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dragsmack posted 01-27-2003 08:41 PM ET (US)   Profile for dragsmack  
I just bought a 1970 Whaler with several layers of paint. The hull appears good but has one soft spot and some stress cracks. I am trying to decide whether to tackle the paint and repairs myself- or have a pro do it --but the estimates I get are all over the place--if I do it myself, what will be the easiest way to strip all of these layers of paint? There is a guy locally that supposedly does a good job sandblasting fiberglass boats with cornhusks--but he wants $750 plus. Is this reasonable ? Thanks in advance for any input
doobee posted 01-27-2003 11:41 PM ET (US)     Profile for doobee  Send Email to doobee     
try a paint remover called peel away. You can find it at marine stores and paint stores.
Bigshot posted 01-28-2003 08:45 AM ET (US)     Profile for Bigshot  Send Email to Bigshot     
$750 for inside and out.....good deal. Bottom blasting jobs alone are usually $2-3/foot.
viexile posted 01-28-2003 08:57 AM ET (US)     Profile for viexile  Send Email to viexile     
I stripped the bottom of my OR V-20 by soda blasting. It takes a touch, but works very well. I'd be leery of corn, since it may be harder than gelcoat on the mohs scale (hardness measure). Some do the ultimate stupidest thing and sandblast. Soda doesn't abrade directly, but rather the particles shear and "explode" on contact.

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