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Sodablasting and Painting Topsides

I'm getting ready to do a complete bottom paint job on my Bayfield 29. I was going to sodablast the bottom but what about above the waterline. This area has some gouges and is dull and worn. Can I sodablast this prior to applying perfection? I've been in touch with the Interlux rep regarding primers and finish coats. A friend of mine (professional) is going to spray the paint.

What about the thruhulls? Do these need to be removed? It seems like a lot of work.

Thanks for any advice.
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Dont soda blast above the bottom edge of the cove stripe, or on any gelcoat not covered by bottom paint. There is no benefit and you may find it a real pain to properly fair the resulting pitted finish so that even a great paint job dosen't look all orange peel.
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Second what SF said, and don't remove the through-hulls... just tape over them to protect them from the sodablasting.
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