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Old 10-16-2006, 11:42 AM
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I'm considering having my boat painted with awlgrip. I've got a Luhrs 380 convertible. Has anyone gone through this process. How are prices figured? I'm also looking for reccomendations on a good yard to do this. I'm located in Hilton Head, SC.
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Hull & deck, or just hull?
The shop I use is charging around $150 a foot for hull, and around $200 a foot for decks.
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Deck & hull. I have been admiring a 54 bertram that was recently painted. She is beautiful. Twenty odd years and she looks as if she was just launched.

Are the prices you mention for sq ft or ln ft?

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I inquired about getting the red sides of my Scarab painted. The least expensive price I got was $4,000 and the most was $6,750. I couldn't believe it could possibly cost this much as the paint would likely cost less than $300. The guy that wanted $6,750 said that there was 40 hours of just prepping the hull before painting! That's one guy working an entire week to do what? I asked about the "high build" primers I've read about that is supposed to cover most scratches as long as they aren't deep, he said he doesn't use these primers as they don't finish well.

For $6K I'll try to do the work myself using the roll & Tip method after applying a high build primer. I've seen boat done this way and they look great and the materials would probably be under $500.

Unless I'm missing something it's a total rip-off to pay that kind of money to get a 24" x 30' strip of red gelcoat painted.

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Linear foot.
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Awlgrip is great, but be careful about hidden costs. Had a 35' downeast boat awlgripped last spring -- the hull and the entire rubrail. The hulls was sanded for the first show-me coat and after it was sprayed, there were lots of tiny pinholes in the original gelcoat that had been exposed by the sanding. Was told that this happens on 1 out of 300 boats and you don't know you're going to run into it until you sand the boat. Was told that perhaps too much catalyst was used when gelcoat was put into the mold or temperature was not right. Anyway, they had to go around the boat and fill everything, fair it again and sand it again. Boatyard was great about and cut me some slack on the additional labor costs, but the whole job ended up being more expensive than I anticipated, however, the final result was absolutely beautiful.

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Depend's how you want it to look RussH?

Roll & Tip from 6ft is not to bad. Now get 6in from it and there is a lot of diffrence.

FYI: Red is the most expensive color out there. Figure $80qt.

High builb primer may not be nessissary, but if it is. It will need to be topcoated with Awlgrip 545 1gal kit's of that are aproching $200
Reducer's are running almost $50gal.

Now you have a box full of paint. We haven't even started on tape,paper, sandpaper, electricity to run the compressor, a place to spray it and LABOR.
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Hull & deck, or just hull?
The shop I use is charging around $150 a foot for hull, and around $200 a foot for decks.
Where can you get alwgriped for that??? Thats seems awlfuly cheap to me.....the Primer (Awlquick), Topcoat, converter & reducer, would cost nearly 1/3 of that price based on the OP.s size boat! not to mention all the other materials needed......I would think more like $300 per ft & up! Awlgrip is VERY labor intensive!

I got a price for my 32 last fall for 12k ......which is why i did it myself
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My old time buddy is a GM of a boatyard here is San Diego. First let me mention that it is against california law to dump tap water into San Diego Bay because it is not clean enough. He has to capture all rainwater, seal all boats with plastic and have vacuums attached to all sanders. No particles can leave his yard or big fines. With that in mind my other friend asked him how much it would be to paint his 1979 42' Californian LRC. About $40,000 was his reply. The price must be competitive at least here cuz his yard is always full. I ask him about the down turn in business. His reply "rich people never have a down turn". He's been at this yard since the late 70's.

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Old 10-16-2006, 07:05 PM
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Thunderbolt Island is near you, I believe Palmer-Johnson has a yard there, they do great work. Ross Marine in Charleston is another where you can call to get some recommendations. If I were you I would figure somewhere in the $250 to $300 per linear foot, but time all is said and done. Maybe a bit less if you just want to do the hull vs the entire boat and decks.
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Old 10-16-2006, 07:23 PM
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Thanks Steveyacht,
The Bertram I've been drooling over was done at Ross but the owner warned me to stay away. I'm not sure why. I have not checked with anyone in Savannah yet, but as far as I know Palmer Johnson is history. I called one place in Florida and was given a rough price of $50K. At this price I thought I should investigate some more because I do want the entire boat done.

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I painted boats for 100 bucks a foot, hull, and 150 bucks a foot, deck, paint was 250-300$ gal with activator etc......and that was 10 years ago.....with paint jobs, generally, you get what you pay for, it's all in the prep....estimate the job yourself, then double it and you'll be close....Mick
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I say...get to know your boat........do it yourself roll & tip is easy......
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