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Frank123 posted 01-27-2003 07:06 PM ET (US)   Profile for Frank123   Send Email to Frank123  
I purchased my 1972 Whaler sourpuss with a nasty coat of bottom paint. I don't need it since I trailer. Should I sand it off or use fiberglass paint remover. I don't want to repaint / gelcoat the whole boat. Any direction would be appreciated.
keltonkrew posted 01-27-2003 08:21 PM ET (US)     Profile for keltonkrew  Send Email to keltonkrew     
Use Marine Peel Away.

Some use Easy Off Oven Cleaner.

Removing Bottom paint is messy and time consuming. You will have to re-paint the bottom or re-gel coat as the original gel-coat has to be sanded good for the bottom paint to adhere.

doobee posted 01-27-2003 11:47 PM ET (US)     Profile for doobee  Send Email to doobee     
if you sand the gelcoat down too thin you make the hull susceptible to osmotic blisters. Though this would only happen if you leave the boat in the water for the season. As long as you are trailering it is not likely too occur. Dolphinite has a new bottom paint that has a glossy finish like topside paint.
Bigshot posted 01-28-2003 08:47 AM ET (US)     Profile for Bigshot  Send Email to Bigshot     
Try striping a small section and see if the hull was sanded to begin with. Most bad bottom jobs are because proper etching was not done in the first place and it does not hold well. If there is minor sanding marks, they can be wetsanded and buffed once paint is removed.

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