Originally Posted by jaschrumpf
This is something that I am still confused about. My hull is navy blue, and I have no idea as to what kind of paint
was used. (The PO had no idea either.)
What would be a good clue as to what kind of paint
was used, and how I should treat it polishing-wise?
If you can determine when it was last painted, that could preclude some of the newer varieties, however, it is still almost impossible to be absolutely certain. Given the uncertainty, treat the care of the paint
as though it was Awlgrip
(which cann't be polished by the inexperienced novice) and you can't go wrong.
Despite some of the warnings, Awlgrip
can be lightly buffed but only if done properly. Unless you have experience doing so, it is best to not try. It is the top surface of Awlgrip
which gives the characteristic shine which can be penetrated with aggressive buffing.
Simply wash and wax the topsides according to the Awlgrip
directions including use of the lest aggressive cleaner which is effective. Scratches which penetrate the paint
can be masked with some of the readily available car touch-up paints available in a wide variety of colors and, although not perfect, can be aesthetically acceptable from a distance.
It all depends on how anal you want to be and as we all see around every marina, some appear to be more into polishing than sailing.