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    Whats the best way to strip the gelcoat from my 74 southwind . Its pretty bad

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    safe to assume this is the clear ? if so and its already flaking you might try high pressure washing first

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    on closer examination it doesn't appear to have gelcoat on it .
    its painted with some textured paint but its worn thru up front and badly faded everyplace else
    It sat in the southern nv sun for about ten years and the last owners children thought it was a jungle gym
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    ​Do you have any pictures of it ?

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    Quote Originally Posted by my70455 View Post
    on closer examination it doesn't appear to have gelcoat on it .
    its painted with some textured paint but its worn thru up front and badly faded everyplace else
    It sat in the southern nv sun for about ten years and the last owners children thought it was a jungle gym
    Is this a yellow Southwind tunnel dragster?

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    No it was red

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    DA sander and lots of paper

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    If you're trying to get down to the gel coat, use a heat gun. Paint remover works too if you don't let it sit too long!
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    This is what im working with
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    Quote Originally Posted by my70455 View Post
    No it was red
    LOL! I was wondering, when you said it was a textured paint. There was a yellow tunnel dragster, floating around(pardin the pun), that was coated with yellow rhino liner!

    They make an aircraft stripper that is for fiberglass. Works pretty well, just have to stay with it and make sure and rinse with water to neutralize it.
    If it is gel coat, no amount of chemical will remove it, the only option is to sand and grind!
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    I just finished grinding off the gelcoat on the bow of my cp hull. VERRY labor intensive. Im not sure what worked the best I went from a 4"grinder to a 7" coarse sanding disk to a belt sander with 36 grit . I think the belt sander did the best it left me with a flatter surface to work with. then I put a layer of fiberglass on it then sanded and filled low spots with bondo then more sanding then a final layer of that glass thats real thin then more sanding then about 3 coats of high build primer and sand between coats and now im ready to paint. made me nervouse as hell to take a grinder to it but it had to be done and I will say it came out better then I thought it would. looks like a new boat. I just hope it doesnt shrink up and show through the paint in a month from now.

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