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I am considering a boat that was painted with Imron and needs work. I understand this paint is very toxic.

What''s the best way to remove this paint? Also, could I respray the hull over the existing Imron once its sanded?

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I am not sure how to advise you about removing Imron but once it has hardened Imron is no more toxic than any other paint. Imron, like any other linear polyurethane is quite toxic when sprayed and can do permament damage if proper protective measures are not taken. Imron can be allied over prior coats of old Imron with proper preparation. It is a nice paint that has very good durability properties. It is only subtlely different than Awlgrip in terms of sheen, color retention and durability.

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I''d like to point out that Imron is not recommended for marine applications. DuPont will tell you this themselves.
I do however know of many people who have used it with no problems.
But if the maker doesn''t recommend it for a specific purpose, I would hesitate to use it and go with a marine rated paint instead, such as Awlgrip or Interthane etc.
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Emron, Sterling, or Awlgrip...all are equally good and equally expensive and require much safety of spraying. I think Emron is "harder" and less affected by sun and polutants; Sterling is perhaps marginally harder than wlgrip (since it is primarily an airplane paint) but much of the staying power of any of these paints is based on prep and the thinckness of the paint applied. I have seen Awlgrip last 15 years in Florida and only 5 or six before chaulking and fading...
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