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Which sander for paint prep?

I need to prep the bottom of my boat for a new coat of paint and want to know which make a model of sander including accessories the gurus recommend. Thank you!
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Porter Cable 7335 or 7336 (5" or 6") is an excellent DA sander. You can purchase them with an optional vacuum attachment.
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Hey T37Chef, my boat is in Annapolis. Did anybody around here rent that to you?
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Hey T37Chef, my boat is in Annapolis. Did anybody around here rent that to you?
hey, let me know what you find on this, I will be sanding my bottom on the 5th of June.
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I would imagine some yard in Annapolis would have one to rent, check with Faucet downtown or Steve's Yacht Repair.

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It depends on how much material you need to remove. If you only need to rough up the surface or remove just a little material, I like any ordinary random orbital disc sander. If you need to remove more material, I very much prefer wetsanding by hand, using sanding discs made by 3M. They're about 8-9" in diameter, green in color, and have a product number of either 246U or 251U on the back. I fold them in half, which makes them fairly stiff, almost like a sanding block, and they fit the hand well. They're about $3.50 each at Zahneiser's at Solomon's Island, and I think you can also buy them at Fawcett's in Annapolis. One is enough to take a lot of material off my 35' boat, and still have some life left in it.

When you use a machine, you have to cope with the dust, and masks, etc., and you have to constantly lift the weight of the machine and press it against the hull. When you wetsand, you eliminate all that. You can work longer without becoming arm weary. I had to try it myself to become a believer.

If you want to strip years of accumulated paint down to the fiberglass, that's another question. I'm just finishing the job on my boat, and there is no easy way to do it yourself.

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Thanks for all of the feedback. I ended up borrowing a Porter Cable orbital sander from my neighbor that he had rigged to a Fein shop vac. It did a good job but far from dustless.
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