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Old 11-14-2001
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If I strip, will you look at my bottom?

Hah. Got you to look. Is there anyone out there with any expertise in light medium (ie., bicarbonate of soda) sandblasting? I saw it done once several years ago and was amazed at how it cleaned a theretofore never stripped 1961 Hinckley Pilot 35 to gelcoat perfectly. They tried "Peel Away" to absolutely no avail, then brought in this soda-blaster and did the job in less than 4 hours. Some of the paint seemed 1/4" thick. I thinking tenting a boat in a manner similar to asbestos removal, with positive air dust recovery, ground covering and blasting (with a pos. air suit on)should yield about a quart or so of dry material on a 40'' boat. I think that''s where we''re heading, and I''m very interested in it. Time to run some cost-benefit calcs. Anyone seen this done or anything similar to it? Any resources for the equipment, positive air systems, etc? KW
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