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Awlgrip AwlBrite Clear Gloss Base is Awlgrip's option for the AwlBrite Plus professional wood finish 3-part system. This three-component urethane coating is buffable with a high build. It is as easy to apply as varnish while providing a far more durable finish and faster curing rate.
This clear acrylic urethane may also be used as the last coat in the Awlbrite Plus system. Simply overcoat AwlSpar varnish with a urethane coating of clear gloss for a traditional look with superior durability. Do not use below the waterline.
Requires mixing the base with the converter and activator. *** FOR PROFESSIONAL USE ONLY ***
Surface Preparation: Wood should be clean, dry, smooth, and well seasoned. For new wood, use a marine teak wood cleaner or wood bleach to remove excess oils, promote uniformity, and adhesion. Follow the manufacturer's instructions for use and thoroughly remove all cleaner and neutralizer residue before proceeding. Rough sawn lumber must be sanded to level the grain. Work grits to effectively level grain 60/80 to 100/150 to 220 etc. When grain is level, smooth sand with 320 grit paper.
Old finishes in good condition should be washed with AwlPrep Surface Cleaner, then sanded with 220-320 grit paper to remove gloss. Old finishes in poor condition should be removed. Test on a small area to make sure the clear coat does not attack old finish. If old finish is attacked, it must be completely removed before continuing.
Mixing and Reduction: AwlBrite Base is a component product. Mix by volume 2parts J3005 with 1 part J3006 until 1 smooth, homogenous mixture is obtained. Then add 1/2 part A0031. Overall mix is 2.1:1/2 by volume. Pot life is 1 to 2 hrs at 77 F/50% relative humidity.
For new bare wood, apply one light, smooth coat and allow to cure 8-12 hrs. Lightly sand with 320-400 grit paper to remove wicks and nubs before applying additional material.
Otherwise, apply light, smooth coats. Apply 2 coats in an 8 hr period. Allow to cure 8-12 hrs or overnight and repeat. Ten coats are recommended.
Sand as little as possible. Sanding is only required if or when a product runs or sags, or if brush marks need to be leveled. If dirt or grit must be removed from the surface, wait 36 hours from last application.
If no leveling is required, but it has been more than 36 hrs since last application, dull the surface with Scotchbrite pads. If possible, avoid curing or applying in direct sunlight. Do not apply or cure below 65 F.
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November 3, 2020
As the carpenter in a full service marina I had access to all brands. This quickly became my preferred brand. I can do more with three coats of the awl-grip products than ten of any other. Amazing stuff. Practice it's application though
July 29, 2019
I use one topcoat of the 3 part Awlbrite system over multi-layers of Epifanes varnish on exterior teak. The Awlbrite does not break down in sunlight and protects the underlying varnish layer giving long life with the excellent UV varnish properties helping to preserve the color of the teak.
July 20, 2019
This product works great on cap rails or small pieces of wood but when trying to do large horizontal surfaces it becomes very difficult due to the fact that this doesn't flow.
April 17, 2017
180' vessel. 2 coats Awlbrite clear. At least 8 months cure time. Wiped down the cap rail with denatured alcohol and this happened within 30 seconds. See pics... AwlGrip is on the way over to see for themselves. Something is wrong... How good is it? You tell me... after looking at the pics. Would i personally recommend it.. can't say that i would at this point.
June 20, 2013
Takes many thin coats to give really good resuls. Count on using lots of brushes. Not worth trying to clean up after each use.
February 6, 2012
CAP RAILS-8 YEARS BETWEEN COATS. SCARF JOINT WILL CRACK IF THERE IS MOVEMENT. JUST REPAIR CRACK ONCE A YEAR OR SO.
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