Bottom Paint Removal-So Cal Recomm. Needed

forefrazier

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Have read all the posts about how crappy a job removing bottom paint is and how it is not worth the $$ etc. but I am still going to give it a shot. Did a test on some misc. sections and the gel coat looks good underneath. Should be able to be restored with some time, money and wet sanding/polish after removing the one coat of paint that has been on the boat for about a year or so. Before that it was never painted.

Anyone have a recommendation on where I might start looking for this service? I am in OC so local or within reason would be ideal. Thanks!

-Steve
 
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TAPOUT

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I had all the bottom paint removed from my Whaler by Shelter Island Boatyard. They have a new product they are using. Ask for Scott or Wayne. BTW, I starting doing it myself and it's not a fun job. Well worth the money IMO. Good luck.
 
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45king

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Steve at socal oceansport in seal beach just did my 19' bw montauk.

I also started myself and after an hour I said fuck this....!
 
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forefrazier

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Pretty sure it is about $100 or so a foot. Not sure what that covers though. Removal only or restore also? Maybe one of the guys that have done this before can chime in.

Thanks for the two recommendations so far. I will call them both. Don't mind hauling down to SD if that is the best solution but obviously the closer the better. More recommendations/experiences welcome....Thanks!
 

brokeass boater

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I did,, with help from family,, tried paint stripper, sanding, sand blaster. The sand blaster went the fastest. Stopped before the gelcoat, and sanded the rest. Once it was all removed, the gelcoat didn't look all that great. I repainted with marine paint. I was so over sanding. If your looking for a never been painted look, Im not sure if that's totally possible without a lot of time and labor. You may have to spray new gelcoat for a perfect match. If I add up all the money on materials that I spent, plus paying the cheap labor for DIY, I think ponying up a few hundred more would of having it soda blasted made it the better choice,,,gregg
 

middleofnowhere

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Finco in Costa Mesa. The guy goes by 40-grit here on BD. Definitely get a quote from him. He did my epoxy barrier coat and bottom paint. I'm sure he could remove as well.
 

ShadBurke

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Basin Marine in Newport removed the paint on one of my 18' guardians since the previous govt agency decided not to use any primer and paint was just flaking off after a few months.

They used paint stripper and did a small section at a time, using a scraper and watched it all come off. Took almost a full day.

Dont have a full cost since they laid down primer and put on interlux ultra, which is different from your situation.
 
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brokeass boater

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I miss read your post, sorry for that. I'm in Norcal so no suggestions on where but my suggestion on soda blasting stands, good luck,,,gregg
 

forefrazier

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Thanks Gregg....I have heard walnut shell may be a bit less aggressive than soda and does the same...
 

el Toro

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Just curious, why? Seems like a lot of work and expense. People pay good money to have a boat bottom painted, why take it off?
 
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40Grit

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I started Finco doing racing bottoms for sailboats. Over the years and countless reams of sandpaper, we use paint remover. By doing small sections you can control the burn, and limit Gelcoat softening. This approach eliminates using heavy grit grinding and associated deep scratches.
Once the paint is removed, we sand back the residual paint and primer.
Depending on age and quality of the original finish, we will continue to sand going up in grit profile until we can shift to heavy compound.
The challenge with these projects is practicality. Gelcoat gloss level on the keel of trailerable fishing boat are fairly broad.
Other solutions are re Gelcoating the waterline area and routinely the keel. Every one of these projects will have different solutions. The late model dealer painted bottom will be very straightforward, the multiple layered heavily sanded and epoxy primered bottom will require more restoration.
Attempting an online per foot estimate is difficult without digging deeper and seeing the boat and applying a bit of remover revealing what lies beneath.
My challenge is to find that balance of practicality and value.
 
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?? fisherman

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Just curious, why? Seems like a lot of work and expense. People pay good money to have a boat bottom painted, why take it off?
For a trailer boat, bottom paint is no bueno.

1. It will often decrease the boats value and take away potential buyers. I will will think very long and hard before buying a boat with bottom paint, and I know of many other guys who do the same.

2. Creates drag on the bottom of a boat, producing less MPGs.

3. looks ugly on trailer boats

The unknown fisherman:p:
 

dcdude

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Yes. That's exactly why I asked for recent recommendations here in 2019. I've already noted the previous yards mentioned. Just looking for more info while trying to maintain the hygiene of the board. Avoiding multiple threads on the same topic consolidates topics and improves the search experience.
 

kindafishy

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on my first boat i took on this challenge head on......what i learned.....what worked best for me was easy off oven cleaner, long heavy duty rubber gloves, and the big curly stainless steel wool. spray a area, scrub the crap out of it, let it sit for a bit, and pressure wash of. it was alot of work, but not so bad i wouldn't do it again. (only now i'd find some neighborhood kids to pay 10 bucks a hour and let them scrub.)
 
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MagBayCo

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No easy way out if you want to get to and save the original gel coat finish .

I’ve done it on several Boston Whalers.

As Finco described above. Paint remover, scraper, when just at a thin layer left before gel coat, sanding, wet sanding, compounding. Finesse it and wax.

I have been able to get through 50 years of bottom paint to save gelcoat lates down in ‘68.
 
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