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Old 07-08-2018, 03:50 AM
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I am considering repainting my boat. It is still in great shape,but after removing the bottom paint years ago, it accepts stain easily. My original gel coat is fading. Any suggestions as to what type of paint to go with? I am going to also paint the topside. I looked at doing the entire Hull in Awlgrip. My concern is I leave it in the water when Iím in Florida for about a week each month when I go down to fish and I was told that would be pushing it and risk blistering. I really do not want to go back to bottom paint if at all possible. Any advice would be greatly appreciated.
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Old 07-08-2018, 05:30 AM
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Awlgrip or Alex seal ( preferred) would be an excellent choice for you. Personally, I would do the bottom in Interlux Micron bottom paint at the waterline to the keel (if your florida lifestyle is more than 3-4 months/ year). If its in the water for a week a month 2-3 months / year, then I would do the entire boat in Alex seal paint: topsides, hull all the way to the keel (its tough as nails and 2-3 weeks/ year in the slip is not going to hurt a thing).
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Old 07-08-2018, 03:18 PM
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Originally Posted by sydngoose View Post
Awlgrip or Alex seal ( preferred) would be an excellent choice for you. Personally, I would do the bottom in Interlux Micron bottom paint at the waterline to the keel (if your florida lifestyle is more than 3-4 months/ year). If its in the water for a week a month 2-3 months / year, then I would do the entire boat in Alex seal paint: topsides, hull all the way to the keel (its tough as nails and 2-3 weeks/ year in the slip is not going to hurt a thing).

Gotcha...Sounds like you are a big fan of Alexseal...
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Gotcha...Sounds like you are a big fan of Alexseal...
Its what Awlgrip was 10 years ago: the best
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I just did this
I soda blasted off the bottom. I regelcoated the bottom and used dupont imron on the topsides. so happy. The boat is a 2006. Big fan of Imron.
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I second Alexseal for the for all above the waterline but I would worry about it in the water for 2-3 weeks on the bottom. I thought they didnít recommend more than 2 days submersion. Maybe Iím mixed up. Wouldnít be the first time.
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Old 07-12-2018, 03:21 AM
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Anyone else have any input?
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I've got a 25 contender with Awl Grip on the bottom (10+ years) and a 23 Intrepid with Imron on the bottom (6+ years). Both boats spend up to a week at a time in the water. I would not push it to much past a week though or you will start to see blisters.
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Anyone else have any input?
i dont care for the way AS ages, thats just my opinion based on my own observations and some other industry people locally I know and talk to

people will use what they like to use and are most comfortable with, choose the shop you feel most comfortable with and see what they suggest and will stand behind.
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Old 07-12-2018, 08:06 AM
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My boat was painted with Imron about 8 years ago, its looks as good today as when I picked it up.
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Did my Pursuit in Awlcraft 2000 and came out great. Working on 3rd season
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Did my Pursuit in Awlcraft 2000 and came out great. Working on 3rd season
Entire Hull or waterline up?
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Soda blasted, barrier coated and bottom painted bottom. Awlcraft from rubrail to waterline. Also painted bootstripe.
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Originally Posted by TripleCrownNC View Post
My boat was painted with Imron about 8 years ago, its looks as good today as when I picked it up.
Damn, That was 8 years ago...Time flies TC!
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So, it was suggested by two local,respected painters;..redo gelcoat waterline and below and Awlgrip waterline to rrubrail..and/or, do VC Offshore below waterline and Awlgrip or Alexseal Above waterline. Both recommended not to paint entire Hull....since my entire Hull is blue tone white gelcoat, I’m not crazy about either options..
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I used VC Performance with Alexseal. There are a couple VC bottom paints. VC Performance is a hard epoxy paint that can be wet sanded and buffed. It doesnít polish like a top coat though so donít expect that type of shine. It doesnít have anti fouling properties but is very hard and slick.
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I used VC Performance with Alexseal. There are a couple VC bottom paints. VC Performance is a hard epoxy paint that can be wet sanded and buffed. It doesn’t polish like a top coat though so don’t expect that type of shine. It doesn’t have anti fouling properties but is very hard and slick.
Any pictures of your finished product? How long do you allow your boat to sit in the water with the VC PERFORMANCE bottom?
I also had a recommendation of wet sanding the entire Hull and then having the entire Hull shot with Awlgrip Clear....

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I also had a recommendation of wet sanding the entire Hull and then having the entire Hull shot with Awlgrip Clear....
that would be bad advice
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Any pictures of your finished product? How long do you allow your boat to sit in the water with the VC PERFORMANCE bottom?
I also had a recommendation of wet sanding the entire Hull and then having the entire Hull shot with Awlgrip Clear....

Not sure I have a pic of the bottom. Itís been covered for awhile while Iíve been finishing the inside.
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VC Performance bottom. This has not been wet sanded or buffed. Itís more of a semigloss. I canít seem to find immersion times for it.
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