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timbo posted 10-28-2002 08:30 PM ET (US)   Profile for timbo   Send Email to timbo  
I know this topic has come up before but I was looking for some up to date information on technique and products available for removing the bottom paint from a boat. I have a 13' and I really don't like the concept or look of bottom paint. It takes away the look of the classic lines. In various boat supply stores I found bottom paint removing strippers and other chemicals. In the end I plan on using this great wax/clear paint that works just like bottom paint but you can't see it. Apparently it works great. My main concern is how the chemicals will leave the fiberglass looking after the process is complete. The directions sound simple enough but usually it isn't as easy as they make it sound. Some feed back would be greatly appreciated.
world2xplor posted 11-04-2002 10:17 AM ET (US)     Profile for world2xplor  Send Email to world2xplor     
Timbo,
I found a real good way to get the old bottom paint off my boat. Strypeeze - the paint and varnish remover that you can get at any hardware store. I recently did my 24'er. The first coat goes on just like the directions say. Paint it on heavy, wait 10-15 minutes, scrape with a plastic scraper. Once you get the majority off, paint on another coat and then use one of the heavy scotch-brite scrubbers, wet with water. continuously rinsing in a bucket. Worked great for me, didn't harm the gelcoat, and came out looking like new.

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