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    Ive been reading some of the other threads about removing paint from gel coat. Some of the results are incredible to say the least. So I started sanding with an orbital using 220. It looks like the 70's are back. Seems to be working good but I went through a pack of 4 pads just to do this small area. Im not looking to invest hundreds in pads alone at this point. Is this normal? I am going to try the razor blade method tomorrow and see what results that yields. Any input is appreciated.

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    wata bout som ez off oven cleaner???? worked for me

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    Acetone works too. It won't attack the gel coat, just the paint.
    I removed over 35lbs of paint from my boat with a heat gun and paint scrapper. Worked great but it did dig too deep in some areas. I wasn't too worried because it was going to have some heavy glass repair done anyway.


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    Thanks for the suggestions. I don't have a heat gun but I have a harbor freight within walking distance. Which makes it surprising I don't have a heat gun. I have every other tool I don't need though.

    How long are you letting the easy off and acetone sit and do you just scrape it after that. Looks like I have a reas on to go to HF today

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    Buy the pads off ebay.... you can get a roll for dirt cheap.

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    With the acetone you'll know when the paint starts getting soft. It'll scrape right off. The heat gun takes some trial and error. If done right the paint will roll right off with the scrapper. I liked the heat method best. No chemicals to breath or absurd and little mess.


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    Thanks for the advice. So your using one or the other not the heat gun with the acetone right. Are you using a razor blade handled scraper or a plastic one?

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    Gasket scrapper. Metal not razor blade. Acetone and heat gun are probably 2 things you don't want to mix 🔥



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    Fuck all that Shit and to tell you the truth I can not count on both hands just how many people I know that have had there boat or Corvette blasted with ( baking ) Soda because when the granules strike the surface they disaggregate into particles so fine that they might as well be smoke .

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    Soda blasted? Wish I would've know about that, where were you 3 years ago? 😂


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    Thanks for the heads up. I tried the heat gun but I dont trust myself with a scraper. I gouged the paint quite a bit and so much for trying in an inconspicuous spot, right on the bow. I ordered pads off ebay but in the meantime the diablo pads from HD last a lot longer than the harbor freight ones. And cheaper. Havent tried the easy off and soda blasting might be out of the question. But at least I should be that much closer to paint. I cant believe someone rattle canned this to cover up this beauty. This is about two hours in, off and on
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    Looks to me like you're doing a fine job , you just need to be patient there's no short cuts .

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    Food for thought ..........................after everything is said and done I ......hope that you are considering a high build primmer ( Duratec ) prior to painting ?
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    Yeah heres where it gets tricky. My "plan" is at least for now get it down to the original gelcoat like it is now, then just gover over it 600, 800 then 1000, polish and see if I can maybe get test run or two in this thing season. BUT if the motor is shot, which I think it might be, I will just keep prepping for paint and I will leave that to the experts. I dont think a paint job I would be proud of is in my realm of capability but anything I can do to lessen the blow on the wallet Im game for. This is my first project, although Im learning a lot from this forum and confidence is building.

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