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Old 17 May 2014, 16:34   #1
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Paint Removal

My avon rib has had its orange hull painted with a couple of coats of blue paint.
I have set about removing the paint with a pressure washer which has done a very good job, but I am now left with the hard core paint that won't shift so it's to the Armstrong methods now.
Is there any paint remover that I can use?
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Old 17 May 2014, 16:52   #2
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I used this stuff Toolstation > Painting & Decorating > Paint & Varnish Removers > Home Strip Paint & Varnish Remover for the paint ontop of my gelcoat on the deck of my rib it's a Eco paint remover so does not harm the grp or gelcoat underneath at all
Nitromors if left for too long can make the gelcoat go soft and tacky.

The Eco stuff does take a while to work though mine took between 2-3 hours left on before the paint was soft enough to scrape off.
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Old 17 May 2014, 16:54   #3
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Great help, thanks
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Old 17 May 2014, 17:30   #4
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Owatrol Marinestrip. Just used it to take about 7 years worth of thick antifoul + primer from my RIB. It works pretty well, you put a thick layer onto the paint and leave it for 12 hours (that's for antifoul though, if there's something different on the hull it should be a lot quicker).

Mine needed about 3 applications overall because of the sheer volume of paint on there, but yours should be less. Once it's been on there long enough to bubble and flake, we found it was easiest to scrape off all the loose stuff and then give it a good pressure washing. It tends to lift the top few layers and then make the rest really soft and tacky, to the extent that it just dissolves under high pressure water.

It's safe on pretty much everything except aluminium (don't think it destroys it, just hurts the finish) and YOU. Definitely worth wearing gloves and long sleeves, I got a pretty painful burn from a blob of it falling onto my wrist.
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Old 17 May 2014, 17:33   #5
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