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Old 10-31-2012, 11:25 AM
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I am having some work done on my boat, and also having it painted. The guy doing the work only uses Awlgrip paint. Do any of you guys have pictures of your boat with Awlgrip paint? I am having a hard time deciding on a color...
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Just get their color chart, Awlgrip and is an excellent paint and available in many colors. Most consider Awlgrip to be one the more difficult paints to work with ( but also more durable ). If your mechanic likes it he probably knows what he's doing.
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Hers a few AWLGRIP colors - thats all we use, easy to work with, easy to blend and repair, soap and water keeps it good, no wax, we get 4- 5 yrs on the hulls, patching wear and tear damage and than repaint.
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it's like the Nina, Pinta and the Santa Maria.
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Awlgrip paint, Fighting Lady Yellow and Matterhorn White above. I do prefer the Awlgrip to the Awlcraft.
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Thanks for the pic, I have tried looking at the color chart online, but really cant get a good feel for the colors... The Ice blue looks white... I just need to see the colors on a boat to have a better idea.
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Thanks for the pic, I have tried looking at the color chart online, but really cant get a good feel for the colors... The Ice blue looks white... I just need to see the colors on a boat to have a better idea.
It's doe look white by it self but once you have Ice blue next to white you can see the difference
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Just throwing this out there but you might want to check to see if he works with Alexseal...we've done a ton of work work with Awl Grip and it's absolutely fantastic stuff, but you will notice discoloration when you repair it....to make this as simple as possible, when you spray awl grip its done in two parts, the color goes first and then a catalyst is sprayed that essentially brings out the color in the paint so when you go to repair certain areas the color isn't going to be completely uniform. With Alexseal, the color pigmentation is consistent all the way through the paint, so its blends much easier. Both are great. Hatteras paints all their boats and they used awl grip for quite a while and are now using Alexseal much more frequently....Just my two cents
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Seaboots, just curious 4-5 yrs doesn't seem like all that much time to be getting out of the paint jobs....are they commercially or charter fished? I would just think for all the $ and efforts it costs, you'd get more than that?
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Just throwing this out there but you might want to check to see if he works with Alexseal...we've done a ton of work work with Awl Grip and it's absolutely fantastic stuff, but you will notice discoloration when you repair it....to make this as simple as possible, when you spray awl grip its done in two parts, the color goes first and then a catalyst is sprayed that essentially brings out the color in the paint so when you go to repair certain areas the color isn't going to be completely uniform. With Alexseal, the color pigmentation is consistent all the way through the paint, so its blends much easier. Both are great. Hatteras paints all their boats and they used awl grip for quite a while and are now using Alexseal much more frequently....Just my two cents
OIReelKeeper, doesn't sound like you've ever used the Awlgrip. If you're spraying on the color and then spraying calatyst over the color, then there's your problem right there! You're supposed to mix the paint, catalyst and reducer together before you spray it. On a side note, Alexseal isn't a truly repairable paint either. Look at the paint job 6 months after you buff out your repair. You're going to see a halo around it.
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Both Merritts do charter, but not a lot. In the course of 4 or 5 years, traveling, fishing, patching nicks and scrapes it is easy to repaint, especially since we do it ourselves. Each of the boats has less than $1500 in materials to paint the hulls and it takes 3 of us about 2 days from the time of haulout to prep - remove metal, fill any nicks, sand w 320 and rinse. these hulls we spray - about 30 - 40 min per coat - 2 coats , 2 hrs between coats. No mystery, no big job - and the blue hull is 5 years now.

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Seaboots, just curious 4-5 yrs doesn't seem like all that much time to be getting out of the paint jobs....are they commercially or charter fished? I would just think for all the $ and efforts it costs, you'd get more than that?
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OIReelKeeper, doesn't sound like you've ever used the Awlgrip. If you're spraying on the color and then spraying calatyst over the color, then there's your problem right there! You're supposed to mix the paint, catalyst and reducer together before you spray it. On a side note, Alexseal isn't a truly repairable paint either. Look at the paint job 6 months after you buff out your repair. You're going to see a halo around it.
I've never sprayed anything but a clear over any LPU paint either but I do when possible (everything but white) for future repairs which make them much easier to blend!

Actually Alexseal IS much more repairable than "standard" Awl-Grip and on par with Awl-Craft acrylic and Imron. No matter how good you are no repair on any paint will truly be invisible if you look hard enough and the goal is to hide as much as possible. Buffing opens pores in the paint's protective outler skin that ust be sealed with a wax of some type and that needs reapplication periodically. One difference as I understand it is Awl-Grip as it cures percolates a clear skin to the surface leaving the pigment deeper in the stack whereas Alexseal's pigments are evenly distributed which, if the coating is thick enough, can make repairs easier.
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I've never sprayed anything but a clear over any LPU paint either but I do when possible (everything but white) for future repairs which make them much easier to blend!

Actually Alexseal IS much more repairable than "standard" Awl-Grip and on par with Awl-Craft acrylic and Imron. No matter how good you are no repair on any paint will truly be invisible if you look hard enough and the goal is to hide as much as possible. Buffing opens pores in the paint's protective outler skin that ust be sealed with a wax of some type and that needs reapplication periodically. One difference as I understand it is Awl-Grip as it cures percolates a clear skin to the surface leaving the pigment deeper in the stack whereas Alexseal's pigments are evenly distributed which, if the coating is thick enough, can make repairs easier.
bills106 - You're correct. I personally wouldn't say that Alexseal is on par with AwlCraft or Imron as far as repairability, but it's closer than Standard Awlgrip.
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I just re-painted my hull due to some minor damage caused by another boat. The awl-grip was 6 years old and in great shape when I repainted. My other boat is on its 12th year on an awl-grip job, still looks good. The key is to wash it regurally and do not use any carnuba wax for any reason. My hull is Flag Blue with Oyster topsides, my other boat is all Insignia White.
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bills106 - You're correct. I personally wouldn't say that Alexseal is on par with AwlCraft or Imron as far as repairability, but it's closer than Standard Awlgrip.
It is definitely a much harder paint which to me is a plus, it does take more elbow grease and more aggressive grits at first to cut but can be brought back to full gloss with 800/1500/3000 progressively and Finess-It.
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Thanks guys for the info... I am definitly going awlgrip, and I have heard nothing but good about it. I am just having a time choosing between a light "seafoam"green, or a light "ice" blue. I wish they would have some pictures of boats on there site...
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Don't have a seafoam pic but here's my little skiff with an ice blue hull with ice blue non-skid bordered in snow white. It's actually Alexseal but the colors are identical.
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Bills thanks for clarifying for me...looks like in my attempt to simply it the explanation it was misunderstood. Farm boy, if youre seeing a halo its because you didn't sand down enough of the surround area with decreasing grits to truly do it the right way. To each their own... like I said awl grip is fantastic stuff and is hard as a rock, I'm just saying for color pigmentation and repairs Alexseal is tops
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sorry fellas, next time I'll slow down in my response to make it legible - that was some impressive english right there : )
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Seanrook, there's a guy selling a contender on this forum with the thread title "25' Contender Cuddy w/ twin Suzuki 140's"....it's "sea mist" color...not sure if that's what you're looking for but you can see pics on that thread....
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