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    Default There's gotta be a faster way to strip??

    So I've started work on the Sanger and near as I can tell it has about 8 different paint/primer layers. My DA with 80 grit barely scratches this stuff... This first picture is where I sit after nearly 2 hours. The entire boat has been painted including the bottom. I'd like to get it back to the original gel and decide from there to either paint or leave the gel that appears to be in pretty good shape.

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    Have you tried using a razor blade.

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    I've tried all sorts of things. The paint is REALLY hard and is really thick. I think I've got myself talked into a chemical strip experiment.

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    you could try a 9" sanding disk on a variable speed grinder. there was a thread (vdrive section possibly) here a while back where they used that and appeared to work really well. I think it was a rayson craft or spectra restoration. I use a porter cable elec. d.a. p/n-7346sp, to remove gel coat, grind and prep. glass etc. It is significantly faster then my low budget husky air da. but significantly slower than a 4-1/2" grinder. I could really lean on it with my body weight and it just kept working and stayed nice and flat. (one hand directly over top of spindle) I would think with that much paint build up you could use the porter cable with 40/36 grit and get after it in the large flat areas. In the inside corners/radius's your still screwed. Maybe chemically attack it there. Good luck, have fun, hope this is of some help to ya.

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    X2 on the razor blade. Once I got a good bite with a razor, thats when it all started with my flatbottom. After I got the blade "technique" down, it came off pretty easily. I only cut myself 6 or 8 times when the blade folded back on me...lol. Good luck with your project!

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    Fiberglass paint stripper. It's what I used on my sanger, took me 4hrs to get mine down to original gel

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    When it comes to stripping a boat with a lot of paint jobs on it. Your screwed!!!! There are 3 ways to strip. Razor blade. Paint stripper. Or by sanding/grinding. Sanding/grinding would be last ditch effort unless you have a good touch with the tools. Even myself, who I feel can do this very well, only does this as a last ditch effort. Very messy & one small slip can cost you a lot of time in bodywork. Try a heat gun & the razor blade. Just pick a spot & warm the area up. Poke a llittle hole with the corner of the blade edge. Then use the corner of the blade edge to get under the paint & see if you can start working the layers off. If not the other two options are what you have left. There is no fast way of doing this. Thinking there is will only cost you later....Good luck.
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