Superyacht achieves a pristine finish with Awlgrip HDT

Monday, January 21, 2019


The Marlinda – a 132-foot luxury superyacht that houses up to six guests – was recently given a complete re-coat in preparation for sale, using Awlgrip HDT as the clearcoat to produce stunning results.


“The change to a base coat color and HDT clear really adds depth to the color as well as brightness,” commented Kevin Kramer, Captain/Project Manager for the Marlinda. “The most noticeable improvement has been the red boot strip along the side – what used to be a bland accent is now a glistening complement to the vibrant blue of the hull.”

“Our goal was to find a solution to the premature fading of darker colors, with a coating that could be repaired if necessary. The product has already exceeded our expectations in terms of appearance; it’s even smoother than we expected, with minimal orange peel, elevated gloss levels, no signs of micro-scratching and really exceptional distinction of image.”


The Marlinda was built in 1989 by Delta Marine at their Seattle shipyard, but following the refinishing you would hardly think the craft was approaching its 30th birthday, thanks to the great appearance of Awlgrip HDT. The superyacht was coated by Diamond Painting, who also applied the re-coat in late 2017 and were also impressed with the results. 

“We’ve been using Awlgrip products for almost thirty years, and together we’ve always managed to satisfy the customer,” explained Tony Hatfield, Owner/Operations Manager at Diamond Painting. “Their products have always been the first choice with our employees and our customers, and so far we’ve been getting some great feedback with Awlgrip HDT. We’re particularly happy with how the gloss on the darker colors turned out.” 


“Working closely with Awlgrip is always a positive experience.  Their knowledge was extremely helpful in helping our applicators get comfortable with HDT and perfect the system. There wasn’t a single sag or run during the entire paint job, which is always a sign of a good product and an application well done.” 

HDT is ideal for achieving the perfect finish, thanks to its durability, repairability, high gloss and outstanding DOI. Combined with the expertise of Awlgrip, Diamond Painting and Delta Marine, the Marlinda has never looked better! Find out more here.

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