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I'm looking at a 34' sailboat with a gorgeous LP painted Flag Blue hull. It's 8 years old and looks much much newer. I almost decided not to look at the boat because I've "heard things" about the upkeep of this color. Can anyone who has had experience with this color and LP please chime in and let me know if I will be spending a great deal more time on the dock caring for the paint if I were to purchase this boat? Thank you for input.
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I think the boat I recently bought may have had original Navy Awlgrip from the late 80s, or at the very least, the past 13 years. It looked really bad with lots of scuffs down to the gel coat. I repainted the transom but wasn't ready to repaint the hull so got someone to buff the color back and another person who matched the paint to get rid of the scratches. It looks absolutely beautiful at 20 feet and pretty good close up. I do need scrub the salt off regularly (not just a rinse down) or it looks streaked, but that is not much work. It is really obvious when I scrape the docks a little too hard....ah well. It also needs to be buffed every 6-8 months to help it keep the shine. I hope this is helps.
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My new-to-me boat is a deep green. It looks beautiful from about 10 feet away. But up close, there are places where the paint has worn through, and where the sun caused the paint to heat up and peel/blister. I love the color, but it will need work and upkeep, and that makes it a bigger pain than typical gelcoat.

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Re: Opinions on LP Blue Hulls

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I'm looking at a 34' sailboat with a gorgeous LP painted Flag Blue hull. It's 8 years old and looks much much newer. I almost decided not to look at the boat because I've "heard things" about the upkeep of this color. Can anyone who has had experience with this color and LP please chime in and let me know if I will be spending a great deal more time on the dock caring for the paint if I were to purchase this boat? Thank you for input.
We've owned a flag blue hulled boat and won't do it again. Great to look at but a bear to keep looking good. Dried salt...... Arghhhhhhh....

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Re: Opinions on LP Blue Hulls

I had my boat painted flag blue about 15 years ago (it was faded blue gel coat before). I haven't done much in the way of maintenance and it still looks good. Last year I did a thorough cleaning with Awlwash and Awlcare and it came out looking real good. I have some streaking where the deck scuppers drain not the hull sides, but overall, I think it looks pretty darn good. To me, there's something about a blue boat with a red bottom and a white boot stripe.
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