LEVEL WITH IT: Toplac has excellent self-leveling qualities-brush marks tend to flow out by themselves. But along with technique, the right quantity of thinner (Interlux 333, $14/qt.), makes its leveling properties shine. Again, use your practice board to be sure you get the thinner ratio right.
COLOR TIME: Apply at least two coats of Toplac. Allow the hull to dry overnight between coats. Because changes in humidity and temperature will affect the ratio of the thinner, use a paper bucket to mix just enough paint and thinner for one coat. Expect about 100 square feet of coverage per can. We used a quart-and-a-half to paint our 19-footer.
THE VERDICT: It cost us two weekends and only $488 for the whole job, not including the barn rental. That's cheap, especially when you consider the whispers of "nice boat" it gets with its new green suit.