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Old 08-02-2012, 10:00   #16
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Re: Restoring Awlgrip Paint

Hi there, sorry to drag up an old thread, but I have this exact problem, and you guys seem to know what you are talking about.
Is it really possible to get a proper finish by roll and tipping a clear coat over flatted back awlgrip?
How long do you think that would take for a 47 foot yacht?
Are there any temperature considerations when applying the paint? i.e. can it be too cold.
If I have never roll and tipped before should I even attempt it?

My boat is dark blue Awlgrip which the previous owner has used T-cut (chemical cutter meant for car paint) and therefore trashed the finish. To be fair the awlgrip is probably 10+ years old so probably had no finish left anyway.


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Old 08-02-2012, 15:32   #17
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Re: Restoring Awlgrip Paint

10 years is the max lifespan to expect from AwlGrip.

If you roll / tip clear coat, over a chalky worn out surface, (after prep), it will shine again, but not consistently.

You need very good working conditions... Dry, low dust, Over 55 degrees all day / night, or at least during application, and then cover the boat to keep the dew off of it.

It takes two people, a LOT of skill, and a huge amount of expense and work.

I find spraying much easier than roller tip, but you need to know what you're doing. The application guide book is 3/4" thick, btw!

Unless you learn on something else... I suggest that you save your hundreds, and hire a pro, if high quality results matter to you. Then, skip primer, forget clear coat, and just spray two top coats, (assuming a smooth surface).

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Old 09-02-2012, 08:05   #18
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Re: Restoring Awlgrip Paint

Thanks for the sound advice.
I managed to get hold of the guy who painted her and it turns out the paint is not Awlgrip after all. It's a acrylic urethane gloss (Leighs Paints) and according to the guy on their technical hotline, it should be fine to compound back and buff\polish up.
So back to plan A and panic over (for now).
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Re: Restoring Awlgrip Paint

Originally Posted by imagine2frolic View Post
I have read the same about buffing AWL-GRIP. I have painted Imagine with the roll & tip method. If your paint is in good shape. Just a coat would do her fine with the same color. It probably cost more in sand paper than paint.......i2f
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