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cinco de whaler posted 08-29-2001 06:05 PM ET (US)   Profile for cinco de whaler   Send Email to cinco de whaler  
I applied Peel Away to the sides of my 22' Outrage to remove some old bottom paint. I allowed it to stay on 36 hrs and now I am trying to scape it off and it is removing the gel coat. The gel coat surface is rough and chaulky underneath. Any suggestions or does anyone know if Peel Away will back their product.
kurtgru posted 08-29-2001 07:47 PM ET (US)     Profile for kurtgru  Send Email to kurtgru     
I had the same problem when I was stripping a 17' project boat that was previously painted. It worked great on most of the boat, but in one area left deep pitting. It wasn't a big deal for me as I was repainting the boat anyway, so I was able to sand it really well and the Interlux Multithane primer took care of the rest. I was disappointed that the product didn't live up to their claim. The following is right off of their website

"It will not penetrate the gel coat, so no extra work is needed to repair damage done by blasting."

I would definitely call the company and see if they stand by their product. Good luck and let us know how you make out...


LarrySherman posted 08-30-2001 01:17 AM ET (US)     Profile for LarrySherman  Send Email to LarrySherman     
A good time to put on an epoxy barrier coat. West 422 in the can or Interlux are good choices.
acseatsri posted 08-30-2001 05:01 PM ET (US)     Profile for acseatsri  Send Email to acseatsri     
I've been using Interlux 299E for stripping bottom paint. Brush it on, let stand for a couple hours, and then scrape it off with a window scraper. It works well but is a slow process. I haven't had any problems with the 299E attacking the gelcoat, but I wouldn't leave it on for more than a few hours without testing. I used a pressure washer (2700 lbs) to remove most of the loose heavy paint first.
I've also heard that Peel-Away has caused neurological damage in some users, but don't know the validity of the rumor. Given that story and the rest of the experience here, I think I'll stay away from it.
Cliff posted 09-03-2001 09:07 PM ET (US)     Profile for Cliff  Send Email to Cliff     
I assume they also make a product for residential use....

Used some on the front entrance to my newly restored home built in 1940

screwed up the old paint and made all the new paint peel away...

the stuff is crap and I understand there may be legal action brewing due to many instances of their faulty products


Sinclair7 posted 09-04-2001 11:46 PM ET (US)     Profile for Sinclair7  Send Email to Sinclair7     
I recently saw a new product on the show "Ship Shape TV." Can't remember the name but the point was that it was a water based paint remover. Looked like the stuff worked pretty good. I used peelaway on my boat and didn't have any gelcoat problems. It dry out quicker than i expected and I had to scrape it off (Peelaway?) or buy another gallon. The scraping made a mess.
cinco de whaler posted 09-05-2001 05:07 PM ET (US)     Profile for cinco de whaler  Send Email to cinco de whaler     
I've contacted a rep from the chemical company that makes Peel Away and was told to send him pictures of the damage. He would not give me any encouragement about their company repairing the damage until seeing the photos. Will keep everyone posted on the progress.

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