I assume you mean "Awl-Grip" paint
and not "awl-craft". Depending upon how the actual Awl-Grip paint
was done you don't want to sand too deep into it unless you want to have that area re-painted at great expense. Awl-Grip paint has a chemistry that migrates the pigment to the bottom of the paint layer and migrates the "clear" to the top. This is what gives it the luxurious deep finish. Sanding
through the upper clear layer will expose the pigment to oxidation and UV and cause it to "bleach" or change color from the rest of the hull's paint job.
- - Normally the boat names
these days are all "vinyl" graphics/lettering that is "wet" applied to the boat. Removing is not difficult but as with anything over time the area "underneath" the name/graphics has been shielded from the environment
and will retain a shadow or color difference from the paint that has been exposed.
- - If the name/graphics were actually painted on top of the Awl-Grip then you have a problem as you don't know what paint was used. However, you can visit a local boat name painter and ask them the best way to get the paint off with minimal damage to the underlying paint job.
- - But the key is to plan a new name/graphic that will overlap and hide where the old name/graphic was located. The vinyl lettering/graphics are good for this as you can apply a whole rectangular "sheet" over the area.
- - If you have already sanded into the Awl-Grip, you will most probably experience a significant color change in that area over time as it oxidizes. Again planning a name/graphic that covers the whole area is the least expensive way of "recovering." Other-wise repainting is the only other option.