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Worn Topside Paint - can it be stripped?

I've been looking at a few used boats, and saw one this weekend that really caught my eye, in part because it has dark topsides. There's something about that look - especially green or blue - that I really like a lot. I used to be very active on the Catalina 25 owner's board, and folks there were pretty strong to warn against painting, whether it was topsides or deck, because it always wears. Well, I now see what they mean. The boat that I saw today showed clear signs of where the bumpers had rubbed against the topsides and worn away the paint, so now I can see the white hull underneath in places. Can the rest of the paint be easily removed? Or would I be better off trying to touch up the paint? The big caveat there is, the owner of the boat is MIA (long story), so I won't be able to tell what kind of paint it is.
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Re: Worn Topside Paint - can it be stripped?

I can't really give you a good answere as it really depends on what's on there ,what you want to put back on and how good you want it to look

The touchup deal is not going to workout well


Even if the paint is in fairly good shape and the right type to paint over its a LOT of work to sand it to the point new paint will adhere and look good
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Re: Worn Topside Paint - can it be stripped?

That's what I was afraid of. Is there a good way to figure out what kind of paint it is?
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Re: Worn Topside Paint - can it be stripped?

Put some acetone on a rag and wipe it across the paint in an area that won't look worse for it. If color comes off, it is probably acrylic (like awlcraft). If not, it is probably an LP paint (like awlgrip).

If the fenders literally rubbed through the paint, to the hull, I'm going to bet its acrylic, which is much softer. The good news is it is more easily repairable. However, from the sound of the abuse, I would strongly recommend a complete do over.

Fleece fender covers are mandatory, if your hull is painted.
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Re: Worn Topside Paint - can it be stripped?

Thanks for the acetone and felt suggestions.

I will also have to remove the name off the back, and I can't tell if that's vinyl or paint. So, what I am thinking of doing is living with the cosmetic issue this season and waiting until next spring to touch her up.
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Re: Worn Topside Paint - can it be stripped?

If the name is vinyl you'll be able to catch the edge with a fingernail.. it's not too difficult to tell.

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I will also have to remove the name off the back, and I can't tell if that's vinyl or paint. So, what I am thinking of doing is living with the cosmetic issue this season and waiting until next spring to touch her up.
Did I miss something? have you bought a boat?
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Re: Worn Topside Paint - can it be stripped?

No, not yet. Saw a good contender yesterday, just trying to get a handle on the cost of some of the repairs that are needed.
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Re: Worn Topside Paint - can it be stripped?

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.....living with the cosmetic issue this season and waiting until next spring to touch her up.
There is a big advantage having a new boat and not worrying about a few dings and scratches as you get used to her.

However, when you're ready to paint, you're really going to want to do it right. Beyond the skill necessary to fade in a repair, paint will UV fade and make it very hard to color match. Even if it looks good to the eye, it will be marginally faded and your touch up could be very noticeable.
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Re: Worn Topside Paint - can it be stripped?

Sorry, bad choice of words on my part. I meant repaint the topsides, not just do touch-up.

You made a good point about the scratches being allowed to survive at least one season, I hadn't thought of that. My laziness my yet pay off!
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Re: Worn Topside Paint - can it be stripped?

Jim, I knew someone who bought a beautiful metallic green boat. Supposedly the PO had been a BMW dealer who had his paint shop paint it. With the wrong automotive product, so it wore down from the fenders too.

If the paint is just worn, you can paint right over it--if you can be sure of what it is, and that new paint will adhere to it. Putting on a primer coat might help ensure that. But if you can't be fairly certain of what paint was used, sanding might be in order. Either to help adhesion, or to strip it off so you can be sure of what you're starting with.

Le$$ to worry about if you can find a boat that simply has the original gelcoat, and just needs some polishing and waxing.
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