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Hate to agree, I used MEK and it almost killed me. It was in 30F weather and took forever. This was prep for 2000 and worked as the barrier went on fine. Never again. I would pay for soda blast next time. Used 5gal for a 28' fin keel.
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Have you tried physically scraping it off? You may well find that goes faster(and costs less) even if it's more work. I would think the paint would be softer than the barrier, so you should be able to stop before you damage that.

Also the scrapings are dry and can be collected easily without quite the health risks as sanding it or the nasty solvents you're playing with now.
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Soda blasting seems to get nothing but positive reviews. I found that powerwashing removed a great deal of the heavier stuff although it was messy and the clean up a pain, but doable. After the powerwashing I used Interlux Interstrip 299E which is does not have the toxic methylene chloride in it and worked fairly well. The advantage to this and other strippers is that they have a gel consistency to them and you layer them on to a depth which keeps the solvent from flashing off and in contact with the paint. A plastic scraper works nicely for removing the paint after treating. At about $90 a gallon and I'd guess you could use somewhere between 3-5, it might make the soda blasting contractor look more reasonable.

The barrier coat should be fine with the Interstrip. You've already used MEK on it which will remove just about anything but a woman's grudge and isn't the healthiest product to be around. The trouble with the MEK is the same as acetone only less so; you cannot get enough contact time to penetrate and dissolve the paint before it evaporates. So you're basically scrubbing the paint off with a little bit of help from the solvent. Get's old quick, no?

If you're going to keep this a do it yourself project I'd try the pressure washer for the heavy stuff, giving due regard to laying out plastic sheathing for containment and clean-up afterwards. Then use the stripper for the remaining coats. I have not used the older methyl chloride strippers and cannot speak to their safety or effectiveness, although I have a sneaking suspicion that they are far more effective than the new and safer products.

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I haven't used this product, but I've heard good things about it. This formula is suppose to keep the barrier coat in tack. Also supposed to be the easiest system to use. Maybe someone has some first hand knowledge on the product.
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While I can't recommend anyone in your area, I would definitely recommend sodablasting. I had my boat sodablasted last spring...and it was worth every penny. Pressure washing is a bad idea, since the EPA is now cracking down on it and the resulting water pollution that it causes. Many marinas are now having to install a waste water capture system for their pressure washing operations.

There's a pretty good soy-based paint stripper that was mentioned in the sailing magazines in the last three months that might be worth trying.

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I took mine off with acetone years ago but recently a friend of mine went to VC Offshore which is compatible with VC17 and was very satisfied with the results on a trip to the Bahamas and back.. Unless you intend to stay south for a few years I would go with the Offshore.

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