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Old 03-18-2018, 09:53 PM
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I have spent countless spring hours trying to bring back the oxidized flag blue hull since i bought the boat. Search on "Trying to bring back Flag blue gelcoat" for my original posts in March 2013.
Nickmo called it a few years back and this spring it will be painted.
The costs around here in New England are 5k-7k for having it sprayed with Awlgrip or Interlux Perfection.
I have chosen a dark colored blue. (Mauritius Blue YHF991)
White bootstripe, Regulator Logo, like the new hulls today.

According to Interlux's website for a 25' hull it should only take about 3 quarts. But they are recommending 2-3 coats. It can be applied by brushing, rolling or sprayed.

It seems that the most tedious part is taping everything off. I would bet that the cost above is the labor hours of doing all the prep work and the easy part is spraying.

I am going to do it myself with the rolling and tipping technique. It's a 2 person job. 1 person rolls, the other comes in behind with the brush (tipping).

One more note. I thought I would test it out on my fiberglass pram first.

Has anyone tried this before on there reg or have any pointers?

Thanks Dualie.
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Old 03-19-2018, 12:07 AM
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Iíve done this before but it was on both fiberglass and aluminum party boats. Does come out glassy looking No orange peel but big thing is temperature and the environment. Definitely donít want to do this on a windy day..... if you have a sprayer it would be a one person job and take up half the time...... Good Luck
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Old 03-19-2018, 04:01 AM
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Just went through the awlgrip learning curve when i modified the console on my 23. You will need to prime with 545 to get a good bond with gel coat. Plan on at least 3 coats of primer (you will burn through when sanding). The hardest part was learning to apply thin coats and keep the paint from having runs/drips. I had gel coat and faired fiberglass so the priming step ended up being 7 coats before everything was primed and I didn't burn through while sanding. Finished product is definately worth the work though.
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Old 03-19-2018, 10:09 AM
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Interesting. Did you both believe it came out as good or better than having a shop do it? Essentially, would you do it again.

Few questions/comments:

Agreed on the environmental factor. Definitely, wind would be an issue and have to hit the humidity range just right.

I read that that awlgrip is pretty toxic if you spray it and a mask with pumped air is recommended. Kind of the reason I was heading towards Interlux's product.

The hull is in great shape, a few gouges that i will fill in but overall just overly oxidized and the previous owners boat name still shows up, it's gotten worse over the years.

What type of compressor did you use, as far as capacity?

Are you guys pretty certain that I have to prime the hull first before any application.

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Old 03-19-2018, 11:39 AM
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Have you tried wet sanding? It can work miracles and you can touch up the gouges.. As far as the paint toxicity you can get a full mask and an air pump relatively cheap if you cant rent one at a hardware store.

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Old 03-19-2018, 01:35 PM
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Have you tried wet sanding? It can work miracles and you can touch up the gouges..
THIS ^^^

i would give this a shot before trying roll and tip and worst case your prepping for primer.
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Old 03-19-2018, 02:42 PM
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I would definitely do it again, it came out a whole lot better than I expected but it was a stressful process learning how to get the paint to lay right and apply thin coats.

If your going to try it i would recommend a durabloc sanding kit and call the awlgrip specialist at Jamestown, he was very helpful and answered questions as I was going through the actual painting process. I wouldn't waste your time calling awlgrip direct, they were not very helpful or enthusiastic to help a DIY guy, but it is a great product. Jamestown recommended just rolling for what I was doing, but I tried tipping on my last 2 coats of top coat and it made a difference.
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Old 03-19-2018, 07:34 PM
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26FS, BlueChip, Jlynn,
I wet sanded last spring. Started in once section where it was the worst. Used a power dual-action wet sander too at 1500,1200,1000,800 grit. Stopped there.
Came out decent, but you could still see and feel the raising of the gelcoat with your hand.

The dude before me threw up the largest lettering across both sides. So when I peeled it off i thought I could get it. It came out pretty good for a couple of months then it would just come back and I was advertising his website again. lol.

Yeah, I order from Jamestown a lot. Will ping them, thanks for the tip.

Is is fair to say that I have to prime before. Has anyone clocked the hours on this total process?

Jjlynn, any chance you have a pic of your completed work?
thanks!
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Old 03-23-2018, 10:57 AM
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I'm not having much luck posting pics if you want to PM me your email or phone I can send you one. I pick my boat up from getting motors installed April 7th and can send you a bunch then too if you want to wait.
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Old 03-23-2018, 12:19 PM
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26FS, BlueChip, Jlynn,
I wet sanded last spring. Started in once section where it was the worst. Used a power dual-action wet sander too at 1500,1200,1000,800 grit. Stopped there.
Came out decent, but you could still see and feel the raising of the gelcoat with your hand.

The dude before me threw up the largest lettering across both sides. So when I peeled it off i thought I could get it. It came out pretty good for a couple of months then it would just come back and I was advertising his website again. lol.

Yeah, I order from Jamestown a lot. Will ping them, thanks for the tip.

Is is fair to say that I have to prime before. Has anyone clocked the hours on this total process?

Jjlynn, any chance you have a pic of your completed work?
thanks!
If you are going to paint anyway I would go crazy with wet sanding at 800 grit or maybe even a bit more, not gonna hurt anything if you are painting over it. The gelcoat is very thick, if you remove 1/3 of it there is no chance the name still shows up. Even if you just repeat what you did last time I bet there is a chance it goes away since you are removing more material. Whatever you go with good luck! Just took my t top frame off last season and got it powdercoated white, 2 months into the season 2 welds broke and I have to repair and touch up paint a beautiful powder job. The things we do for our boats is hard to explain to normal folk
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