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NCBchs posted 02-15-2002 09:47 AM ET (US)   Profile for NCBchs   Send Email to NCBchs  
Any suggestions on the removal of bottom paint. Looks like several layers of different colors. I don't think the bottom was sanded before original paint was applied, but I could be wrong. Someone suggested a product called "Peel Away". Anyone with any experience using this? Thanks in advance for any suggestions! NCBchs
Peter posted 02-15-2002 11:13 AM ET (US)     Profile for Peter  Send Email to Peter     
Yes, I used Peel-Away last spring to take many layers (maybe 12 to 15 layers) of paint off of my Revenge. Peel-Away works but it makes a mess. I found that its activity is very temperature sensitive. Even if you use a paint remover product like Peel-Away, sanding will still be required. There are different Peel-Away formulations for different situations. I recommend that you take some time to visit the Peel-Away website to learn about the different formulations to enable you to determine which is best for your situation.
bigz posted 02-15-2002 11:35 AM ET (US)     Profile for bigz    
Check with Marker 90 boat yard out at Hempstead (sp) for the name of the sand blast outfit they use. This sand blast firm might be listed in your yellow pages for that matter.

They will leave your hull pristine at roughly 100 grit texture and on a little 15 should take them just a few hours to complete the work. Very cost effective. I believe they can use other abrasives which can give you even a finer texture if you intend to wet sand then polish and wax with out new bottom paint.

The bottom was either etched or sanded before coating or the paint would not have adhered to the original waxy gloss gelcoat.


trainer posted 02-17-2002 08:23 PM ET (US)     Profile for trainer  Send Email to trainer     
I too am removing the bottom paint from a 15 sport. The deck had been painted and upon removal(prior to a new layer of gelcoat) I found many damaged areas that had been painted over. I decided to remove the bottom paint to look for damage. The inside paint pealed off easy with Parks Pro stripper, however the same product turns the bottom paint into a gooey brown mess. Is bottom paint a different makeup? Is there a product that makes it peal off or not turn into a goo?
bhobbs posted 02-17-2002 09:27 PM ET (US)     Profile for bhobbs  Send Email to bhobbs     
Peel away works up to a point. Bottom paint is tough stuff. I ended up sanding and scrapping off as much as the stripper removed.
Sinclair7 posted 02-17-2002 09:27 PM ET (US)     Profile for Sinclair7  Send Email to Sinclair7     
I used Peel Away last summer and found it a bit messy. There is a water based remover out there that is not dangerous to the enviorment. I saw it used on the show Ship Shape. Bigz, is that in Hempstead Long Island? I repainted my 13 because it was too much to sand off what the Peel Aay didn't remove.
bigz posted 02-18-2002 09:02 AM ET (US)     Profile for bigz    
North Carolina just north of Wilmington where NCBchs by his profile says he lives in the area.
Bigshot posted 02-19-2002 03:47 PM ET (US)     Profile for Bigshot  Send Email to Bigshot     
Capt. Lee's auto stripper is water soluble and safe on fiberglass. Used it to strip my Vette.
trainer posted 02-22-2002 10:36 PM ET (US)     Profile for trainer  Send Email to trainer     
Broke down and got out my randon orbital sander. It took off what was left after the stripper turned the bottom paint to goo.

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