OK folks -- time to update this old thread. I bit the bullet and painted using Awlcraft 2000 in Navy
Blue. I chose Awlcraft over Awlgrip because of repairability. I considered other brands, but the contractor I hired uses Awlgrip products and I went with their choice.
After the last series of posts I went back to using compounding and wax for a few years.
I had to start each Spring with this porous faded gelcoat
surface before bringing the shine back to the gelcoat
. The gelcoat was shot, and even the top-rated waxes wouldn't last the whole year. I keep the boat on a mooring
, and mid-season topsides waxing isn't practical:
Compounding would bring it back, though. When I was through compounding it would look like this.
But that wouldn't last.
So I bit the bullet and hired Cooley Marine
Management to paint
the boat. Cooley Marine Management LLC - Home
Their quality is excellent and they kept every commitment. Very nice to work with, and I would recommend them.
Here are a few images
to show the results: