Join Date: Aug 2006
Location: Kittery, Maine
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I had my Pearson 30 soda blasted last winter, and I have no regrets. It was $1200 well spent. There was so much paint on there, that they uncovered a 3 ft strip of fiberglass tape on the trailing edge of the keel that I didn't even know was there.
The only thing that was weird was that in some areas, it opened up a bunch of little pinholes - apparently air bubbles in the gelcoat. I just skimmed over those areas with thickened epoxy and sanded and there is no evidence that they were a problem.
I used a tie coat and then West Marine PCC over that, and haven't had any peeling. The paint looked really great when it was hauled in the fall.
The guy who did my soda blasting had a lot of experience with boats, so YMMV.
"Figment" 1978 Pearson 30 #1083