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removing handpainting from gelcoat

The previous owner handpainted his name on the stern over the gelcoat. Anyone know of a safe way to remove this?

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Re: Hull & Deck Painting

A product called Aqua Strip worked for me, it's gelcoat friendly.

It's available from another vendor now, under a different name by the look of it:

Sunnyside Corporation - Paints & Specialty Removers
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Re: removing handpainting from gelcoat

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The previous owner handpainted his name on the stern over the gelcoat. Anyone know of a safe way to remove this?

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Easy Off oven cleaner - if he used sign paint. Spritz it on and wipe the lettering off.
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Re: Hull & Deck Painting

Thanks for the insights. Getting ready to paint over some epoxy repairs..
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Re: Hull & Deck Painting

Any thoughts on removing varnish and cetol from gel oat?
Razor method seems ineffective.
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Any thoughts on removing varnish and cetol from gel oat?
Razor method seems ineffective.
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Re: Hull & Deck Painting

A word of warning before using Perfection. I painted my boat (deck and topsides) with Perfection 5 years ago. I also failed to properly prep the surface. I now have some areas where the paint has lifted off. To be specific, when I taped around my handrails before sanding (to avoid sanding the deck paint) a majority of the paint came off with the tape. I used Frog Tape, which holds better than the regular blue stuff. Now since the boat is out of the water to fix the large hole I put in the hull, I decided to repaint the deck.

Unfortunately since this is a paint adhesion problem, I can't just scuff it and repaint it. I have to strip it off. Interlux says no stripper will touch it that won't also eat the gel coat, so I'm told it will have to be sanded off. There is a lot of deck to sand on a 27 foot boat, especially when you have to remove ALL of the Perfection. Way too many nooks and crannies to have to hand sand.

Proper surface prep is key. Make sure you sand the whole deck with 80 grit, especially the smooth areas. The paint seems to have adhered fine to the non-skid areas. I spent a lot of time with Interlux 202 and bronze wool getting the non-skid clean. I didn't spend much time at all prepping the smooth areas. Now I'm paying for it.

I'm calling a blasting company tomorrow to see how much to soda blast it.
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Re: Hull & Deck Painting

I'll be curious to hear what that will run you. Do you remove all the hardware before they do that? What about the teak?. I'll eventually be facing the prospect of dealing with my 1 part deck paint as well. It's holding ok in most areas but the deck hardware wasn't removed when the PO painted it so it's peeling back especially in those areas. One of the biggest problems is that its pure white. I wouldn't chose that myself, it shows everything. Off white would be preferable.
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I'll be curious to hear what that will run you. Do you remove all the hardware before they do that? What about the teak?. I'll eventually be facing the prospect of dealing with my 1 part deck paint as well. It's holding ok in most areas but the deck hardware wasn't removed when the PO painted it so it's peeling back especially in those areas. One of the biggest problems is that its pure white. I wouldn't chose that myself, it shows everything. Off white would be preferable.
My deck hardware and teak got removed yesterday.

You could be in luck because you may be able to strip your 1 part paint with chemical stripper. Most auto parts stores can get you paint stripper for use with fiberglass that will remove a 1 part paint without eating the gel coat.
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Re: Hull & Deck Painting

I had so MUCH BAD paint over gelcoat to deal with i had to use the NOT-SAFE STRIPPER

I brushed on a section and as SOON as it bubbled a bit i scraped and brushed it off and it was very effective as the gelcoat withstands it for a little bit









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