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Bob K posted 04-22-2002 10:37 AM ET (US)   Profile for Bob K   Send Email to Bob K  
My early 60's 13' was apinted on the inside with a "close" BW blue. I want to strip the paint, do some repairs and repaint. Getting the old paint out is the issue. Has anyone found a relatively easy way to remove the paint from the skidproof floor pattern? Really would appreciate some advice.
buster1389 posted 04-22-2002 12:31 PM ET (US)     Profile for buster1389  Send Email to buster1389     
Either have the boat soda blasted or get a lot of paint remover (designed for fiberglass) and sandpaper.
dangc78 posted 04-25-2002 02:29 PM ET (US)     Profile for dangc78  Send Email to dangc78     
I am doing this with my 72 sport now. I am using west marines brand of paint stripper that is safe to use on gelcoats. Let me tell you. It works and has saved me a lot of time.
JimU posted 04-25-2002 05:43 PM ET (US)     Profile for JimU  Send Email to JimU     
Soda blasting is the way to go. I have done three this way. Get the operator to "sweep" lightly until the paint is gone.
JimU posted 04-25-2002 05:44 PM ET (US)     Profile for JimU  Send Email to JimU     
Cost of soda blasting is about $100.
Sinclair7 posted 04-25-2002 07:02 PM ET (US)     Profile for Sinclair7  Send Email to Sinclair7     
What is soda washing?
JimU posted 04-29-2002 12:45 PM ET (US)     Profile for JimU  Send Email to JimU     
Soda Blasting si the same as sand blasting except that an industrial baking soda is used. Arm and Hammer, just a litter courser. It's a mild medium and easily controlled for non-metal surfaces. It will not blast through the gel coat if you "sweep" the tool and maintain the right distance from the surface
JimU posted 04-29-2002 12:48 PM ET (US)     Profile for JimU  Send Email to JimU     
Sorry, you asked about "soda washing". I don't know what that is. I was referring to soda "blasting"
Eric Hinz posted 05-03-2002 09:31 AM ET (US)     Profile for Eric Hinz  Send Email to Eric Hinz     
Is 'soda blasting' a process done at a paint shop or some other industrial service company? (Or is it something one can do at home?)
Whaler Proud posted 05-08-2002 11:46 AM ET (US)     Profile for Whaler Proud  Send Email to Whaler Proud     
Eric: Having grown up working in my father's sandblast business, I would not try and soda blast the interior of your hull if you have never used a sandblasting system before. Your money is better spent having a professional shop do the work. The "soda blast" is the best route to go. Walnut hsells are sharp and could cut the fiberglass if the operator isn't xtremely careful.

Look in the yellow pages under "sandblasting" and call some of the shops to see if they do this kind of work. Every sandblast shop usually specializes in a few types of abrasives. There are some pool cleaning companies that use soda blasting to clean pool tile and they may be able to help you.

Good luck


Eric Hinz posted 05-16-2002 11:55 PM ET (US)     Profile for Eric Hinz  Send Email to Eric Hinz     
Thanks for the pointers. (I would have started in the car painting shops--not the right place, it sounds like!)

Samars posted 05-17-2002 07:53 AM ET (US)     Profile for Samars  Send Email to Samars     
Without sounding dumb...and if one is careful, would a pressure washer (2300 psi) and detergent or stripper added to the system provide a solution?
Soho posted 05-17-2002 08:11 AM ET (US)     Profile for Soho  Send Email to Soho     
Not a dumb question at all. I tried to do it with not much success and ended up using paint remover and alot of sanding ( blasting was not an available option for me )

Of course each job is different and it is possible that on your boat a pressure wash might work on the paint; on mine the stuff was really baked on ! 6 + years in the Bermuda sun.


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