Join Date: Aug 2003
Location: Long Island, NY
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Paint Strippers and Temperature
I think one reason I had disappointing results with two paint strippers is the air temperature. I'm on Long Island, and the temperature when I used the strippers was around 55. The Franmar stuff states the temp should be above 50. The Interlux stuff wanted it around 60, so I used it on the sunny side.
I also did not apply it the way Oldchief recommended. I used a bristle brush and painted it on. I used a thick coat, but I definitely brushed it on like paint.
Now I'm afraid it will be too cold for any strippers to work. I want the paint off before the spring, so I can concentrate on fairing and painting.
One thing I noticed yesterday when I was working on the boat is that it appears to be barrier coated already. There is a clear line about 1" below the boot stripe. Right below the boot stripe I see what I believe is gelcoat. another inch or so down from there is a gray colored material that is very hard.
Deep Blue C, 2002 C&C 110
Mt. Sinai, NY
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