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Old 28 June 2004, 05:35   #11
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This is a job I'll be doing next winter. If I may humbly suggest, interstrip or stripit to talk the bulk off, with acetone on a rag used as a final rub down to remove remaining residue or stubborn spots. Certainly not acetone to remove the bulk of it, I think you'd die before the job was finished.

I have also investigated wet sand, dry sand and soda blasting.
Dry sand is a bit too abrasive.
Wet sand is better, and apparently leaves a surface finish roughly like 240 wet&dry.
Soda is apparently the best and can very gently remove all the antifouling without touching the gel. Makes a bloody big mess though and needs specialised equipment.

Whatever way, it's still a shitty job IMHO.

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Old 28 June 2004, 06:58   #12
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Originally Posted by Stephen-RIB
Having been in the trade sometime now I have managed to distinguish between the small quantity of dilute solvents used on womans nails and the amount need to remove antifoul from a boat! I was offering common sense advice.

Yes and I was JOKING!!!!!

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Old 28 June 2004, 07:39   #13
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Thanks for the help everyone.

Having worked in the Gravure print industry for too many years I'm well up on most Solvents, and would not want to lay under my RIB using loads of Acetone to remove the Antifoul, I'd probably pass out first before slowly dying.

I'll get down to the chandlers at Port Solent at the weekend to see what they have, at least I know the names to look out for.

The Gel type that I can pressure wash off afterwards sounds good.

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Old 28 June 2004, 08:14   #14
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Originally Posted by Syd
An expensive but very effective sollution is acetone. Used carefully it will disolve the antifoul layer by layer without damaging the gelcoat.
Its never done me any harm and its always cost me an arm an a leg from the chandlers.

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