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Old 03 July 2014, 14:54   #1
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What to use to remove paint of hull

Hi, first post, looking for help, I have just bought a mk1 rigid raider that has been hand painted hull, any one recommend how I can remove the paint off the hull with out damaging the gel coat under the paint, hope to get back to the green gel coat, cheers zip
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Old 03 July 2014, 15:19   #2
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Paint stripper shouldn't harm grp, do a small test area first
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Old 03 July 2014, 15:33   #3
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I used Owatrol Marine Strip to take several years worth of antifoul off my rib. It's good stuff, works best if you apply a thick coat, scrape off what you can with a tungsten carbide scraper (round the corners off first to prevent it gouging) and then pressure wash the hull. We found that it softens the paint as well as making it soluble, so pressure washing actually has quite a big impact. It takes so much longer than you'd think though, I thought it would be a weekend job, ended up taking weeks.
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I had surprising success with the citrus strippers here in the USA, not sure what you have over there. It might have taken a bit more goo but I had enough of nasty chemicals.

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Old 03 July 2014, 16:30   #5
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Hi, first post, looking for help, I have just bought a mk1 rigid raider that has been hand painted hull, any one recommend how I can remove the paint off the hull with out damaging the gel coat under the paint, hope to get back to the green gel coat, cheers zip
Use this stuff it Eco friendly and has no harmful chemicals and is non toxic used it on my boat does not even effect gelcoat in any way.

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Old 03 July 2014, 17:02   #6
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don't forget the gelcot was probably keyed/sanded to get the paint to stay put. you'll get it back shiny but you'll be using the polisher and 600 grade for a while
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Thanks for the info, was looking at the stuff from tool station, might give that a go, the small patches that the paint has come off looks like the hull has not been sanded, so may be in luck , cheers zip
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What colour is the paint on the hull

Is it black and brown done over a dark green gelcoat.
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Hi, I wish, no the boat was hand painted by the sea cadets I have been told, in bright orange as it must have been used as a safety boat, will try to get some pics up
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