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Dmarina 03-21-2013 10:08 PM

First bottom painting
 
I'm getting ready to bottom paint my boat for the first time. I'm using Interlux 2000E Primer. It states to use 202 Wash to clean the hull, that is a problem as it is not sold in Calif. Can anyone recommend a good hull cleaner to remove everything that needs to come off the hull, including wax. THANKS in advance.

benesailor 03-21-2013 10:27 PM

Re: First bottom painting
 
Ohhh......California...eco-conscious. I remember what that used to be like.

I would go to the local car supply/car paint supply dealer and ask them for the cleaner they use to wipe down cars. Make sure it is fiberglass compatible.
I'm sorry; i don't remember the exact name. It's been a while since i've painted a car.
In fact, California was the last place. Last paint job was a Candy apple red P/U in Lancaster,CA. My last Hot Rod was built in Pamdale; 1961 Pro-street Ford Falcon. Loved that Car. I'm sure the builder is long gone. 20 some yrs ago.

benesailor 03-21-2013 10:30 PM

Re: First bottom painting
 
Maybe you could get something like this... they will ship to CA
Eastwood Pre Painting Prep

PaulinVictoria 03-22-2013 12:27 AM

Re: First bottom painting
 
Dishwashing soap (the handwash stuff) is good at taking wax off.

T37Chef 03-22-2013 08:21 AM

Acetone

http://www.boatus.com/boattech/casey/restore-shine-to-fiberglass.asp

Faster 03-22-2013 10:23 AM

Re: First bottom painting
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by benesailor (Post 1006023)
Ohhh......California...eco-conscious. I remember what that used to be like.

I would go to the local car supply/car paint supply dealer and ask them for the cleaner they use to wipe down cars. Make sure it is fiberglass compatible....

We used something called 'Tumbler'.. got it from an autopaint supply store. Like all such solvent/cleaners, nasty stuff - use a respirator with the proper cartridge.

This was 15 years ago so maybe now there's another name...

benesailor 03-22-2013 11:13 AM

Re: First bottom painting
 
If you use dish soap as a degreaser/wash down. DON'T use soap with any type of additives IE. lotion.. We use to use Ivory. When we used to wet sand we would add a few drops of ivory to the water to take off extra wax.
That being said; i would still use a good de-waxer product to clean the boat before painting. You don't want to find out 2 years from now that you have adhesion problems. There are 2 types of adhesion; mechanical and chemical. Since you are using the mechanical method it must be free of all contaminants. The cleaner the better.

CalebD 03-22-2013 02:36 PM

Re: First bottom painting
 
Can you buy Interlux #216 thinner in CA? It is almost as toxic as #202.
Otherwise use Acetone or De-natured Alcohol.


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