion of Wetlander to the hull. Wipe down the entire area to be coated with an acetone dampened rag. This removes sanding dust, oils, waxes and any other contaminants that could adversely affect adhesion. Keep wiping with the rag until it comes away clean. Mask your boundaries. Masking tape and registration stickers do not adhere well to a Wetlander coated surface. Plan your masking and state ID stickers accordingly.

3.) Mixing Instructions: Wetlander is a 2-component product. Begin by shaking both the “A” and “B” components violently, at least 30 seconds each. Now, pour the entire contents of component “B” into component “A”. Mix together thoroughly. Only catalyze the amount of coating needed for the project. For example, if you want to only use ½ of the container, simply pour out ½ of the A into a clean container, then pour ½ of the B directly into the A. Mix the A and B until completely blended. Once catalyzed, Wetlander has a workable pot life of 1 hour. (Note: catalyzed coating will gradually thicken through the pot life).

4.) Application: *note- Multiple, thin coats are always better than 1 thick coat.
     If Rolling - we recommend a 3/8 inch nap mohair, or “fine finish” roller. When rolling the first coat, Wetlander will fisheye or separate –this is normal. The Wetlander will tighten up with subsequent coats for a uniform surface. Simply wait a few minutes and then smooth the coating out with your roller. The fisheye will diminish. Wait 15-30 minutes before applying the remainder of your catalyzed coating. If you can run your fingers along the surface of Wetlander, it is ready for another layer. Continue until all of your catalyzed coating is used.
     If Spraying - For the smoothest finish, apply by spraying. Wetlander can sometimes have a slight “orange peel” finish when applied by sprayer. This effect is usually the result of either varying application techniques (a learning curve is expected), or allowing the coating to thicken too far in pot life before spraying.
     A foam brush should be kept handy for hard to reach areas and welds, rivets, and seams.

5.) Pull tape within one hour of applying the last coat.

6.) Clean application equipment with water.

7.) Curing: (5-7 day cure) After topcoat completion, wait at least 5 days before putting the boat back into service. If you can press your fingernail into the coating IT IS NOT FULLY CURED YET.

8.) Optional Forced/Faster Curing: (3-4 day cure) Adding heat after application, either by heaters, direct sunlight or other method, will speed up the curing process and will provide a harder coating. If adding heat, do not begin to add the heat until 8 hours after coated surface has been room temperature curing. Then add heat gradually, not to surpass 200 degrees F surface temperature.

9.) Store Wetlander at standard room temperature. Do not allow to freeze. Shelf life of Wetlander products are 4 months. To prolong shelf life, shake the bottles often. Some contents will settle and harden on the bottom.


Refer to Wearlon® Wetlander Data Sheet for additional information, or visit www.BottomCoatings.com/application/

Questions? Call or text Scott Hogan – (518) 469-3612

 

 

Application Guide for Wetlander 2-Layer Kit

Day 1 –Applying Wetlander Primer
1.) Climate Control Prep: Do not apply on days where relative humidity is above 75%, or the temperature below 50°F. The lower the humidity, the better the cure. We advise trying to apply Wearlon when it is below 60% relative humidity. Dehumidifiers, fans and sunshine are always a plus.

2.) Surface Prep: Make sure the paint on a painted hull is not ablative (sacrificial, leaching) and that it is adhering well to the hull before overcoating with Wetlander. Clean and “roughen” the surface of the hull by sanding with 150 grit paper. This enhances the adhesion of Wetlander to the hull. Wipe down the entire area to be coated with an acetone dampened rag. This removes sanding dust, oils, waxes and any other contaminants that could adversely affect adhesion. Keep wiping with the rag until it comes away clean. Mask your boundaries. *Be sure to double layer the masking tape so you can peel off a layer after primer coat and then peel off second layer of tape after topcoat. Masking tape and registration stickers do not adhere well to a Wetlander coated surface, so plan your masking and state ID stickers accordingly.

3.) Mixing Instructions: Wetlander is a 2-component product. Begin by shaking both the “A” and “B” primer components violently, at least 30 seconds each. Now, pour the entire contents of primer component “B” into primer component “A”. Mix together thoroughly. Mix the A and B until completely blended. Once catalyzed, Wetlander has a workable pot life of 1 hour. (Note: catalyzed coating will gradually thicken through the pot life).

4.) Application: *note- Multiple, thin coats are always better than 1 thick coat.
     If Rolling - we recommend a 3/8 inch nap mohair, or “fine finish” roller. When rolling the first coat, Wetlander will fisheye or separate –this is normal. The Wetlander will tighten up with subsequent coats for a uniform surface. Simply wait a few minutes and then smooth the coating out with your roller. The fisheye will diminish. Wait 15-30 minutes before applying the remainder of your catalyzed coating. If you can run your fingers along the surface of Wetlander, it is ready for another layer. Continue until all of your catalyzed coating is used.
     If Spraying - For the smoothest finish, apply by spraying. Wetlander can sometimes have a slight “orange peel” finish when applied by sprayer. This effect is usually the result of either varying application techniques (a learning curve is expected), or allowing the coating to thicken too far in pot life before spraying.
     A foam brush should be kept handy for hard to reach areas and welds, rivets, and seams.

5.) Pull tape (top layer) within one hour of applying the last coat.


Day 2 –Applying Wetlander Topcoat
1) Lightly scuff the Wetlander Primer layer with 220 grit sandpaper. Scuffing the primer layer is a must for good adhesion.

