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03-29-2010 11:02 PM
Originally Posted by hellosailor View Post
Topsides = .
Gawd damnit, I always think of going " topside " as in going on deck..............old brain I guess.........sorry
03-29-2010 10:27 PM
hellosailor Topsides = the outer skin of the hull between the waterline and the deck, and that's normally resin gelcoat on a plastic boat. Not paint, so paint stripper won't bother it. Oven clear, like lye, will soften and destroy it eventually but gelcoat isn't just cosmetic, it is keeping moisture out of the laminate. You don't normally want to remove it, you would sand/refinish/repair it and then apply a new coating ("paint") OVER it.

Make sure of what you've got before you destroy it.
03-29-2010 10:03 PM
poopdeckpappy One of our boats I used Peel Away, it's like a wallpaper paste that you either brush or roll then cover with a paper ( supplied ) worked pretty good as long as you let it work and do it with good temps ( the warmer the better ), if a stripper doesn't remove the old finish, just prep the deck,prime and finish
03-29-2010 09:56 PM
Originally Posted by tager View Post
Scraper, then heavy grit paper to even it out. Soda/sand blasting may be economical.
Soda blasting will remove all the paint but leave the gel coat intact. Sand blasting will remove the paint and the gel coat along with it.
03-29-2010 08:20 PM
tager Scraper, then heavy grit paper to even it out. Soda/sand blasting may be economical.
03-29-2010 05:29 PM
xort I'll second the question about what it is. Do you know it is paint? Do you know if it's a 2 part paint or a single part paint? What are you painting over it?

IIRC, if you are painting with a 2 part paint you have to have a 2 part paint under it (or gelcoat) if you are painting with a single part paint, you can have a single or a 2 part or gelcoat under it.
03-29-2010 05:11 PM
jarcher How much of the deck are you doing? If the entire thing, maybe you want to have it soda blasted?
03-29-2010 03:22 PM
FishSticks If you connect a vacuum to the sander the job will go much faster, you will use way less paper and you might live longer by keeping the dust off you. And it's much better for the environment. The vac keeps paint from building up and melting into the paper. The Fein vacuum is a great one for this type of project and super useful to have in your shop.
03-28-2010 08:00 AM
Freshbreeze Are you trying to strip the Gelcoat?

If not, keep at it! it took 2 months to sand the Deck, Cockpit, Topsides, Hull, and Keels of a 20 foot bilge keel yacht.

I learnt a lesson about stripper - ensure you throughly wash it off with water after it has done it's job. Another bit of advice for paint stripper - cover it over with clingfilm. It should make it easier!
03-28-2010 07:38 AM
degreeoff you sure its paint and NOT gelcoat?
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