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    Has anyone ever media blasted to remove a couple layers of paint? I have a local guy that can media blast with soda blast but e is not sue if it will effect the gel coat. The boat has one really bad paint job on it, and I need to get it down to he original gel coat. Any help would be greatly appreciated.
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    I've heard of it before...saw some utube of it. Looks very interesting, and I'd love to try it. I'm sure if you didn't stay in one place for too long the gel would be fine. Try it on a small area and see....Can't be as bad as using paint stripper (like I'm doing right now). You have to be very carful not to let it stay on too long or it will soften the gel...I'd say you would have more control?

    If you do it, post you results (with pic's) of course

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    I had some paint soda blasted off a boat before. A good blaster can remove the paint layer by layer. It does leave the surface under where it was blasted rough. I'm not sure if the gel would polish up and be usable if they blasted the paint over it off. If the guy is good, he will definitely leave you a surface that is sandable and almost ready for paint. But without knowing how thick the gel was beneath the paint in the first place, I'd say it's a long shot at best whether the gel will be polishable and usable after the blaster is done.
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    I'm not to concerned about refurbishing the original gel coat. We plan n repainting it, I just wanted to know I the soda blast would damage the gel.

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    I had mine soda blasted and I wouldn't do it. If you trust the guy, I would make sure that you leave the primer and don't have him take off any more then that. I made that mistake and I am paying for it now. I have to sand my whole hull and spray fill it to try to get it smooth again. Not fun. I would have saved a lot of time and money just sanding it myself.

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    Not that i am an expert on this subject but ........it really works well ..considering i almost purchased a rig before the economy took a down - side .

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    Quote Originally Posted by gkimbel View Post
    I would have saved a lot of time and money just sanding it myself.
    Really ................considering all the time spent ...sanding , and not to mention the cost of sand paper alone or should i say One shot Sally having it blasted by the right people who know what they are doing .

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    Quote Originally Posted by OFFSHORE GINGER View Post
    Not that i am an expert on this subject but ........it really works well ..considering i almost purchased a rig before the economy took a down - side .
    My brothers paint and body shop bought a soda blaster. !

    They do a excellent job of removal without damage to the surface skin

    Great production tool in the body shop, saves time and money,in overall prepping costs.
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    Quote Originally Posted by BigSteve View Post
    My brothers paint and body shop bought a soda blaster. !

    They do a excellent job of removal without damage to the surface skin

    Great production tool in the body shop, saves time and money,in overall prepping costs.
    Hell yes , and you got that right ...........................

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    OSG said it rt. If the guy KNOW'S WHAT HE'S DOING !!!!.I have done had this done. Would I recommend it? It depends on how much paint, primer, clear etc is on the job..If its a big job with a lot of material. Absolutely not. Especially on fiberglass. My experience has never been good. I've always spent a ton of time making it good/straight again.
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    Here are the pics of what mine looked like while it was getting done. The boat had the original paint on it. You can see he went all the way through the paint, primer, Gel and into the glass (all the spots).



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    I have the same boat, I just used stripper on it to get down to the gel. I considered getting it blasted. But It's gonna be alot of block sanding to get level with him going through the gel

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    I read somewhere that you might have trouble getting paint to stick after soda blasting. That the soda material leaves a residue and if not fully cleaned well can give adhesion issues.

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