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New Awlgrip Paint Repair

I am considering having my sailboat repainted dark blue over the winter. The topsides are original 1976 and lack any sort of luster.

Question is if the boat is painted in the correct manner...sanded,sealed..What is the repairability of any scratches or dings.

The marina I am in is exposed not only to Lake Erie wind but also gets a bathtub surge effect from bouncing of the back wall of the marina.

Its a challenge to dock alone so I have made some contact with some dock parts along the way

Thanks in advance
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New Awlgrip Paint Repair

We had our boat awlgripped two seasons ago, and got some scratches fixed at the end of last season. We asked someone we knew to be a real expert to do the repair work, and it is nearly impossible to find where the scratches were, once he''s done. Our awlgrip is white, however. Originally, the gelcoat was horizontal bands of differing shades of blue. (Don''t ask.) The previous owners then had her awlgripped Stars & Stripes blue. Fifteen years or so later, when we bought the boat, that was looking pretty poor, even after long polishing sessions. We decided to get her painted. The painter suggested that dark blue might last (i.e. "look good, like new" ) for about three years, because of the sun heating the surface, moisture in our hull core, and general wear& tear. White, he thought, would be more likely to give us five to eight years of good-looking service. We''ve seen other dark awlgripped boats in our harbor begin to look shabby again in just one season, even when the work is done by reputable yards. Good luck with your decision. It''s expensive, either way.
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