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Old 02-21-2012, 05:00 PM   #1
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As the weather in the northeast begins to point more towards spring, I am begining to think of improvements for the upcoming season. Bought my boat used with bottom paint already on it. Over the past few years it has started to degrade and I think it's time to strip it down and repaint. At my work in a Naval Shipyard, the paint folks have been using Soy Strip from Franmar ( http://www.franmar.com/marine-boating.html ) for all kinds of paint removal, but none on fiberglass. Their youtube video looks promising, but Billy Maze makes kaboom look good too. Does anyone have experience with using this product on your boats? Any info or other recommendations are appreciated.

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Old 02-21-2012, 11:46 PM   #2
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out here in the pacnorwest....we're really environmentally friendly...usually.....so..what they do here is lay a huge tarp down and power wash the bottom... then sand away...enough to rough up the bottom and then fix any blisters....from there they roll the primer on and finally the bottom paint.....

I don't think I'd feel comfortable blasting away at fiberglass...


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Thanks SP, I was hoping to avoid all the time behind the sanding block, even with my little 1900 it seems like it will be very time consuming. A little stripper seems like it will avoid a lot of hassle.
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Here in the midwest we have same train of thought. Usually there is hard coat painted on the hull first.Then the soft coat is what you sand and repaint. It can be a nasty job.Make sure you have all your protective gear on with a good mask.

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