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Awlgrip Color Match

Discussion in 'Ocean Yacht' started by Tashmoo, Mar 1, 2020.

  1. Tashmoo

    Tashmoo New Member

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    Going to roll & tip prime and topcoat my nonskid cockpit sole and gunnel surfaces with Awlgrip as soon as it warms up

    Any chance anyone has matched one of Alwgrips dozens of shades of white go the original Ocean Yachts gelcoat?

    Anyone with experience to share to keep my out of trouble?
  2. Capt J

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    Buff the Ocean gelcoat and then match it from the chart. Best if you can find a place that never sees sun like inside a cockpit cabinet or something to match the color. Snow white is a popular white, but Oceans gelcoat has a little more beige or yellow to it than oyster white.

    If you're doing a total paint then it shouldn't matter too much as to what was.
  3. Rick Prince

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    I am going to paint my cockpit this spring as well. I am going to go with Alex seal instead of Awlgrip. I took a pic at a location under my gunwale . See attached. Top portion of the photo is the gel coat area under the gunwale. Tough to say, I think I will go with the T9132 Cloud white for mine. You can request the color selection guides from both Alex seal and Awlgrip for free to try and figure out which is best for your application.

    I never used this paint before, everything I read says prep is key. Have to sand entire cockpit and clean with cleaner de-greaser. Going to prime and let dry for about 12 hours. Next apply first coat of paint. While still wet, will liberally apply soft-sand and let dry for approx 12 hours, clean off excess soft-sand, then a second coat of paint. Second coat a little heaver then first so that it absorbs into soft-sand. Then follow up with a third coat in less than 24 hours of second coat. Important note is to follow up in less than 24 hours between coats so you don't have to sand and can go over the top of previous coat. Check out Andy Miller / Boat Works Today on YouTube if you like. He has some good videos on this. Wish me luck and good luck with your color match & paint !!

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  4. Capt J

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    Rick, I'd highly recommend Awlgrip or Awlcraft over Alexseal for a cockpit. Alexseal is pretty soft and scratches easier IMO. Also, you want to lay on coats within an hour or so if you're spraying it. Rolling a tipping a bit less often as you're suggesting. I'd only put sand in the first coat and then 2 coats of paint over it.
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    Good painting to both of you. So is "soft sand" a specific product or type of sand? How do you apply it so it has an even/uniform texture? Don't mean to hi jack a thread?
  6. Rick Prince

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    Yes, soft sand is a brand name. It is rubberized particles that come in fine, med & course grades. I haven’t done this yet, but the plan would be to apply the first coat of paint to the cockpit floor and use a shaker bottle filled with the soft sand and sprinkle it completely covering the surface with a coating of the sand.
    Here is a link to a video showing how to apply it
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  8. Tashmoo

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    For those interested, Akzo-Nobel came up with the original color match for Awlgrip in their database. It is "Ocean Yachts White" H8543. Note that this is a color match to the original - now 16 years old. They are sending me a spray out panel to check the match. It may be that one of the other colors like Snow, Cloud or Clipper are a better match. Will report back
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    Not sure this is correct, but keep me honest. Axelseal is a 2 part polyurethane, same as Awlgrip. They should be equally hard and durable. Awlcraft is an acrylic... much softer
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    Make sure before you do and sanding us a wax remover prior to sanding or all your doing is spreading the was as you sand and can have adhesion issues. Amway sand with clean gloves on to keep from contamination. Last step is a prep cleaner before applying paint to remove oil from fingers and hands and lest prep step
  11. Capt J

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    Alexseal is a 2 part Eurethane but from what I've seen, never cures as hard as Awlgrip or Awlcraft and therefore is less abrasion resistant. It gets scuffs/scrapes a lot easier, however to Alexseals defense it is pretty easy to touch up a spot or area with Alexseal. Not that I've seen any issues with Awlcraft either.
  12. Tashmoo

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    Update - I roll/tip Awlgripped the swim platform and it's a 10/10. For the cockpit I decided no paint. Ended up installing synthetic teak up and down -- and very glad I did. The material is amazing.. stays cool, clean, great traction and doesn't stain. More expensive than a DIY Awlgrip job, but well worth it for me
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    Wow that came out great!! Nice job. Did you make a template and send it in to have the sections made? Sea Deck ? When you say top do you mean the bridge? Any pics?
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    I did my non-skid deck with Alexseal this spring. Came out pretty good. I know a few things not to do now. Overall I am happy with the results.

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    I used Aquatraction. Professional installer built a laser template and drafted a CAD. Everything lines up perfectly. Pic of the bridge deck is too big to upload here
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    Yours looks like a great fit.

    Like anything, it's all in the preparation. If they rush the scan and take too few points , you'll get a lousy fit. My boat neighbor had his 54 Carver done . It's horrible, quite frankly I would have rejected it .
  19. Capt J

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    It does look like they did a very nice job and is a very nice color.