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Chemical Strippers & Gelcoat ???

Hi Everyone,
Hoping someone out there can offer some advice on removing the old varnish (possible cetol underneath)from the grabrails and other external fixtures on my C&C 32. Is there a product capable of this task without damaging the gelcoat ????

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Terry Clarke
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marine peel-away will not effect the gelcoat. www.peelaway.com

good luck

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Ahoy, Marine strippers can be very tricky, be very carefull once you get her coat off cause penicillin isn''t always available at the local West marine and no matter what anyone says always wash your stripper with vinegar afterward to stop the action. Sure giving her cab fare will make her leave but the vinegar really puckers them up!! Pirate of Pine Island
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Ha!Ha!Ha!Ha! Thanks for that one!

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Chemical Strippers & Gelcoat ???

I''ve always used the heat gun and scraper approach. Have to be careful though so you don''t burn the wood, yourself, or the gelcoat. I have done this MANY times on our old toe rail. I don''t know about Cetol, but varnish would come right up.

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Taking a heat gun to the gelcoat is a very BAD idea. It will MELT and BURN. Also, in general, the heat can drive substances into the wood. Try a chemical stripper.
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I wasn''t suggesting using the heat gun on the gelcoat....just the wood that has the varnish.

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