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Topic Review (Newest First)
12-07-2011 06:17 PM
sailortjk1 It is VC-17Extra.
In the pic it has been very recently applied with a roller, I do get some blotchy patches I think because I don't take enough time when mixing the copper powder.
12-07-2011 05:53 PM
Minnewaska
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Originally Posted by Southcoasting View Post
What bottom paint is that? It appears that it has some kind of "chameleon" effect...or is the pic just deceiving and it is really fading?
I will wager VC17.........
12-07-2011 12:09 PM
Southcoasting
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Originally Posted by sailortjk1 View Post
I do listen to the advise given on these fourms, here and else where.
Over time, You get to know the individuals that have the most experience.
I am not sure why anybody would want to disagree with somebody that has the type of experince you can find here. Yes, you will get unsound advise every know and than, but you have to question the source. If somebody new comes along with two years of time on the water and tells you to apply bottom paint to your topsides because it won't rust, are you going to run out and buy VC and apply it to your top sides? Hell no.

My motto; "Stick with the winners."
They are easy to spot a mile away.

Yes, I listen to what is said around here.
Awlwash and Awlcare only products that have ever seen the topsides of our boat.

I do have some spots that are a bit faded; the bumper rash that Main speaks of, but all in all, we like the results.
What bottom paint is that? It appears that it has some kind of "chameleon" effect...or is the pic just deceiving and it is really fading?
12-07-2011 11:28 AM
Barquito My take on this is that both sides are correct. Avoid using abrasives until the paint looks crappy. Then buff and polish to buy yourself a few more seasons before re-painting.
12-07-2011 04:30 AM
jarcher That boat is simply gorgeous!
12-06-2011 11:32 AM
sailortjk1 I do listen to the advise given on these fourms, here and else where.
Over time, You get to know the individuals that have the most experience.
I am not sure why anybody would want to disagree with somebody that has the type of experince you can find here. Yes, you will get unsound advise every know and than, but you have to question the source. If somebody new comes along with two years of time on the water and tells you to apply bottom paint to your topsides because it won't rust, are you going to run out and buy VC and apply it to your top sides? Hell no.

My motto; "Stick with the winners."
They are easy to spot a mile away.

Yes, I listen to what is said around here.
Awlwash and Awlcare only products that have ever seen the topsides of our boat.

I do have some spots that are a bit faded; the bumper rash that Main speaks of, but all in all, we like the results.
12-06-2011 10:49 AM
Southcoasting
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Originally Posted by jarcher View Post
This is a very handy thread! My boat was painted with Awlgrip last winter, and I just finished the first season with it. I got through the entire season without a scratch, but then while I was cleaning it yesterday to apply Awlcare for the winter, I bumped it with the ladder

It made a very slight scratch which I hope won't even be visible from a distance. But, how can a scratch in Awlgrip be repaired?

My boat is Federal Yellow, so slight scratches show up
I can say that in all the scrapes and bruises my topsides had, when applying the oxidation remover to the "colored" scrapes. it removed them...It took lots of buffing with the remover in those spots but it did it...

Don't think this oxidation remover is very harsh so I assume it would be safe but then again, I would probably call the company for this answer...For me, I had nothing to lose as the paint was done in 1996 and was in bad shape...

I've called them and they actually provide pretty good customer support...I would assume they can recommend something to use...I know the company recommends Finesse It II to remove imperfections which I assume will probably remove those scrapes...might take a couple passes but I assume it would do well...Based on what finesse it does it is a "safe" product to use on Awlgrip as an oxydation/scratch remover...
12-06-2011 10:09 AM
jarcher
Awlgrip scratch repair

This is a very handy thread! My boat was painted with Awlgrip last winter, and I just finished the first season with it. I got through the entire season without a scratch, but then while I was cleaning it yesterday to apply Awlcare for the winter, I bumped it with the ladder

It made a very slight scratch which I hope won't even be visible from a distance. But, how can a scratch in Awlgrip be repaired?

My boat is Federal Yellow, so slight scratches show up
12-05-2011 09:32 AM
Southcoasting Well, the PO of my boat mentioned to me that it was Awlgripped but for all I know, it could have been AwlCraft 2000...

I did not wet sand, compound, or wax because I did not want to ruin it in case it was Awlgrip and know these are not recommended on Awlgrip. I knew it had a ton of oxidation due to no preventive care taken previously...Looking at it though, you can see someone took a buffer to it and really roughed it up...

But just by passing the Oxidation remover with a big wool pad with my cheapo Harbor Freight buffer, I was able to get most of the crud off and bring back the original shine...The polishing condition was applied lightly after this but only to provide a conditioner and was applied lightly...Then the Awlcare applied in the end I hope will provide it the protective care it will need to stay in good shape as shown...
12-05-2011 08:57 AM
Minnewaska I bought a boat that had a perfect finish on it and was advertised as awlgrip. When I went to repaint, due to storm damage, the shop called and asked how I knew it was awlgrip. I only knew so, because it was told. They described that they ran a cloth with a solvent (mineral spirits maybe) and some color came off, so they knew it was not awlgrip.

I didn't really matter, as we were grinding down to fair out some rib printing anyway, but I contacted the prior owner to confirm my discovery and he was sure it was awlgrip. I was in touch with the broker that sold it to him some time later, who clarified that it was awlcraft 2000. It is made by Awlgrip, which is actually printed across the top of the can. I do believe the prior owner didn't know the difference. Anyway, Awlcraft is buffable. I couldnt get the pic to attach, so here is a link to the product.

AwlCraft 2000 Acrylic Urethane Topcoat Base Quart

p.s. I have Alexseal on her now.
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