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Old 09-03-2015, 12:05 PM   #21
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Darker colors are usually hard to match repair touch up. The look nice as long as you do not mar scratch. Also some brands also easier. Just saying.
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Old 09-03-2015, 12:08 PM   #22
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Darker colors are usually hard to match repair touch up. The look nice as long as you do not mar scratch. Also some brands also easier. Just saying.
That's the benefit of Awlcraft over Awlgrip...
Awlcraft easily reparable, Awlgrip not so much.
I was not aware until I did some research..

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Steve: We just touched up an area on Hobo. We had some of the original Awlcraft paint from 2011/2012. Very easy and I will challenge any one to find the repair. We used a Preval sprayer. We had Awlgrip before and repairs were not a DIY. The one downside to the Awlcraft is it's not as hard as Awlgrip but the ease of repairs makes up for it. Looking forward to seeing Heron when she's all done.

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Old 09-03-2015, 01:02 PM   #24
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Steve: We just touched up an area on Hobo. We had some of the original Awlcraft paint from 2011/2012. Very easy and I will challenge any one to find the repair. We used a Preval sprayer. We had Awlgrip before and repairs were not a DIY. The one downside to the Awlcraft is it's not as hard as Awlgrip but the ease of repairs makes up for it. Looking forward to seeing Heron when she's all done.

https://preval.com/all-products/preval-sprayer/

Thanks larry...good info..
I had to have some repair work done on my Aristo Blue Bristol 35.5 with Awlgrip some years ago. It turned out fine but was definitely a job that required professionals and not inexpensive.....
Awlcraft will be the choice...Plus my yard who will do the work is experienced with spraying it...
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Old 09-03-2015, 01:27 PM   #25
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Steve, painting the spray rails really cleaned up the design. Are they Smart Rails?
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Old 09-03-2015, 01:48 PM   #26
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What's the going rates for paint work on the hull these days?
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Old 09-03-2015, 02:20 PM   #27
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Steve, painting the spray rails really cleaned up the design. Are they Smart Rails?
Agree. Painted rails don't distract the eye as much.
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Old 09-03-2015, 04:49 PM   #28
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Smart rails??
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Old 09-03-2015, 05:24 PM   #29
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Steve, this is about the best I could find on them.

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My Mainship 34 Pilot. I put 13' 6" of smart rails on either side of the bow. It dramatically reduced the amount of spray coming aboard. I added the heavier Taco rails on the chine line of my Blackfin, and achieved a similar result.

Rigid Vinyl Rub Rail: 2 1 16 x 1 7 16 Rigid Spray Rail @ tacomarine.com
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Old 09-03-2015, 05:42 PM   #30
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Steve, this is about the best I could find on them.
Ah! Mine are factory fitted actually..

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Old 11-06-2015, 02:26 PM   #31
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Prep work underway!

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This is exciting. It only gets better from here.
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Old 11-06-2015, 03:34 PM   #33
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This is exciting. It only gets better from here.
Yes it is! I've talked with my paint guy several times now. He really likes the boat and is very anal in his work. I didn't expect him to remove the spray rails, but he says he can do a better job if he does and re-seals them. They are bolted into Nuts molded into the laminate, so no water intrusion issues. Nice attention to detail, albeit more work for him. That and the fact that it will be on display at my Waterfrnt dock for all to see. He knows his work will be on constant display and plans to do a perfect job as a result.

We decided not to take the boot stripe over the Rail, as it will look odd from any angle but directly from the side.....Here's the P-chop, though it shows the boot stripe over the rail...It's gonna look great!

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Old 11-06-2015, 04:37 PM   #35
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You're gonna be real happy when "the shiny" goes on!

BTW: I've worked with Awlgrip, Awlcraft, and Alexseal. I prefer Alexseal since its the best of both worlds, but Awlcraft is good too, just a bit "soft" for my taste and the gloss not as deep. Really, the *PREP* is everything though. Every topcoat paint out there is good in one way or another, but will look bad with poor prep. 99% of the work is prepping. Heck, they shouldn't call it "painting a boat" they should call it "prepping a boat". The shiny stuff is the fun/easy/rewarding part.
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Old 11-16-2015, 03:37 PM   #37
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Wow. That's fast. Are you going to be done this year?
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Old 11-16-2015, 05:10 PM   #39
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Wow. That's fast. Are you going to be done this year?
It all depends on Temps Larry.... 75 degrees for Wedesday so maybe the prime coat will go on..Final color coat, who knows... I pulled it early to give them plenty of time to find a weather window to do the job. As nice as it's been here, I could be boating!
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Will you be changing the spray rails out for Black ones or keeping the White? Done correctly the boot stripe over the rails looks nice.
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