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    I started to sand some aeras to see what it looks like
    i see new colors
    when im sanding the puple (u can barly see in pics)comes off easy but the white is a [email protected]#$%ch iwas wondering is they sprayed gel on white only .
    my other question is where to stop is it enough when i hit the other colores and how do i tell whats gel and whats not
    i sanded down to the glass in one area wrere there where spider cracks anyway it seems the yellow is the first coat is that the gel
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    Quote Originally Posted by Project Bahner View Post
    when im sanding the purple (u can barly see in pics)comes off easy but the white is a [email protected]#$%ch iwas wondering is they sprayed gel on white only .
    Entirely possible. Mine was done that way. White gelcoat on the bottom and a whole butt load of paint colors on the deck.

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    so should i just stop at the bottom colors and start any repairs
    will glass stick to it

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    Disclaimer.........I'm no expert. Just a back yard hack. That being said.......

    Although I've done some repairs by just roughing up the gelcoat with an 80 grit disc, to be on the safe side I'd probably take it all the way down to the mat. What are you using to sand with? To make really quick work of it a 4" angle grinder with 80 grit sanding wheel works great. It's a bit of a beast though and you really have to be careful. If not you'll end up with more repair than you want. My angle grinder is an absolute animal so I really had to watch it.

    Used to hit mine with the angle grinder to get the bulk of it off, then switch to the random orbit to finish it off.

    If you're just using a random orbit sander you might try going with a more aggressive grit disc. It shouldn't take long to sand it. You want to leave a rough texture so the new glass and resin have something to bond to.

    Had delamination issues with the boat pictured below and pretty much rebuilt the bottom including strakes. Also glass'd in hardwood strips on the inside areas to strenghen everything. It's all still hanging in there.

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    I'd be real careful on how aggressive you get with it , angel seems a bit much ,
    even with a DA sander you need to keep it real flat otherwise you will end up with all kinds of high and low spot and you'll be filling a block sanding for weeks
    post it in the paint fiberglass section,, I've heard use a stripper

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    Quote Originally Posted by smitt19 View Post
    I'd be real careful on how aggressive you get with it , angel seems a bit much ,
    even with a DA sander you need to keep it real flat otherwise you will end up with all kinds of high and low spot and you'll be filling a block sanding for weeks
    post it in the paint fiberglass section,, I've heard use a stripper
    If I'm reading this right he's got spider cracks to fix (glass work). Pretty sure he needs to get down deep enough and glass it or the crack will just come back again. In other words he's going to have some block sanding to do anyway. All the cracks that I've ever seen that were just covered and not actually fixed all came back in a year or so.


    Quote Originally Posted by Project Bahner View Post
    so should i just stop at the bottom colors and start any repairs will glass stick to it
    I could be wrong.

    This guy is right though. Like I said I'm a hack. Post this up where the experts are and see what comes back.
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