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Old 03-21-2003
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Bottom Job / Barrier Coat

Peel-Away seems to be the #1 choice. Or it''s Lowes/Home Depot equivalent. Second choice is probably blasting with sand or beads. A lot depends upon what the marina allows.

On my 37-footer I used paint scrapers, a wide one and a narrow one. Filed off the corners to prevent gouges. It took a long time but was very cheap with no dust or chemicals. I used 100 grit to finish down to white gelcoat.

There were about fifty pencil eraser size blisters that I dremeled and filled. Then five coats of Interlux 2000E barrier coat. I use a modified-epoxy bottom paint, Trinidad SR. I like the hard, smooth, fast finish compared to ablatives. I have easily gotten two seasons, could probably go three(in fresh water).
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