Any Awlgrip wizards out there?
We're in the midst of roll and tipping our Nantucket
and I'm getting my butt kicked! We've been following the product guide, we used four coats of 545 primer, sanded with guide coats in between -- used water
to make sure she was perfectly smooth and all looked great for painting.
We've been using the red tree mohair rollers (but have tried the little hot dog rollers too) and Corona Europa's and have also tried the Wooster Ultra Pro/Soft which actually seemed to come out better
Temperature is around 80 - 85 degrees and humidity around 70% (South Carolina and July......) hull
is wiped with two rags as recommended as well as tack cloth and we're about as careful as you can be, but still .... you can see light brush strokes in the paint
, I've tried tipping horizontally and vertically about the same results....people come by and say it looks great but when you get up close it has lots of tiny sags....as in everywhere -- every brushstroke sags
We've used 20% thinner, 25% and 33% and tested on glass first and it seems to settle out fine but after 30 minutes or so you can see the sags there too, so it would seem the problem is our mix
The boat is halfway in the shade (starboard side is behind trees and get's mixed sun from 10:00 AM - Noon) then the sun tracks overhead and moves to the port side after 1.
I can see my reflection clear as day in the paint
after it goes on, then shine is good but there are definitely tiny ripples in (not detectable from 10' +...but it's the principal!) when we start hand sanding
with 320 you can really see it, I have 20+ hours wet sanding
this coat with 320 on a block and just by hand and there are tiny ripples everywhere, as in the entire coat - not isolated sags (which is why they don't really stand out when the paint is on), going to have to go back to the orbital with 320 and a feather light touch then go back with block at 400 I think
Some advice I've received from concerned passers by would be to add a drop or two of accelerator, but I'm concerned about it drying too fast and really getting brush strokes or to use some standard (spray) thinner as part of my thinning mix as it evaporates a little faster, but I'm new to awlgrip -- we used Interlux
Perfection on the deck
top of our last boat and it came out great
Any suggestions on trying to find the right mix as I know there are a million different variables.
General words of encouragement also appreciated