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Old 11-19-2011, 05:21 PM
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I want to remove the bottom paint from my 24' Offshore C/C.
I have a few questions,
1. Any recommendations for someone to soda blast in the Tampa, St. Pete area?
2. What condition is the bottom going to be left in for me to buff out the bottom back to gel coat?
3. What is the going rate?

I appreciate any advice to bring the hull bottom back to gel coat.

The boat is on a trailer, only when we vacation in the Keys, does it stay in the water for Any length of time.

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Old 11-19-2011, 05:40 PM
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http://www.thehulltruth.com/boating-...tom-paint.html
link to my thread where I did the same minus soda blasting.
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Old 11-19-2011, 06:29 PM
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Kurttruk, So what did it end up costing you? Would you do the same method again?

So the Zip Strip, does it hurt the gel coat? Sounds like stripping then sanding would be alot quicker.
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Old 11-19-2011, 06:33 PM
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I have done a couple of small test spots to see how hard It would be. Sanding that is.
Getting it off the trailer would make it easier.
Still like the idea of soda blasting, for the right price of course.
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Old 11-19-2011, 06:34 PM
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I sanded the paint off. i dont trust chemicals to not damage anything. Many though commented on how much easier it would have been to use the chemical peels.
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Old 11-19-2011, 08:01 PM
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I can tell you sanding is the best option. These guys doing the blasting will most of the time create a horribly uneven finish. Its too difficult to be precise. Chemical strippers are ok but toxic. Sanding still has a toxic dust but you can contain it and suit up.
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Old 11-20-2011, 09:04 AM
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Thanks for the reply guys, I definately do not want to get into a bunch of gel coat repair after soda blasting. I might try the chemical in a test spot to see how that will work. If not break out the sanders, vacuums and dust mask.
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i started stripping mine when i pulled it out to get a head start on it for the spring.i started with zip strip then an 80 grit sandpaper. i have about 10 or 11 hrs into so far as im taking my time. im over half done and will try to get a few more hrs before it gets covered up for the winter. the zip strip cut way down on the sanding. boat is a 26ft cat. its a bit of a pain doing inside the tunnel while still on the trailer but ill wait until spring before i take it off to finish in case i have to move it for any reason
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Last time I stripped a bottom of my boat in Fl I used the Marine paint peel away system. Worked very well and created a minimal mess to clean up. You do have to follow the instructions closely and do it on warmer days for best results. Here is a web site that has it available in bulk quanities at a very good price. I would recomend ordering a spare peel away sheet kit at the time also. Whem I was done bottom was clean and no damage to gel coat.

http://www.paintremover.com/paint-re...FYHe4AodTmwyrg

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Old 11-21-2011, 12:26 PM
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K-N-T,

Give James a call at 727-422-2628, they do an excellent job of bottom paint removal
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