Thread Tools Display Modes
Old 10-08-2015, 10:48 PM   #1
Senior Member
HenryD's Avatar
City: On the Great Loop - cruising down the Tombigbee
Country: USA
Vessel Name: Seven Tenths
Vessel Model: Mirage / Great Harbour 47
Join Date: Dec 2012
Posts: 237
Awlgrip touch-up

I have a boat that was painted with Awlgrip SkyBlue paint about 12-13 years ago. I have many scratches, cracks and some paint bubbles that I want to sand and fix.
I was told by one boat yard that they can create a touch-up kit where they would pre-mix the components and colors to match my current faded/aged paint. This does not make sense to me based on the 3-4 components needed to mix for Awlgrip but I have a lot to learn about multi-part paints.
I have used a Preval sprayer to paint my transom (it took me 4 tries) 7 years ago.
Now I am looking to paint small areas - 2-3" areas.
Can a touch-up be made and then sealed until used?

HenryD is online now   Reply With Quote
Old 10-09-2015, 12:27 AM   #2
Capt.Bill11's Avatar
City: Sarasota/Ft. Lauderdale
Country: USA
Join Date: Apr 2014
Posts: 4,534
I'm assuming they mean they could mix and match the color and put a kit together that you could mix at the time of use.

But Awlgrip that old is pretty much at or passed the end of its life. Although you should be able to buff it out. If it's really faded and chalky you'd need to wet sand it first.

Capt.Bill11 is online now   Reply With Quote
Old 10-09-2015, 02:32 AM   #3
Senior Member
City: hawaii
Country: usa
Vessel Name: #31
Vessel Model: ex-Navy MUB 50 fish/cruise
Join Date: Aug 2013
Posts: 120
You have certainly got your money's worth out of the first paint job, and it sounds like its time to repaint.
Break out the sander and the Awlfair, its party time!
kapnd is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-09-2015, 07:18 AM   #4
TF Site Team
Larry M's Avatar
City: Friday Harbor, WA
Country: USA
Vessel Name: Hobo
Vessel Model: Krogen 42-120
Join Date: Nov 2008
Posts: 4,393
On our last paint job, we bought touch up kits from Awlgrip. The paint came in 0.6 oz bottles like fingernail polish. They didn't custom blend any colors, just what was on their stock color chart. It was ok for small nicks or little scratches only.
Larry M is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-09-2015, 08:08 AM   #5
Bacchus's Avatar
City: Seneca Lake NY
Country: US
Vessel Name: Bacchus
Vessel Model: MS 34 HT Trawler
Join Date: Nov 2014
Posts: 1,002
Awlgrip / Awlcraft Info

I'll attach a file I put together for a post on the mainship forum - so just ignore the references to MS.

My understanding is that Awlgrip is not meant to be spot repaired or buffed out but you can do it with Awlcraft finishes (which have the same color chart availability) - The linked Jamestown article goes into more details on this and was helpful to me.

The Akzo Nobel website also has good info (product data sheets) and you might get some good info from talking to a rep there.
I don't know whether the Awlcraft system is compatible w/ Awlgrip finishes and could be used to repairs - good question for the experts.

FWIW - the color match for my dark majestic blue hull was excellent and I'd expect a lot more UV affect on dark colors than light ones.

Good luck - let us know how it works out.
Attached Files
File Type: pdf Mainship Hull Paint Info.pdf (317.6 KB, 22 views)
MS 34 HT Trawler
Bacchus is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-09-2015, 08:22 AM   #6
Grand Vizier
Delfin's Avatar
Join Date: Jan 2010
Posts: 2,293
You tint Awlgrip with Awlgrip - darker blue with a bit of white equals a lighter blue. More complex colors are a lot tougher, but still can be done. Use an eye dropper to add the two (hopefully only two) colors and write down how many drops of each. You have to judge when you have it right from dry, not wet paint. Mix it up when you are ready to use it, adding the catalyst at that time.

I touch up Awlgrip all the time, using an Iwaki air brush, which lets you put on the paint with great precision over a small prepped area. Somewhere on this forum I described in detail the technique, but I can't find it now. The basic idea is to wet sand the area with 600 grit, then dust on to glisten the top coats. Primer coats are required if over steel or aluminum. Don't use masking tape, but wet sand with 1000 to 2000 grit to remove the overspray and use the wet sanding to match the fade of the surrounding paint, since the Awlgrip unsanded will be much more glossy.

Because your paint is colored, you should know that you will never get it to match well enough that you won't be able to see it, but if you're careful you should get it close enough to be happy with the job.

Hope that helps.

p.s. Delfin was painted in 2002 and people stopping by will frequently comment that she must have been newly painted. No credit to me, but if maintained properly, Awlgrip will last a very long time.
"Dad always thought laughter was the best medicine, which I guess is why several of us died of tuberculosis." - Jack Handy
Delfin is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-09-2015, 08:26 AM   #7
City: gulf coast
Country: pinellas
Join Date: Jun 2014
Posts: 1,756
The color may be matched to the faded color but the texture and depth of finish wont. Blending new into old is a real art and requires that all the surrounding surface have the same reflectivity in varying light. That is the reason that repaired autos sometimes look different in different lighting conditions. Real blending require the new to melt into the old but I don't think catalyzed coatings will do that. Painters approximate that effect by spraying large areas with coats that are progressively lighter toward the edges. Your eye will notice a sudden change in color of texture but if the transition is done over a large area it is less visible.

All this is to help understand what you are up against but not to discourage. Since it is messed up now I don't see any harm in trying but don't expect perfect results.

bayview is offline   Reply With Quote

Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 10:07 PM.

Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8 Beta 4
Copyright ©2000 - 2016, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.
Search Engine Optimization by vBSEO 3.6.0
Copyright 2006 - 2012