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Old 12-10-2017, 22:07   #1
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Awlgrip vs Interlux

Started some test sanding today and I'm preparing to paint my topside via roll and tip.

I love the Awlgrip Stars & Stripes blue color, but a quart of that stuff is $75-$100! Interlux Brightside is about half that.

A.) is Awlgrip THAT much better?

B.) what's the closest Interlux color to Stars & Stripes blue?
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Re: Awlgrip vs Interlux

I'm not sure comparatively, but I have found Awlgrip to be pretty fantastic. Boat is 33 years old, and the flag blue Awlgrip is still fine.
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I'm not sure comparatively, but I have found Awlgrip to be pretty fantastic. Boat is 33 years old, and the flag blue Awlgrip is still fine.
Mark, are you saying that the paint is 33 years old and still in good nick? That's FANTASTIC if so... no matter what make of paint (or gelcoat) is involved.

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Re: Awlgrip vs Interlux

If you are already painted, make sure that what you have is solvent compatible with what you want to put on by doing a scratch test to the gelcoat, by the book.

I am doing a complete strip of 6 layers of paint on my boat, as the first three are enamel followed by two more of Awlgrip and something hard and plastic in the middle.

Paint jobs age in dog years if you go awlgrip over enamel.
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Mark, are you saying that the paint is 33 years old and still in good nick? That's FANTASTIC if so... no matter what make of paint (or gelcoat) is involved.

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Yes it still looks pretty good. The color has faded slightly compared to new paint, but otherwise it's still fine. It's pretty amazing stuff.
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Re: Awlgrip vs Interlux

Yes Awl Grip is worth the difference in price. Any two part polyurethane is going to outlast a single part poly like Brightside.

AwlGrip was really designed for professional spray application. Since you plan to roll and tip the paint, I suggest Interlux Perfection. It was designed to be brush applied.

I highly suggest you download this book from PT Watercraft: Instruction on rolling paint without tipping for spray like results...

It describes a technique that allows you to just roll the paint on with no tipping needed. It really works. Even I can do it! The short story is to add a little more thinner than the instructions call for. This keeps the paint wet a little longer and allows time for the roller marks to flatten out.

I've done it with the roll and tip method following the instructions exactly and also with the PT Watercraft method. The PT method is much easier and gives a much better result.
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Brightsides looks old after 3 or 4 years.
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