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Old 14-06-2016, 17:32   #1
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Awlgrip touch up

I had a small patch of dry rot that I have cut out, treated the surrounding area and repaired.

To do this I have had to expose a section by removing the Awlgrip paint surface.

Now I am ready to repaint and thought I could touch up the little spot (about the size of a US$ dollar bill) with a brush and some fine artistic work but what i have read is that it must be resprayed in a feathering type pattern.

To respray such a small area seems to be "overkill" but I know nothing.

Has anyone used a brush, is it difficult, and did it turn out OK?

Any tricks you would care to share would be greatly appreciated.
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Old 14-06-2016, 18:00   #2
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Re: Awlgrip touch up

I believe you can't touch up awlgrip as it forms a glazed layer with the pigment below ! If it was awlcraft then thats pretty easy to patch up. I would use a roller rather than a brush ! Good luck
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Old 14-06-2016, 18:15   #3
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Re: Awlgrip touch up

Thanks for that

I am told it is Awlgrip, it was put on by the old owner.

Bit of a bummer really.
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Re: Awlgrip touch up

The tricks all come with problems...I.e. Trying to buff it in, looks nice for a minute but ruins the bond of adjacent coating and the gloss will fail in short order....not recommended.

The repair will be detectable to some extent. It's a boat, not a Ferrari.

It is common to repair "panels" taping off full strips, edge to edge and immediately pulling tape after coating, it "helps" to blend in.

I don't recommend either a brush or roller, unless you roll & tip using a really good brush like a Corona black tip 2" ~$25. This takes a bit of practice, not a good place to learn.
If you use a cheap brush...more than likely you will get brush marks...

Instead use a Preval disposable sprayer ~$6, works just like a spray can, use the tape pull/panel method. Mask adjacent areas. If you try to "spot it in" you will get ugly dry spray. This is the easiest way for a Awlgrip beginner on a small area. Wear a Niosh respirator...


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Very difficult to patch Awlgrip. We have a few dock scrapes. I will making the best of it by thinning and hoping for it to flash over.
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Re: Awlgrip touch up

Thanks for that

I am told it is Awlgrip, it was put on by the old owner.

Bit of a bummer really.
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Thanks Captjcook and others, really appreciate that.
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Re: Awlgrip touch up

Theres a bunch of videos on YouTube that give pointers on rolling and tipping Awlgrip. Its not a fun job. Must be primed and you need to mix with a brush converter. Awlgrip is also very toxic.

I just did a section of my bow that got dinged up by a loose anchor. I looks OK from 25 feet away. But overall Im not pleased.


My awlgrip job is 10 years old and Im looking to get it repainted in the fall. Will be looking to use something other than Awlgrip.
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Experts can repair Awlgrip with Awlcraft (same colors); not a job for the inexperienced... pros do an amazing job at this stuff...
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Personally had an awlcraft paint job done by a supposed pro here in Thailand. Very poor job and an absolute nightmare. Now we use Jotun Hardtop its a tenth of the price ! Looks just as good and wears just as well !
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Re: Awlgrip touch up

I patched up awl grip before, a great job from 10 meters! Problem I had was the colour match, the job itself was fine just with a brush and fine wet and dry. Would not hesitate to use it again.



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Re: Awlgrip touch up

Also I don't think it is a retail product, you need to get it from a professional painter, which is what I did, so it was him that got the colour wrong not me!



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