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Re: Bottom paint etc
So many of us went through the similar situation including myself just recently. I also received a quote for $1,500 for soda blasting and $5,400 for sanding, repairing small blisters, barrier coat and bottom paint.
I hired the soda blasting service directly but I still there was a good amount of sanding required. I did everything else and did not hire it out. You will find out quickly why they charge so much... because it is not pleasant work.
Soda blasting down to the gelcoat really exposes the age of the hull and how well it was maintain or if there are inherit issues.
I agree with BarryL, the removal and prep work is not expensive but very time consuming. Barrier coats and bottom paint can be done in two days.
We spent approximately $1,420 materials including barrier coating, bottom paint, sanding paper, new rollers, trays, air resp, etc... and took about 60+ hours. Which looking at the cost proposals we received, falls inline. ($1,420 materials, $75 hr (boatyard rates x 60 hrs =) $4,500 labor = $5,920.
You asked if you can soda blast and paint can be done for $2,000? If you are talking about soda blasting, prep work, barrier coat and bottom paint, I would say no.
If you decide to scrape and sand the bottom paint off, no major blister repairs, self perform all the work, then yes. It will be hard work and many hours.
S2 11.0A 36'