Removing Green Paint

TwoRivers

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Want to remove dark green paint ? Is it possible and worth the trouble to strip the paint and primer down to the original gelcoat? Would I be better off repainting in White or Green. I don't know what brand the green paint is or how long it has been on . The boat has numerous scratches,dings,etc. Enclosed picture of original and now. Was the boat originally Gelcoat from BHM ? I don't know why it was painted ? It was painted before 1995 ? What shape would the Gelcoat be in ? and could it be restored ?
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Im in the same boat sort of... I have a awlgrip that is failing and need to come out with something. Idealy I'd love to get back to gelcoat but not sure how practical it is. I think I have some pink primer underneath. Ideally Id like to do this in my yard, because man hour wise I can have plenty. I like the gelcoat aspect of it because if dust or other debris lands on it while coating its not the end of the world. I also like a "workable" finish. I just do not know how practical it is to do a boat that way. I may just try to do the transom, repair it and install a door one winter and see how it goes...
 

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This is my third post on this subject and after going back and reading my previous post and answers I should not have posted again,but I don't know how to delete the entire post. Looks like the consensus is just have the boat painted and be done with it. Thanks Guys
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I agree if you have money, sure go get it painted.

I'm curious if anyone on the site can chime in with experience of recovering from a awlgrip or other painted over gelcoat nightmare? How to get out of it... Thanks...
 

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I agree if you have money, sure go get it painted.

I'm curious if anyone on the site can chime in with experience of recovering from a awlgrip or other painted over gelcoat nightmare? How to get out of it... Thanks...

Sandpaper.:D It is probably easier to take it down to the gel coat and rejell coat it than it is to prep it for paint. With the gloss of paint, it will show everything. Gel coat is forgiving. You can build the gel coat to fill and it sands easy. Different fillers for prepping for paint can become a nightmare if you want that perfect finish.
 

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It all depends on what you want for a finish.If you have a work boat and want to make it look somewhat nice,I would roll and tip it with interlux brightsides.I have done a few of the boats we had this way and they turned out nice and lasted for 3 years before we did another coat.It is easy to use and when it gets banged up you can redo the whole boat for a hundred bucks or so with sandpaper and all.Awlgrip sucks on a work boat,it scratches way to easy and is hatd for the average guy to touch up.Just don't try to roll and tip on a dry day.Its best to be inside ,but a good job can be done outside if your not in direct sun,say an overcast day so you can work the paint.Keep the tipping brush clean and when I dries it looks like it was sprayed.2 or 3 thin coats covers up any dark color.We painted a blue boat white and it looked great.You could use interlux perfection if you wanted a job that would last longer,but you have to do more prep and its a little harder to work with than brightsides.Todays paint's are different than the old days, polyurethane last good and hardens up with a good finish and is easy to use with a little painting skill.If you aren't happy with the job it isn't that much to give it another coat.
 

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