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zacthedog
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as you may know i am starting to do my tub up, and need to remove about 4 layers of paint from my fibre glass superstructure i have bought a scraper that you pull, seems ok but hard work, so any recomendation ?
Also the wood under my windscreen (which the previous owner has replaced) is as rotten as a pear and needs to be replced, also when it was done before it was botched and no longer has any hinges so does not fold flat, how do i repair that ?

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Hi Gary
As you know I don't really do plastic but as far as paint stripping is concerned I guess either a hot air gun or a chemical stripper. I think a call to Jason or George at LBBY would be first on my to do list.
As for the wood bit without seeing what you are talking about I couldn't possibly comment.  Smile
Good luck Garry.

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I had exactly the same problem with the wood mounting under the screen. I cheated and got Brooms to do it!

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If you use a chemical stripper make sure it's one that's safe for use on grp, such as this.

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With regards to under the windscreen frame, remove it, use it as a pattern and replace with hardwood using plenty of 5 star cuprinol and allow to thoroughly dry before using any varnish / paint


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I've always found paint removal from GRP to be very tedious, unlike how easy it is to remove from wood with a hot air gun or chemical stripper.

There are many dire warnings against using heat on gelcoat, and also the approved GRP chemical strippers are few and expensive, and all of the ones I've tried were useless. I followed the instructions very carefully, leaving it for the right length of time, but still very laborious and messy, compared with how quickly successive coats can remove layers of thick paint from wood with ease.

I found that machine sanding the paint on GRP was the most satisfactory way, with a vacuum extractor and wearing a dust mask.  What doesn't come off is then filling any hairline cracks, and is a good substrate for the new layer of paint.  You just need to be carefully to not go into the gelcoat, especially on the hull.

The main disadvantage of not being able to get all of the old paint off is that you can't then use two-pack, unless the remains of the originally was two pack already.

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