Can Awlgrip or Interlux perfection be buffed?

Discussion in 'Fiberglass and Composite Boat Building' started by GWB, Jun 3, 2008.

  1. GWB
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    GWB Junior Member

    Well we painted out hull over the weekend - for the most part it came out pretty good. There are a few spots where the pressure in the gun must have dropped and the texture is slightly different than the rest....you can notice it if you sight along the hull and the light is right...it looks duller than the rest.

    So back to my question - can these paints be buffed? I called Interlux and they said no because the gloss rises to the surface as the paint cures and there is not much of it (the gloss)

    I know there are people out there who have cut and buffed it - how did you do it? We sprayed the second coat on Sunday
    Some pics are here: http://westsail32.blogspot.com

    Thanks for any help
     
  2. allan white
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    Interlux spray vs. roll

    i havw had alot of luck rolling on interlux. it tales two people, one with a 6-8


    " foam roller and another tipping with a 4
    " foam brush. Thin the paint with the extended.

    best of luck.

    allan
     
  3. GWB
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    GWB Junior Member

    Please read the question again
     
  4. TripleCrownNC
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    I have asked this question here and on another forum and the consensus is no. The shine will be removed. I wish it was not the case as I am painting outside and would likethe ability to compound out the dust nibs.
     
  5. allan white
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    it would be worth trying to sand w/ 1000 girt or even buffing compound and then wax the daylights out of it. i am painting a interrlux boat this afternoon will will try a small sample. ill let you know.

    allan
     
  6. PAR
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    Yes, it can be buffed. It can be "color sanded" with extremely fine paper (wet) say 2,500 to 3,000 grit. Or you can use a cutter or a polish. It depends on what you're attempting to do. If interested in smoothing the paint, then you can knock it down with a cutter pretty quickly or use a polish, which will take longer, but get the same results. If you have some stipple or other surface imperfections, then smoothing with paper is your best bet, progressing to the polishes, refining the finish. Of course the finish will need to be protected after you've buffed it.
     
  7. GWB
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    PAR - thank you. Is there a time limit for doing this after the paint has been applied? Why does the finish need to be protected after I have buffed it?

    Thanks for your answers
     
  8. allan white
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    buffing interlux

    GWB,

    i just did a 2'x2' sample of black interlux on an older canoe w/ 1000 grit wet paper, dried and buffed with a fine mould polish, and then applied a few coats of wax. The results came out pretty good. Best of luck. You will need to be extremely careful not to sand thru the paint.

    Allan
     
  9. wet feet
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    Perfection takes quite a while to become fully cured but once there it can be buffed quite well.
     
  10. Kaptin-Jer
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    Yes you can sand and buff Awl grip, but at a price. The molecular surface on Awlgip will be compromised and the ability to withstand many harsh chemicals will be lost. If you are going to sand and buff don't waste your money on expensive Awl Grip. You are defeating the purpose. Buy a cheaper coating if the shine is all your looking for.
     
  11. bntii
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    Sure can be

    Give it a couple of days and go for it. Cut the surface down with 1000/1500 wet paper first. The tough bit is the halo which develops at the transition from the buffed area and the rest. Hardest to do are the dark colors.
     
  12. the1much
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    the1much hippie dreams

    dont use anything under 2500 grit
     

  13. GWB
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    Thanks for all the input guys. I'm just going to leave it as is, I'm pretty happy really and I'm not the type to have a show condition boat at all times.... :)
     
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