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It took me a while and quite a bit of wet dry sandpaper and safe for the environment paint remover to finally send Bert and Ernie back to the street!
Is it truly raised, or might it seem that way to the touch, because the gel coat under the old painted name is shiny and protected, while the surrounding is a bit more porous. I ask, because it may not be sanding down the old lettering, but rather renewing everything around it. Can be done, just know what you’re getting into.I'm going to try a wood block with wet sandpaper and see if that will level the raised areas from the old names but it's probably something most of us have to live with.
If you ever seen a high-end repaint on a show car they do an operation called "color sanding" using fine, super fine, and ultra fine, wet paper to get a glass like polish, could you do that on awl grip? I don't know.We're having the same problem with our hailing port. (We're keeping the name.) Underneath the painted-on hailing port is Awlgrip, so sandpaper is not a good idea; it would leave scoremarks. Have been rubbing with mineral spirits and acetone for about three hours so far. Looks like another three or four to go. Yoga is nothing compared to kneeling sideways on the transom scoop with one hand holding on to the stern rail and the other attacking the lettering. Then you get up to refresh the solvent and turn the other way to give each arm a change.
If you read about gel coat repairs you will learn how fine the grit is before polishing wax is applied,Okay consider this thread drifted there is no awl grip on my boat would never even consider using it.
I would just add you're all lumping polishing with super fine papers in with sanding it's not quite the same because super high gloss requires some type of compound whether it's on paper or on a buffing pad. I've used papers up to 1500 grit with great results but not on large projects. I believe it's available up to 3000 grit.
Do you have a reference for this? Awlgrip‘s technology was a soup of chemicals that naturally separated into color and clear gloss. You didn’t apply them separately, let alone multiple coats. Today’s formula is not exactly the original, as some of it’s original ingredients were banned for environmental reasons.Be aware... that the newest/current Awlgrip product is several coats of color, topped by 3 to 4 clear coats. Buffed out... each coat.