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Re: DECK PAINT PREP: To fair / fiberglass or just prime?
Primer, even a high build primer, is no substitute for proper prep. No matter what primer you use, the basic rule with Awlgrip, is that you cannot rely on your paint and primer to hide anything. Awl-Grip magnifies surface imperfections.
I don't know what your expectations are, but the pictures you provided show a deck that isn't anywhere close to being ready to paint unless you'll be satisfied with a rather sad looking, lumpy deck. I was going to say amateurish, but a lot of amateurs achieve stunning results with two-part coatings.
Only you know what sort of results you're willing to accept. If someone with Awlgrip experience could walk through your marina with you, and you could point to boats that have the finish quality you're expecting to achieve, that would clear things pretty quickly (however impractical).
If I was coating my entire deck, I doubt I would go with the Kiwi for the non-skid. I'd be more inclined to go with Awl-Grip everywhere, taping off if I wanted a two-tone, and using grit on the deck in the non-skid areas. But, whether you use Kiwi or grit is really the least of your issues.