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post #5 of Old 09-26-2011
Sailormon6
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I have used paint stripper to strip 2 boats, and it works, but it won't work in cold weather, and, although it's faster than sanding, if you know how to do it, but it's still slow and tedious. Also, you can't use the stripper available at your hardware store, even if it has a picture of a boat on the label. It's too aggressive and will dissolve gel coat. There are paint strippers that are formulated specifically for fiberglass. I have usually had to special order them. Occasionally you can find them locally in a paint store that specializes in automobile paints and auto body supplies. For a 40' boat, I would recommend that you bite the bullet and have it stripped by a pro. Any way that you DIY, it will be an awful job.
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