What NOT to do!
So I really F...ed up this time. The windows on my boat are plexiglass bolted on the surface. The boat has a bright red accent stripe with slashes of bare fiberglass through it, and the paint extends under the windows. The paint was not in very good shape and I've made new windows. So I figured strip off the paint while the windows are off, and do it right.
I brought Peel Away paint remover, non-toxic, biodegradable, says safe for fiberglass. The instructions say it may take from 2 to 48 hours to work. I apply a coat and after 5 hours it has only removed a little paint. So on Saturday afternoon I applied some more, and covered it with the included paper (Heavy tarp on the boat, no sunlight). Went down to the boat early this morning, about 30 hours after application.
The gelcoat is absolutely DESTROYED! A stripe 10" wide and 8 feet long on each side of the boat with virtually no gelcoat, just glass fiber sticking up! Where the paint was, the gelcoat is in better shape, and the paint was not completely remove.
So now I have a freaking disaster on my hands! My boat never made it in the water last year, and now I've got a huge amount of work to do to repair the damage. I may not make it in again, what a bummer!
Gary H. Lucas