Discussion in 'Boat Yard Basics' started by sjd0004, Jan 13, 2011.

  1. sjd0004

    sjd0004 I Love!

    I'm about to paint the topside of the pathfinder and I'm about 80% sold on awlgrip because the finished product looks so good. I would appreciate any information on this product that yall can give me. Prep work especially. This stuff is expensive so I have to do it right.
  2. DuckNut

    DuckNut Brandon, FL

    Paint it black (painter by trade) has several in-depth posts on this very subject. Do a search.

  3. sjd0004

    sjd0004 I Love!

    My search didn't turn up any results. Maybe I'm doing it wrong. Help me out paint it black!
  4. Brett

    Brett > PRO STAFF <

    and last but not least, from the manufacturer...
  5. paint it black

    paint it black Paddling away...

    prep with 150-220 Grit.
    I prefer to spray it, but watch out because it will run in a hurry.
    And the paint is made so that it cannot be buffed.

    One can buff it, but it'll lose it's protective finish that makes it superior to other paints.
    Thus leaving the idea of using AwlGrip for it's finish and durability irrelevant.
    A trick a lot of painters use in order to keep it from running much is using a bit of accelerator mixed in.
    Not too much, for it'll make the shine die back.

    One does not need to use an Awlgrip primer, or primer for that matter, but it is suggested.
    A two part (2k) primer will do the job, but as many will agree, it's sometimes not worth the risk of mixing paint systems.
    Although, I have done it in the past with great results on friends boats who didn't want to spend the extra money.
  6. Frank_Sebastian

    Frank_Sebastian Well-Known Member

    Steve what I have done in the past is get the boat ready to paint and then take it to a pro to shoot it. A skilled painter will ensure a very good job. I know a fellow that restores cars. That is who I go to and you will have a lot of labor and paint money in the job. If you are going to do it yourself maybe a little practice would help. I have painted cars, boats and and things can go wrong in a hurry.

  7. aflatsnut

    aflatsnut I Love!

    This seems to be a helpful site
  8. sjd0004

    sjd0004 I Love!

    thanks for all the help guys. that website is helpful I just wish I would have known about it a month ago. I'm going to try the paint on my own with out any "professionals" for that bit of personal satisfaction and financial relief. I just hope I don't regret it. This is a budget operation after all.