Total removal of ablative paint

Total removal of ablative paint

Postby Hershey » Mon Jan 30, 2017 8:18 am


I am planning on using VC-17 on my boat for 2017. Of course many years of an ablative paint were on my hull.
I have removed most of it.
Does anybody know of a solvent to help removing the remaining paint?


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Re: Total removal of ablative paint

Postby delling3 » Mon Jan 30, 2017 2:03 pm

Assume you sanded it off? You might be able to rent a set up to do soda blasting.
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Re: Total removal of ablative paint

Postby shnool » Sun Mar 19, 2017 7:58 pm

Find someone to soda blast it...
Walnut shells work too...

You can sand it all off, but its toxic as heck, and its HOURS of back breaking work. It is worth EVERY FREAKING MINUTE of it, in speed boost you'll get, but it stinks and I believe solidly that if you can find a blaster that has experience doing it, its worth the $1500 or so to have someone else do it... yes its worth THAT much to me.

I manually sanded my Capri 25 down to gelcoat, the barrier coated, and VC17m... It took weeks upon weeks (of my spare time) and its dangerously toxic (a good respirator is mandatory).
- former owner 1989 Capri 22 hull number 513, standard rig wing keel Mark I race package -
Then I upgraded to a 1982 Capri 25 fin keel (fun boat!)
Former 1982 S2 7.9 weighted daggerboard, with outboard (also a fun boat),
NOW 1983 WD Schock Wavelength 24
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