Over time contaminants can build up and cause the finish of your Awlgrip/Awlcraft 2000 paint to appear dull. You can restore the gloss of a freshly painted boat and prevent the premature aging caused by contaminates by following these steps:
- Wash your Awlgrip or Awlcraft surface with Awlwash mixed with water (1-2 capfuls in a bucket of water for washing) using soft, non-abrasive cloths and rinse well. Doing so on a regular basis (once per month) will help control dulling buildup.
- Solvent cleaning of Awlgrip only: Awlprep and Awlprep Plus can be used to aid in removal of stains or markers.
- Solvent cleaning of Awlcraft 2000 only: Awlprep or mild solvents should be used.
In both cases apply solvents with soft cloths and do not allow the chemicals to dry on surface or soak. Wash with Awlwash to prevent remaining solvent to attack paint. As always when working with solvents, test in an inconspicuous area first.
Distilled white vinegar and hot water will aid in removing salt stains, always follow with Awlwash.
Protecting the Surface
Awlcare can be applied to the surface like a wax to remove pollutants (such as diesel soot), protects the finish and leaves a glossy shine. Awlcare should be applied regularly to protect against pollutants. It can be removed with Awl-Prep Plus (Awlgrip only) when it’s time to repaint. What to avoid with Awlgrip and Awlcraft 2000:
- Polishing compounds
- Traditional waxes as they tend to break down rapidly, yellow and attract dirt
- Acid based products such as teak or metal cleaners and strong solvents on Awlcraft 2000, Awlbrite Clear or Awlspar Varnish.
- Trapped moisture from supplies as paint can blister or delaminate