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Old 09-17-2021, 04:21 PM
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I have a few things i could have done better on my recent rebuild but can live with most of them. The non-skid however needs to be corrected. I have a 6 and 8 year old that spend hours jumping off the gunnel and it doesnít take long to be treacherous. I went overboard hauling the anchor 2 weeks ago. It was blowing about 20 and pitching quite a bit but still not acceptable.

My question is more about prep, application, and bonding. Boat has new Awlgrip last October and Griptex was mixed in and rolled. I had wanted to try Softsand broadcast into base and then topcoated twice. Painter did a beautiful job and I donít want to mess with it. Love the color contrast and margins. Can I acetone wipe and topcoat with this technique or do I need to sand to get a good bond? Donít want to screw with margins. Iíll need to pull some hardware. Any thoughts?
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Old 09-18-2021, 06:36 AM
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It would be better to rough up the surface to achieve full adhesion

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Old 09-18-2021, 08:57 AM
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Thanks Strick. I figured it would be best to rough it up. It should be pretty free of potential contaminants. If I wipe with acetone, rinse, then retape the edges 1/8Ē outside existing, Ill try to knock the old down with a detail sander. 120 grit rough enough? Fortunately most of the hardware is in the smooth areas.
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Old 09-18-2021, 12:30 PM
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Yea i wouldnt chance it without sanding… Might even start out with a 60 or 80 grit. Then finish with 120 or 150
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Old 09-18-2021, 01:41 PM
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Thanks for the input. If Iím digging into it I want it to last. Should have pushed for more aggressive from the start but it will give me something to do this winter.
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Old 09-18-2021, 03:02 PM
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It looks like a real nice job. That grip Tex is pretty good stuff. Have you taken a hose and throughly wet it down then tried to walk on it?

I think you might be surprised how much grip is in that stuff.

Otherwise, Iíd suggest taping off the marigins so you donít mess it up. Sand it down with 60ish grit. Wipe clean. Put down some paint, broadcast grip, and topcoat 2x.

Have you considered contacting the painter. Asking him to do it if you prep area and cost?

I just picked up some sand from my local boat store. I guess itís screened. Rinsed, and dried. Under $5 for a sandwich bag size. Works great. Softsand looks great but the price and shipping. Ouch.
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Old 09-18-2021, 04:47 PM
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Agreed. I talked to my painter and planned to pay him to tape off after I do the prepwork. I have a hard enough time pulling tape on a waterline every spring. It is slick when it is wet. I went to pull my anchor on what little foredeck there is and lost a foot in a flash. Bounced off the rail and went in headfirst. Probably looked funny but it hurt.

I know Softsand is expensive. If I did it in two stages I could recycle some but then Iím wasting paint. The only labor I paid for in the rebuild was the paint job. It lets me justify a little more on materials. Look forward to showing an update. May be awhile. Want to stretch out the end of the season.
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