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Wondering what your hull might look like after it is soda blasted?

If you're wondering what your hull might look like after it is soda blasted, you can have a look at these pics:

Bottom Job - After Soda Blasting | Jim's Scampi 30 MK-IV Site - Helios

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This is my Scampi 30 MK-IV. Its about 31 years old now and didn't look this bad before the blasting. Of course, it was covered with who knows how many layers of different types of bottom paint. Apparently bottom paint is good for more than just a little anti-fouling; it can hide a multitude of sins as well.

There are many, many holes from osmosis blisters. You can see a bunch of badly done keel repairs, places where holes were patched and the bad condition the skeg and rudder are in.

This bottom is being redone by a pro. He will reshape the foils, repair the blisters, add an epoxy barrier, smooth, apply some Vivid and then smooth again. Hopefully it will be a good bit faster when its back in the water!
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I did media (plastic bead) blasting on aircraft and that doesn't surprise me. The substrate gets chewed up a bit when ya use that process. It needs a good bit of fairing when it's done.
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