Removing bottom paint advice

OVCabo216

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So when I got my CC it had recently been painted with bottom paint. I was told by the owner he had it applied since he was going to be leaving it in the water. It will now only be trailered and I would like to remove it and buff the original gelcoat both on top and what’s under the bottom paint, anyone ever do this?
 
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The one guy I know that tried sanded off most of the gel coat. Be careful.
 
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So when I got my CC it had recently been painted with bottom paint. I was told by the owner he had it applied since he was going to be leaving it in the water. It will now only be trailered and I would like to remove it and buff the original gelcoat both on top and what’s under the bottom paint, anyone ever do this?

there are no guaranteed result here, no guarantee the bottom was in good/perfect shape prior to the bottom paint.
This is a plan for the worst hope for the best scenario.
 
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have it blasted off , dustless blasting. there are also other medias for blasting off bottom paint. i've scraped about half off my bottom paint and will have the rest blasted off.
 
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There used to be a media blaster that used walnut shells or something along those lines that didnt screw up the gelcoat,I think @Ali posted something a couple years back maybe he will chime in.
 
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There used to be a media blaster that used walnut shells or something along those lines that didnt screw up the gelcoat,I think @Ali posted something a couple years back maybe he will chime in.
soda blasting .....
 
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Likely the soda blasting will leave a rough and slightly pitted surface.
Be fore warned you are taking a big chance if you go that route.
 
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wear a mask, that bottom paint dust sucks. I sanded a small section of the transom couldn’t imagine doing an entire sled. good luck
 
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if the paint scraps off easy then it means it wasn't applied properly, like on my boat. i got the easy to get to stuff off , but will have the rest soda blasted.
 
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Thanks! Yea I may leave it as is then, I know if it was applied correctly then it should have been sanded prior to, my plan was to wet sand if there was enough left and cut and polish with the rest of the boat. I thought it may be easier since when I washed the boat the first time it started rubbing off at the edge where the paint stops. I may check a test spot to see how it goes or leave it as is. Really prefer the cleaner look of no bottom paint since it’s not left in the water but really not worth it if it’s going to cause a ton of work.
 
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Thanks! Yea I may leave it as is then, I know if it was applied correctly then it should have been sanded prior to, my plan was to wet sand if there was enough left and cut and polish with the rest of the boat. I thought it may be easier since when I washed the boat the first time it started rubbing off at the edge where the paint stops. I may check a test spot to see how it goes or leave it as is. Really prefer the cleaner look of no bottom paint since it’s not left in the water but really not worth it if it’s going to cause a ton of work.

Bottom paint slows the boat down as well as eats fuel.
 
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I’m in the same boat as you guys who want to remove bottom paint. I was just talking to a buddy of mine about it today. Walnut shell would be fine. Just make sure who ever does it has experience in blasting.
 
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