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maverick posted 10-07-2001 03:45 AM ET (US)   Profile for maverick   Send Email to maverick  
Need some Whaler blue for inside; Whaler desert tan for oustide. Where is the best place to buy and what is a good price? Also, how much do I need to do a 13'? Thanks, Mav
acseatsri posted 10-07-2001 04:55 AM ET (US)     Profile for acseatsri  Send Email to acseatsri     
Why noy use Awlgrip or something equivalent? Much easier, cheaper, and forgiving.
maverick posted 10-07-2001 05:04 AM ET (US)     Profile for maverick  Send Email to maverick     
You can't sleep, either? Hah! Woke up at about 3 a.m. and went out into the garage to piddle around with the 13'. Awlgrip? Never used it. What is it? I've used gel-coat and wanted to go back as original as possible. Mav
bigz posted 10-07-2001 06:34 AM ET (US)     Profile for bigz

Order them with the wax additive and the color blending kit -- call and speak with their CS folks very helpful.

Really no such thing as a small quantity "good" price on gelcoat Mav, it's all pretty much priced about the same -- even if you just purchase a base white and mix your own colors ---

Alwgrip or similar in Interlux is a two part polyurethane enamel paint -- very hard

If you know how to gelcoat would certainly go that way over paint Mav.

kingfish posted 10-07-2001 08:30 AM ET (US)     Profile for kingfish  Send Email to kingfish     

I know (from experience) that the Spectrum gelcoat patch kit paste (2 0z. containers) does not need a release agent or barrier in order to cure, and someone (Tom Clark, maybe) in another thread suggested this was due to a wax that Spectrum added. I have also used their regular gelcoat that can be bought by the quart or gallon, and that *did* need a barrier (like PVA) in order to cure. Am I understanding from your post that Spectrum can and will add a similar wax like they use in the paste kits to their standard gelcoat upon request and then you don't have to use a barrier or release agent?

maverick posted 10-07-2001 10:05 AM ET (US)     Profile for maverick  Send Email to maverick     
Thanks for the help, fellas - I bookmarked the Spectrum and will call them tomorrow. Mav
bigz posted 10-07-2001 12:20 PM ET (US)     Profile for bigz    
John, you are correct that you can ask them to add the wax (sufacing agent) to the gelcoat. This was recommended to me by Chuck Bennett a while back when I requested based on my HIN# the specific color number for the desert tan from Spectrum. We did not over coat with PVA after spraying gel and it cracked in about 2 hours at 85 degees F -- sanded and re-coated a total of 3x in one day -- only a couple square feet on transom --

We did have to play (literally) with tinting to get a proper blend! Please don't ask how much of what because I don't remember from last summer John -- Tom

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