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We did meet with the Awlgrip rep this week and followed up with the yard afterwards. What I am about to write is probably going to surprise most of you following this thread, especially given the pictures and information I've posted. Recall, the yard did buff the hull.
Amazingly, the Awlgrip factory technical sales rep inspected the repair and pronounced it suitable. He spent 30-45 minutes with us, closely inspecting the paint, both in the buffed areas and adjacent areas. He found no signs of heavy handed buffing: no scratching, no swirl marks, etc. The rep very clearly stated that he felt with proper care (and application of Awlcare polish), the paint would wear evenly. I can't say I agree, but I also have no ground to argue against this opinion.
Now, there is still some damage around the bootstripe. The yard has agreed to repaint the stripe at their cost. They are also going to clean and polish the entire hull, after which there will be a final evaluation of the repairs. I was pleased they did finally admit their error and take some responsibiity.
In the end, I had to make a decision to accept the judgement of the Awlgrip rep and the offer of the yard, or likely face a long drawn out battle with lawyers and insurance.
I am satisfied....for now, but I am reserving judgement until the Awlcare polishing has been completed. I suppose we truly won't know until a few months down the road. If I have a hull that looks like a checkerboard...I know that I made the wrong choice.
If you guys have more specific questions, I didn't answer, post em up and I'll fill in the details.