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Re: Yet another bottom paint question, now featuring picture
Thanks everybody for the great information and advice. I do have more information that I didn't include in my original post, so all told I'm leaning toward just smoothing the edges and re-coating for this season.
- I bought the boat from the second owner, who had it for 28 years. Judging from the notes, receipts, and logs he gave me, he kept up very well with routine and periodic maintenance. He told me he put two coats on every other year, and never had any problems with the hull or paint. I'm guessing he did the same thing I'm considering (smoothing and re-coating chips,) which, while not ideal, did not cause him any problems in that 28 years.
- He used Pettit Hydrocoat, and I bought the same thing to avoid compatibility issues.
- For the most part, the current bottom paint does seem sound and well adhered. I plan to go over it well and find any other unstable areas.
I do agree that stripping the hull (soda blasting sounds enticing) would be the best way to go about this, and I'm not afraid of doing that at the right time. But right now, with a new boat at the beginning of the season (and before it gets too hot,) I'd like to focus on cleaning and sailing! So as long as the hull is as well protected as it was for the prior owner, I think I feel safe waiting until this fall or next spring to take it down to the gelcoat and start from scratch.
Many thanks again for the replies. Feel free to chime back in, as I'm learning a lot.