Gelcoat scratches and gouges are easier and cheaper to repair than Awlgrip, if you go with gelcoat, have the builder supply several quarts of matching gel. I can repair a good scratch in an hour, especially having pre-matched gel.
, require application of primer (545) then 2-3 topcoats a day apart. If sprayed could go faster. It should not be compounded in, although I have seen this done, it creates another problem. To "hide" the repair...it is common to paint a panel, sheer to boot. A small spot will nearly always show. You will see the repair.
If you leave a wet cushion, towel, rag, leaves...leave a fender
hanging against the hull, trapping water
...whatever, on Awlgrip...it will blister and bubble wrecking finish.
Awlcraft 2000 can be repaired, buffed in and hide as it it acrylic
...but it is spray only.
Once painted with Awlgip and you are certain it is Awlgrip (same applies to other Lpu brands over themselves) it can be sanded with 400 grit, any small repairs done with 545 (with topcoat build coat) and directly painted without a full prep and full coat with 545 primer. With one topcoat...much cheaper than full conversion.
If it were me I would have gelcoat...hands down, and I paint.
AwlCare is the protectant, great product...use it on my car.
Curious what mineret will say...
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