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Acrylic Wax Removal

I feel like my arm is about to fall off after working on removing several layers of acrylic wax from my hull. I've primarily been using diluted ammonia in the interest of avoiding harsh chemicals. Does anyone have any recommendations of a product or method that would help save time (and my arm)? Thanks.
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Something like Interlux Solvent Wash 202 would do the job. It is designed to help remove waxes from fiberglass in preparation for painting a boat.
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Try using harsh chemicals, there is a reason they work. If its envioromentaly freindly it means hard work on your part.
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BTW, Ammonia is a pretty harsh chemical in its own right...
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Use Dupont Prepsol and wear nitrile gloves, both available at professional autobody supply stores. It's probably a lot less caustic than amonia.
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There's an acrylic called PoliGlow. They sell a product designed to remove acrylic "waxes." I believe it's called PoliPrep.
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If polyprep, etc. doesnt work ....

I took paper kitchen towels, soaked them a straight ammonia, covered the towels with saran (to prevent drying) and let soak .. and that loosened most of it. For that which was left I did the same with acetone. Just about any 'floor wax' stripper (usually contains highly concentrated ammonia) will loosen this stuff.
..... and then I learned how to properly mechanically buff-out gelcoat with a high speed autobody shop polisher and knobby foam pads.
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This is what I have to do on the canopy on my pickup. The acrylic wax is peeling off.

Then rewax & buff the whole works.
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