We just picked up a little '73 D&D flatbottom last weekend, with the intention to just throw a motor in it and go water skiing. However, we are waiting on the motor and just can't resist doing a little bit of cosmetic work on the boat in the meantime. So now we have it off the trailer and pulled apart, repolishing stuff and just doing some deferred maintenance.
As you can see (maybe) it's all bitchin' old school silver metalflake, with the black accents painted on. Under the black, there is original red metalflake gel. We would like to do 1 of two things:
1. Remove the paint only, buff out and clear the original gel.
2. Sand the paint and repaint a different color, then buff and clear the whole thing.
For 1, we have not been able to find a paint stripper that would not screw up the fiberglass and gel. Anybody know of any stripper that would work in this application?
Right now we're leaning towards 2. However, even sanding the black risks screwing up the surrounding gel. Anybody have any recommendations on how to prevent that? I'm thinking of just masking around the black and sanding as I normally would, but the masking tape will undoubtedly get in the way of sanding and gum up the works, or just tear off immediately,.
As you can probably tell, we are not paint and body people by any stretch. We just like the flake and would like to make it pop again without getting too crazy on the project. Really, we shouldn't do anything at all to the boat and just go skiing but like I said we're waiting a bit for the motor and just can't resist making it better while we can.