Join Date: Jun 2000
Location: CT/ Long Island Sound
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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.