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  1. Clean well, sand with 80 grit, clean with acetone then apply 2 thin coats of Totalboat Total Bilge. https://www.jamestowndistributors.com/userportal/show_product.do?pid=97747&familyName=TotalBoat+TotalBilge+Epoxy+Bilge+Paint
  2. Unfortunately Awlgrip is very difficult to repair and the smallest quantity sold is a quart. You can't buff out awlgrip because it will scratch it and remove the high gloss. If it's just a few small scratches you could use an artist brush and paint them in. The best remedy is to bring it to a professional shop.
  3. Ok, thanks for the picture. I see what you mean. My recommendation is to grind that out beveling the edges out about 2 to 3 " beyond the damage. Clean well with acetone. Cut out 1708 biaxial cloth to fill the damage area, first layer just a little bigger than the inside of the hole, the next larger to overlap the first, then another larger lay up until you covered the whole area and are almost out to the edge. Lay it up with 5:1 epoxy resin. You can finish the last layer with 4 or 6 oz fiberglass cloth for a smoother finish. Let that cure up overnight. Then wash with water in case there is any amine blush, sand with 80 grit, then clean well with acetone. Then you can use a polyester fairing compound to fair out the area. When that is cured, sand smooth, clean with acetone and then gel coat over to finish.
  4. If you are going to use gel coat as a finish coat use polyester resin or out Polyester Fairing compound. It would help if you could send a couple pictures.
  5. I'd recommend Sikaflex 291 Here is the link: https://www.jamestowndistributors.com/userportal/show_product.do?pid=3512
  6. Bill, Did you get a replacement quart of the Epifanes WF Gloss to see if a new can did the same or was that last picture using the same product? Sorry it didn't work out, we usually don't see problems with Epifanes products.
  7. You could use the Totalboat Wet Edge single part polyurethane or Interlux Brightside which are more colors but you will need to sand the old paint off, etch wash, Total protect primer then the topside paint.
  8. OK, lets start by eliminating some causes. 1. Did you strain the varnish? 2. Are you sure your brush is totally clean, no small dust particles in it? Clean well, and before using it shake it out well, then dab it on some masking tape wrapped around your hand with the sticky side out. 3. What kind of heater are you using? Could that be blowing dust around or causing bubbles. 4. Are there bubbles on the surface when brushing or do they appear after when it's drying? It's difficult to tell if they are bubbles or dust particles. I can't tell from the picture.
  9. If it was previously painted, you will want to sand that with 220 grit and prime, then the topside paint. If it's gelcoat, you will want to clean it well, sand with 220 grit, dewax with a dewaxing solvent, then prime with a two part epoxy primer. If you choose Brightside use the Interlux primer. If you choose Wet Edge use the Totalboat primer.
  10. The best solution would be to apply a coat of epoxy, we have Gluvit Epoxy Water Sealer that will work well. You can apply a coat of paint on that. Here is the link: https://www.jamestowndistributors.com/userportal/show_product.do?pid=2091&familyName=Marine-Tex+Gluvit+Epoxy+Water+Sealer
  11. We have an Aluminum Boat Topside paint that would be good in your application if the colors offered fit your need. Here is the link: https://www.jamestowndistributors.com/userportal/show_product.do?pid=336274&familyName=TotalBoat+Aluminum+Boat+Topside+Paint This paint doesn't need a primer and can go over existing paint in good condition, just sand and apply.
  12. The Thixo is fine for a gap filler or adhesive but to extend the edge you would need to add some fiberglass cloth and resin for structural strength. Fiberglass cloth and regular epoxy resin would be what you want to use.
  13. I would recommend using a thickened epoxy like Totalboat Thixo rather than a fairing compound, that would be stronger.