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I''m wondering if anyone has any experience with awlgrip paint. I have a new boat this year with a factory applied dark blue awlgrip hull. It looks great however now that we''ve pulled the boat for the season everwhere where we''ve had a fender the shine is gone. This boat is washed weekly and sailed on a regular basis. I would think this tough finish should be able to withstand a clean fender rub. Any comments? P.S. even the side of the boat with a fender and no dock shows loss of gloss. Gary
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Gary... I have similar problem with my blue hull (Imron). Whatever you do ...don''t wax it! Wax will haze and fade. I''ve had good luck with 3M''s Finesse-it. which is a lot of work to apply and buff but gives a nice gloss again. Best...GB
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Part of the problem is that even "clean" fenders aren''t, and end up sanding down the finish due to airborne grit and (unless you''re on a lake) salt crystals. Gelcoat, even faded, seems to be a tougher surface than awlgrip. Our awlgrip looks so poorly now (at 12-15 years old?) that Finesse doesn''t do much, and we''re having it repainted. Based on your input, we may get fender covers for when we go to the dock next season.
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Finesse-it works well but shouldn''t be necessary for the overall boat for a number of years (depending on your local conditions). I suggest you contact the builder. Perhaps they did not apply the proper thickness of paint. AwlCare is a good product to apply that can extend the life of the paint. I am also very pleased with AwlWash as a detergent.
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Thanks for the info. We are in the process of checking with the Tartan Yachts who painted the boat and US Paint for their input. Gary
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Try cleaning with a vinegar solution. Worked on my friend''s imron job on his liveaboard. Salted up on the windward side of the hull and nothing would remove it.
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