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Do it yourself sanding

We are about to purchase a 1977 Newport 27 and the paint is actually peeling off the boat at the water line. There are very few places in the midwest that does sodablasting, so I was wondering if it ispossible to do it ourselves? Both topside and bottom paint needs to be blasted and repainted. Thanks for your help !!

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You might want to contact in your area a body shop, they should know someone in the areas that does restoration on cars. If so, one of those guys may have the equipment.
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Thanks Tom....Thats a great idea, I never thought of that !!!

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The auto shop is definitely a good idea. I helped sand an entire Shark24 to the gel coat (topsides and bottom) and it was a tremendous amount of work. Just bear in mind that sandblasting can damage the gel coat. We sandblasted the keel of our boat and sustained minor gel coat damage at the keel/hull interface just from blowback. I would ask around and try to find someone with a reputation for being careful. Also, there are different "grades" of sand, some of which will be easier on your boat than others. I'm sure there are others on these forums that know more about this than I do. You might consider posting in the gear and maintenance section. If you decide to sand by hand, post again and I can tell you our experience. It might be helpful. Good luck
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i would make sure they have experience with vettes using soda
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