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I asked a similar question last week, and got a few responses that soda blasting seems to be the way to go, IF;
1. you have several hundred dollars to burn AND
2. you are either near a place that does it, or can get your hull there.
Neither option fit my project, so I am stuck with more crude DIY methods. I HAVE found that PEEL AWAY actually does 'just what it says on the tin'. It really does remove the paint! I have now tried both the PEEL AWAY I and PEEL AWAY II, and find that the one with the red-label (I think it is PEEL AWAY I) seems a little more tenacious. However, I just removed the cover from some PEEL AWAY II that has been sitting on some ROCK HARD non-skid for 4 days, and that stuff scraped away like warm butter.
I am going to go back to PEEL AWAY I, however, ONLY for the removal of the anti-fouling paint, as I have also had good results using a sander and 80 grit paper. I am going to try a 60 grit this weekend to get through the 5 layers of paint on the hull. Lat weekend I spent only about an hour and goto down to virgin gel coat on the transom and about 5% of the hull on one side.
So, my method: PEEL AWAY I on the tough stuff, then sand, sand sand. Just make sure you get a GOOD respirator, not the flimsy rubber-band dust mask kind..
Good luck, if you are interested in how I get on with the 60 grit, send me a private message.