Boating How-To’s - Remove bottom paint
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05-09-2012, 09:05 AM
What is the best way to remove bottom paint? I cant afford to have it soda blasted. Looking for easiest way to get into the tight spaces of the stepped hull. Sea Craft hull
05-09-2012, 05:41 PM
DA sander with soft backing pad. Really tight spots by hand with block. There is no easy way and the best way is usually the most time consuming.
05-09-2012, 06:16 PM
Avoid ingesting the dust if you are sanding.
There are chemicals on the market that really minimize the effort.
05-09-2012, 06:38 PM
I tried a couple different chemical varities but this stuff called Jasco worked quickly and efficiently. Do Not let it sit long...comes off like butter....it also burns like a son of a....had some get thru my goggles and respirator mask while under the boat...5 seconds and I was sprinting for flushing-chem burns hurt
05-10-2012, 08:13 PM
I used an air chisel to remove the hard layer. Yes I had some niks but filled in with marine tex. Then used a DA sander to take off the discoloration and remaing spots. Make sure you have a large air compressor or it will take for ever and burn up or blow breakers all the time.
05-11-2012, 11:20 AM
I hand scraped the entire bottom of my 1976 21-Outrage right down to the gelcoat. Time consuming, but inexpensive....and not too much fun. It took about 20 hours, but I did it over the course of a week.
05-16-2012, 06:26 PM
I am done and did sanding, stripper, and scraper. It does suck but it will look great with the VC epoxy on it.