Originally Posted by SVTatia
Peter, I am curious... what did you use that you are able to patch properly...
Taking in the fade factor you need to match paint, that being said. We use a jam gun for small repairs ( Awlgrip needs higher air pressure to flow properly. after the repair, we would wet sand past the spray area two or three inches (1000-1500 grt. dose fine ). Spray repair empty cup and fill with reducer (don't rinse cup) turn fl. needle down and lightly fan edges with slightly pigmented reducer. BE SURE TO SPRAY THE PAINT OUT OF GUN TO GET TO THE THINNER BEFORE BURNING IN REPAIR !!! let dry and do a light wet sand and buff lightly.
We would use a 3M polishing compound and sometimes a nonabrasive SS polish to clean it up. It took me a few try's with the tutoring of a 30+ year painter when I first started. Anyway it can be done but as I said after about 6 mo's. you will start to see a hallo. A good wax and light buff will help the repair but not a cure.
Only having your boat clear coated on top of a paint job will let you do hidden patches as long as the paint color still matches. Then you do not get the hallo when cleared over the repair.
The only way to get good is to do it, and Awlgrip is a very tough paint.
I have 16 years on mine and it has faded a little, but still has a decent shine for the age. Hoping to heal up enough to shoot her this year. good luck on your project