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Old 22 March 2011, 10:41   #1
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Stripping for the summer

I've started stripping off the four layers of anti foul off the bottom of my ribcraft 585 and it's not going very well.

I have tried the international interstrip but it softens one layer and it really difficult to scrape off so I bought the diluet gel coat stripper and it is nearly useless. I think it not right as it has large crystals present in it. Has anyone else experienced this? Perhaps I have bought a duff batch that hasn't been mixed up properly. I have now resorted to scrapping the nasty stuff off with a carbide scrapper. Has anyone got any ideas as I need to remove the anti foul, flat it back and polish the whole of the hullbeginning to loose the will!!!!

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Old 22 March 2011, 12:39   #2
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There's a DIY grit blasting option that uses harmless soda crystals. Very effective and remarkably cheap. Sadly I can't remember the details but they did test it in a recent PBO issue.
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Old 22 March 2011, 15:36   #3
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This thread comes up all the time. Here's the posts from last year. http://rib.net/forum/showthread.php?t=32954

Getting access to the hull is half the battle. When it's on a trailer, you have limited access and can't really use any force or power tools as it's at a weird angle (rollers on the trailer get in the way, etc). Thinking aloud, it might be worth removing the engine, so you can get the boat on its side. The boat could rest on old tyres, covered with a tarpaulin. Just a thought?
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Old 23 March 2011, 00:58   #4
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There's a DIY grit blasting option that uses harmless soda crystals. Very effective and remarkably cheap. Sadly I can't remember the details but they did test it in a recent PBO issue.
Do a search for soda blasting. Fairly standard option nowadays. Might check with auto (car) restoration equipment suppliers for a small DIY kit.

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