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Old 19 December 2017, 06:00   #11
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when you say new do you mean intact [no holes, damage etc] but it will still have a key for the paint to adhere or it would just flake off. i would contact someone like hempel to see if they recommend anything but i suspect as BK has said thinners but you won't get it out of the key leaving a dull finish, if you're wanting a gloss finish [back to original] its worth finding out if you can paint on top of what you have as a prep for a two pack paint.
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Ok thank will see what they say
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Ok thank will see what they say

here's a range that might help marine strip which is a wash off might be the one VOC free so no probs to the environment.

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Will that not harm the gelcoat ?
Nope I've done a few and it doesn't harm the gel coat
I've also stripped a few that had little or no surface prep and required only a light flat off with 1200 wet and dry then a good polish with a rotary machine to get the shine back
I think a lot of rib people know they may want to return to gellcoat finish one day so don't go too mad with the surface prep
I've seen big cruisers that looked like they'd been rubbed down with a house brick to key them
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As beamishken says, cellulose thinners, often sold as gun wash, will be OK on the gelcoat. If it's not too coarse under the paint, you should know that matt finish is faster than glossy. Just passing it by you...
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