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Paint and West System Epoxy

Hello out there! I have spent the last year taking the mutiple layers of paint of the decks of my sailboat. The deck is 3 layers of 5/16" plywood then covered with cloth and West Epoxy. As the boat was new to me in 1997 with 15 years of use I fiqured that if I was going to renew I''d do it right and remove every piece of hardware and get back down to the Epoxy base and at the same time inspect the wood for signs of water damage. Luckly, I found very little. I don''t suspect any movement in the substrate as the cause for the cracking and chipping of the old paint. I suspect the paint and or the applications by previous owner was flawed. I''m not sure what was used for paint previously but it was extremely hard. So hard in fact that sanding with a random orbit using 36 grit pads was such a slow process, I ended up using paint remover. I have contacted the West System people and they suggest that I use Alwgrip. The problem is its'' best applied by the "Pros" and sprayed.I need to do this my self and that means apply by brush. Seeing that the previous paint did not stand up very well, for what ever reason my QUESTION IS What would you use? A one part polyurethane, which is an easier application, is a little softer and (less apt to crack) and resign to the fact to refinish more often Or a two part liner polyurethane which is a more involved application but harder (maybe more prone to cracking) and supposed to have a longer life. I don''t want go through the laborous job of removal again. Anyone out there with a similar situation Thanks
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