2) Wipe down the lightly hull with a damp rag to remove sanding dust or any other contaminants which may affect adhesion.

3) Shake both the topcoat “A” and “B” components violently, at least 30 seconds each. Pour “B” into “A”.  Mix or shake well.

4) Immediately begin applying the catalyzed topcoat coating to the hull with a roller or spray apparatus.

5) Pull final layer of masking off within 1 hour of final coat.

Additional Wetlander Application Info

Clean application equipment with water.

Curing: Allow 24 hrs. of curing after primer coat. Allow 5-7 days curing after topcoat application, before putting the boat back into service. If you can press your fingernail into the coating IT IS NOT FULLY CURED YET.

Optional Forced/Faster Curing: (3-4 day cure) Adding heat after application, either by heaters, direct sunlight or other method, will speed up the curing process and will provide a harder coating. If adding heat, do not begin to add the heat until 8-plus hours after coating has been room temp curing. Then add heat gradually, not to surpass 200 degrees F surface temp.

Store Wetlander at standard room temperature. Do not allow to freeze. Shelf life of Wetlander products are 4 months. To prolong shelf life, shake the bottles often. Some contents will settle and harden on the bottom.

 

Refer to Wearlon® Wetlander Data Sheet for additional information, or visit www.BottomCoatings.com/application/

                        Questions? Call or text Scott Hogan – (518) 469-3612

Application Guide for Wetlander 3-Layer Kit

Day 1 –Applying Wetlander Primer#1
1.) Climate Control Prep: Do not apply on days where relative humidity is above 75%, or the temperature below 50°F. The lower the humidity, the better the cure. We advise trying to apply Wearlon when it is below 60% relative humidity. Dehumidifiers, fans and sunshine are always a plus.

2.) Surface Prep: Make sure any previous paint on the hull is not ablative (sacrificial, leaching) and adheres well to the hull before overcoating with Wetlander. Clean and “roughen” the surface of the hull by sanding with 150 grit paper. This enhances the adhesion. Wipe down the entire area to be coated with an acetone dampened rag. This removes sanding dust, oils, waxes and any other contaminants that could adversely affect adhesion. Keep wiping with the rag until it comes away clean. Mask your boundaries.
*Its a good idea to triple layer the masking tape so you can peel off a layer after Primer#1, peel off second layer after Primer coat#2 and then the third after Topcoat#3. Masking tape and registration stickers do not adhere well to a Wetlander, so plan accordingly.

3.) Mixing Instructions: Wetlander is a 2-component product. Begin by shaking both the “A” and “B” Primer#1 components violently, at least 30 seconds each. Now, pour the entire contents of Primer#1 component “B” into Primer#1 component “A”. Mix together thoroughly. Mix the A and B until completely blended. Once catalyzed, Wetlander has a workable pot life of 1 hour. (Note: catalyzed coating will gradually thicken through the pot life).

4.) Application: *note- Multiple, thin coats are always better than 1 thick coat.
     If Rolling - we recommend a 3/8 inch nap mohair, or “fine finish” roller. When rolling the first coat, Wetlander will fisheye or separate –this is normal. The Wetlander will tighten up with subsequent coats for a uniform surface. Simply wait a few minutes and then smooth the coating out with your roller. The fisheye will diminish. Wait 15-30 minutes before applying the remainder of your catalyzed coating. Continue until all of your catalyzed coating is used.
     If Spraying - For the smoothest finish, apply by spraying. Wetlander can sometimes have a slight “orange peel” finish when applied by sprayer. This effect is usually the result of either varying application techniques (a learning curve is expected), or allowing the coating to thicken too far in pot life before spraying.
     A foam brush should be kept handy for hard to reach areas and welds, rivets, and seams.

5.) Pull tape (top layer) within one hour of applying the last coat.

Day 2 –Applying Wetlander Primer#2
1.) Note - There is no need to sand Primer layer #1.

2.) Shake the “A” & “B” components violently, at least 30 seconds each. Pour Primer#2 “B” into Primer#2 “A”. Mix or shake well.

3.) Immediately begin applying the catalyzed Primer#2 coating to the hull with a roller or spray apparatus.

4.) Pull tape (2nd layer) within one hour of applying the Primer#2 coat.

Day 3 –Applying Wetlander Topcoat-3
1) Lightly scuff Wetlander Primer#2 layer with 220 grit sandpaper. Scuffing the primer layer is a must for good adhesion.

2) Wipe down the hull with a damp rag to remove sanding dust or any other contaminants which may effect adhesion.

3) Shake both the topcoat “A” and “B” components violently, at least 30 seconds each. Pour “B” into “A”.  Mix or shake well.

4) Immediately begin applying the catalyzed Topcoat#3 coating to the hull with a roller or spray apparatus.

5) Pull final layer of masking off within 1 hour of final coat.

                                                          Additional Wetlander Application Info

Clean application equipment with water.

Curing: Allow 24 hrs after each primer coat AND 5-7 days cure after topcoat.

Optional Forced/Faster Curing: Adding heat after each application, either by heaters, direct sunlight or other method, will speed up the curing process and will provide a harder coating. If adding heat, do not begin to add the heat until 8-plus hours after coating has been room temperature curing. Then add heat gradually, not to surpass 200 degrees F surface temp.

Store Wetlander at standard room temperature. Do not allow to freeze. Shelf life of Wetlander products are 4 months.

Refer to Wearlon® Wetlander Data Sheet for additional information, or visit www.BottomCoatings.com/application/

                                              Questions? Call or text Scott Hogan – (518) 469-3612