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fredbrillo posted 10-28-2009 10:05 AM ET (US)   Profile for fredbrillo   Send Email to fredbrillo  
I would like to remove the old IMRON or AWLGRIP paint from my Montauk. It is chipping and faded. Any suggestions for the stripper I should try that won't damage the base gel coat? Ive started sanding, but I'm already old. I don't want to be dead before I finish..
Free Bird posted 10-28-2009 04:11 PM ET (US)     Profile for Free Bird  Send Email to Free Bird     
Stop sanding until you get a good answer. Awlgrip contains cyanide. If you have a headache right now it could be the cause. You can try calling the Awlgrip tech line. I don't have the number but you might be able to Google "Awlgrip Application Guide."
fredbrillo posted 10-28-2009 04:45 PM ET (US)     Profile for fredbrillo  Send Email to fredbrillo     
I took precautions with a high end respirator, but that doesnt help the dust on my skin. Thanks. Goes to show you--it is what you do not know that hurts.
PeteB88 posted 11-06-2009 09:58 PM ET (US)     Profile for PeteB88  Send Email to PeteB88     
Tyvek suit and duct tape the sleeves?

Call the tech line.

R T M posted 11-07-2009 05:16 PM ET (US)     Profile for R T M    
My 13-footer had an old AwlGrip job when I bought her. I sanded the finish smooth, repaired any damaged areas, primed with Awlgrip 545, and resprayed a new coat of Awlgrip. The old finish gave it a good base. I would imagine you could apply gel coat over AwlGrip, too. Just sand the gloss off. No need or impossible to remove the old AwlGrip.


Tohsgib posted 11-09-2009 12:25 PM ET (US)     Profile for Tohsgib  Send Email to Tohsgib     
I would remove where peeling and fair in the rest. Like rich said it will give a good base. Paint sticks better to paint.
fredbrillo posted 11-10-2009 06:50 PM ET (US)     Profile for fredbrillo  Send Email to fredbrillo     
Thanks for the advice....Im removing the chips and feathering in the stuff thats still on there really thing Ive found though...where the paint didnt adhere very looks like there are some small bubbles or blisters of some sort that have a brown substance...Im wondering in moisture in my hull got thru from the inside and cause the deterioration of the surface paint...the problem seem worst where there is some sort of grey filler or any case...Im following your advice...sanding and feathering the good edges and removing anything thats flaky...120 grit paper with a dual action sander seems to do a great job...I plan on going back with 220 before I do the prime coat....I havent gotten to the application specs I may have to sand yet again with 320 before that prime coat...Guess I need to start reading up on that...

The Admiral is picking the color...probably going to be one of those sea foam green variations that Awlgrip has....she seems to like those the best....I plan on doing the sides of the hull and smirk...leaving the bottom to bottom paint...

Tohsgib posted 11-11-2009 11:31 AM ET (US)     Profile for Tohsgib  Send Email to Tohsgib     
Fred Awlgrip and others make a blue that is similar to the header above your first post where it says name. It is darker than the light blue but not by too much. Friend did his boat and it is sweet. They also make sunbrella to match. Looks great with the desert tan interior.
fredbrillo posted 11-21-2009 06:45 PM ET (US)     Profile for fredbrillo  Send Email to fredbrillo     
The Admiral decided....Aqua Mist///AwlGrip

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