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Originally Posted by T37Chef
You definitely want to wear some protective gear including a good respirator, eye protection, and suit before you start scraping and sanding.
You can pick most of it up at Home Depot or Lowe's, except maybe the full face mask. Heres one by 3M Amazon.com: 3M 50051138541465 6800 Med Full Face 3m Respirator: Home Improvement
You could get away with a pair of protective eye wear and just a respirator such as 5000 Series Half Facepiece Respirators - Medium
Coveralls Amazon.com: DuPont TY127S Disposable Elastic Wrist, Ankle & Hood White Tyvek Coverall Suit 1428, Size Large, Sold by the Each: Home Improvement
Chipping away the paint with a putty knife or paint scraper is fine, but you will probably wanna sand after with a 60 or 80 grit using an orbital type sander with a vacuum attachment. PLEASE DO NOT sand without a vacuum attachment,
your dust will settle on your boats deck as well as any others nearby and after the morning dew, will be a PITA to remove, its rude and unfriendly to your neighbors and the environment IMO. After sanding I like to power wash everything and let it dry before painting.
If your changing paints, you would want to check its compatibility with the CSC before application. I used CSC once, never again...I just doesn't ablate on my boat therefore I have been sanding it away this spring. I am hoping Pettits SR40 will do better.
If you have a lot of paint build up, you may consider sanding everything or worst case having it soda blasted to remove all and reapply, and consider a barrier coat before that
For a small amount of sanding on soft paint like that, an orbital sander with vacuum attachment, using drywall sanding mesh works very well; the dust goes right through and the mesh resists fouling.
PPE is always a good idea, but if everything is connected right, there should be very, very little dust. If some dust is coming out of the shop vac, consider putting a hose on a discharge, venting into an old pillow case.
However, just a little scraping should get 90% of it. I did this many times.
(when asked how he reached the starting holds on a difficult rock climbing problem that clearly favored taller climbers - he was perhaps 5'5")
"Well, I just climb up to them."
by Joe Brown, English rock climber
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