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post #21 of 27 Old 03-11-2012
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My hull is Awlgrip Flag Blue as well and has plenty of white scratches, some from me, some from the previous owner: anchor chain, dink dings, docking, hauling...etc. there's just no way to NOT accumulate white scratches over time. The dark color is hotter when it's warm, shows everything, and is a constant worry. I have a small glass container of the Awlgrip but NO activator (I am not going to spend $65 on for the smallest can they sell). So I live with the scratches. When I get around to a new coat of Awlgrip, maybe Imron, think I'll use teal blue, undercoating with gray primer which should be a little easier to care for. I'm dragging my feet in the re-paint schedule partly because I'd rather not worry about scratching a shiny new finish.

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I confess that I DO love the look of a handsome blue hull, but I guess there's no Greeks here, the old Greek fishermen say "Never go to sea in a blue boat, that's Poseidon's color and if he gets jealous of your boat..."

"plenty of white scratches," So you add some black scriblles, toss some brown ones on, sign it "Jackson Pollack" and voila, you've got a fifty million dollar boat.

Hulls are just so...You know, like tennis whites? Nice and proper and all, but doesn't it get b o r i n g after a while?
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Don't want to screw around with Poseidon! I never heard that. Actually my boat is named Philyria (correctly, Philyra-I didn't name her), a daughter of Oceanis and mother of the Centaur.

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Click my user name and look in the albums in my profile. A lot of prep work needs to be done if you want it to look mirror perfect. White hides flaws in the hull. I recommend you have a professional do the work. As my pictures show sometimes things go horribly wrong when heat from a dark color is introduced to a once white cool hull.

If your boat is old you might save yourself some time and strip the hull down to bare fiberglass before you prime and paint. Have a Professional advise you before you proceed! Don't say i didn't warn you

BTW I used "AwlCraft 2000" it is repairable unlike AwlGrip.
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.... As my pictures show sometimes things go horribly wrong when heat from a dark color is introduced to a once white cool hull.
That was indeed a beautiful job.. What a shame - what's the scale of the area in the 'damage' photo - and where on the boat is it?.. it looks like a lot more than cracked paint..

Bummer

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...BTW I used "AwlCraft 2000" it is repairable unlike AwlGrip.
That is true and it can be kept beautiful with annual buffing and good polish. However, it is also much softer, if that's the right word, and will wear much more easily from fender rubbing and the like. Been there, with flag blue Awl2000.

It's a trade off.

As I said above, I decided to go with AlexSeal this time. Its a two part LP, like AwlGrip, but is supposed to be repairable. Invented as the next gen of LP paints by the guy that invented AwlGrip. I'm hoping not to have to test it's repairability and report back.


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That is true and it can be kept beautiful with annual buffing and good polish. However, it is also much softer, if that's the right word, and will wear much more easily from fender rubbing and the like. Been there, with flag blue Awl2000.

It's a trade off.

As I said above, I decided to go with AlexSeal this time. Its a two part LP, like AwlGrip, but is supposed to be repairable. Invented as the next gen of LP paints by the guy that invented AwlGrip. I'm hoping not to have to test it's repairability and report back.
I've noticed that Tim Lackey uses Alexseal exclusively and he sure seems to know what he's doing.

I, myself, personally intend to continue being outspoken and opinionated, intolerant of all fanatics, fools and ignoramuses, deeply suspicious of all those who have "found the answer" and on my bad days, downright rude.
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