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Old 06-21-2010, 03:22 PM
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Default Time to redo nonskid. Linex or Awlgrip???

Do you guys think I would devalue my boat by having Line-X professionally sprayed on? The Linex option would end having my deck chipped by dropping tools, weights, etc. They can match the ice blue color that is already on the boat. It would also add structural strength and noise reduction. Also, no fading and probably never have to reapply. Lots of pluses.

The Awlgrip would be traditional and easy to swallow for someone if I were to sell the boat in the future. All comments are appreciated. Thank you!
Old 06-21-2010, 06:12 PM
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from a buyers perspective i would have no problem with the awlgrip, the linex may make me a little weary of it , if the linex is like is like rhino lining and some of the others ive seen ,they seem to get a chaulky look, also i think the awlgrip may be easier to clean. if it were me i would pick awlgrip. css
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go to classicSeacraft.com and view Strick's restoration of a 20 ft seacraft. He used Linex and seems pleased. FYI, the thread is around 27 pages long, so to find pictures, start at the end. What ever you decide, please take before and after pictures so we can all learn from your experience.
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I love pure gel cote non skid applied with a pressure Spackle gun. You can put down a white base and then apply a different color texture. You can thicken up the texture to make it higher or lower by adding silica. When it wears it does not change colors. Gulf Coast Yacht Doctor 727-319-9312
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Awlgrip, I doubt I would be interested in a boat with Line-X for the nonskid, but thats me. Also I would guess that Line-X would be very difficult to clean compared to Awlgrip?
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Check out kiwi grip. I just used it on my boat looks great, just waiting to see how it holds up. First day out bloodied the deck with a pile of spanish mackeral cleaned up great. I will try to post some pics.
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Thats my issue with kiwigrip, and Duraback for that matter. There isnt any first hand reports for longevity and durability.....other than what the website provides. The kiwigrip does look nice though.
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Kiwigrip is popular with the bateau.com crowd. http://boatbuildercentral.com/howto/aquasport/20.php
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I have read that the duraback needs a new coat about every year to keep it from chalking but I have no first hand experience.
The Kiwigrip gets lots of good reviews but I wonder about any single part product holding up as well as a catalyzed two-part paint.
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This is not the same Line-X you are used to in trucks! No chaulking,fading or color change issues! I am a Line-X dealer on the west coast of Fl with a bunch of boats under my belt... no more spider cracks,easy to clean, and a nice non-skid. We use a Kevlar reinforced topcoat called Xtra that we spray onto colored Line-X while it is still hot. For even more durability we can spray a clear called Aspart-X over the Xtra. It's a new world for coatings these days in Line-X!! Check some of these pictures or visit my site www.sarasotalinex.com - Brian Line-X of Sarasota


















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Those boats look awsome. Have you ever had any issues with hatches n ot sealing or closing due to tight tolerances? You've almost got me sold. Also, can you give me a ball park figure for a 27 Contender. I will remove all hardware and hatches. All you will have to do is tape and mask.
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I used UltraTuff also sold as TuffCoat at Cabelas upon a recommendation from a buddy who builds skiffs. He's been using for over three years with great results. No peeling or chipping.

http://www.ultratuff.net/utmindex.htm
I sanded my deck taped it and applied three coats and I love it. Cleans up real good too.
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Originally Posted by EODContender View Post
Those boats look awsome. Have you ever had any issues with hatches n ot sealing or closing due to tight tolerances? You've almost got me sold. Also, can you give me a ball park figure for a 27 Contender. I will remove all hardware and hatches. All you will have to do is tape and mask.
Price wise we charge usually around $9 per square foot for boats. If you strip it and such we can get it done for around $7.50 - that is the forum hookup though!! Please do not shop me against Art on it though as he is a friend and I highly recommend him over in Lauderdale!! For the hatches we just need to check the tolerances before we spray to make sure we do not get to thick in certain areas. Like on the 52' Hatteras we encapsulated the hatches and sprayed the edge where the hatches sit. We sprayed the hatches then set them in place and sprayed the deck all at once. This also creates the same texture on the entire deck which looks the best! Check out the non-skid we get!




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Why not re-gelcoat?

BTW--the Line-x looks pretty good
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I would not have sprayed the gutters around the hatch openings but that is not Line-X's fault, that is an owner choice. It does look really good in the pics. Wish I could see one personally.
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Linex is great on rolled gunnel boats and commercial boats and it is a great coating but it will depreciate your contender. A contender should be shiny. I say paint it or re-gelcoat.
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wow, linex has come a long ways. There a company that does a granulated rubber type floor that is really nice and can be sprayed in colors. Its called safefloor. http://www.safe-floor.com/home.html
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In general if you re-gel coat it the spider cracks will simply come back to the surface. The Line-X is flexible and will prevent this from happening.
The hatches fit great on the Hatteras when we were done. Now when you grab them you will receive no more fiberglass splinters. Line-X Xtra is a Kevlar paint that we apply to the Line-X while it is still hot, you get all the shiny that paint has! If you need non-skid it works great. If you want smooth then Imron or Awlgrip is the answer!
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Originally Posted by MakoMyDay View Post
Why not re-gelcoat?

BTW--the Line-x looks pretty good
Because I dont want to keep having to do it over. I would only do the linex where the non skid is and the gunwale caps will get redone with awlgrip and nonskid additive on the same pattern as factory. Also, gelcoat will crack again, and I fish with some ding songs that like to drop crimpers, lead, beer bottles, etc.
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"This is not the same Line-X you are used to in trucks! No chaulking,fading or color change issues! I am a Line-X dealer on the west coast of Fl with a bunch of boats under my belt..."

Do you have recommendation for someone up in Eastern NC you would recommend to do this to a 16' Wahoo Dual Console?

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