The Finale! Applying Awlgrip Nonskid Over Various Fiberglass Repairs
This is the last of a 5 part series which outlines every step from repairing different types of fiberglass damage, thru the priming, painting and applying Awlgrip nonskid for a newly refinished deck! If you haven’t seen the previous episodes CHECK THEM OUT! They are posted on the home page of this site!
Materials used in this episode:
~ Awlgrip Topside Paint
~ Awlcat #3 Brush Converter AKA Catalyst / Hardener
~ T0031 Reducer (SLOW Evaporating Thinner)
~ T0002 Reducer (FAST Evaporating Thinner)
~ Awlgrip Non-skid Particles (Coarse) AKA GripTex
~ Mohair Roller 3/16″ Nap
~ Disposable Chip Brush
~ AwlPrep Plus Wax / Grease Remover
~ 1″ Masking Tape
~ Awlgrip Flattening Agent
Particulars about the different coats of paint in this video:
~ When rolling out the smooth coats of paint with the flattening agent, I used the slow reducer (T0031) to allow for more work time before the surface skinned over. These coats were mixed in equal amounts (paint, converter, reducer and flattening agent (1:1:1:1) and were rolled and tipped. Using less flattening agent will product a finish with more gloss. For example cutting the amount of flattening agent in the mix by half will result in a satin finish, however for a flooring project I felt this was still a little too glossy. After deciding to go with a true FLAT finish I used the proportions outlined above and was very happy with the results!
~ When rolling over the nonskid particles (GripTex) for the final coat, I used the same proportions of paint, reducer, converter and flattening agent BUT used the FAST evaporating thinner (T0002)! The reason being that this coat was going to be a much thicker film and I wanted the solvents to gas out of the paint as quickly as possible to avoid what is called Solvent Pop (AKA blisters in the paint). This is a result of the paint skinning over before the solvents have had a chance to evaporate out of the paint; essentially getting trapped. Over time the solvents will continue to try and escape, and to an extent they will succeed but the result will be blistering 🙁
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