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Old 09-09-2011, 05:56 AM   #1
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Removing paint from the gelcoat?

Hello! I am new to the list and have a question. I am thinking about buying a little Boler that is in rough shape. One of the issues is that someone painted (looks like with s paint brush) the gelcoat. I would like to remove this "paint job" and I'm wondering if it is possible to do without destroying the original gelcoat? If it's possible any suggestions about how? Thank you! ...more questions to follow. :-)
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Old 09-09-2011, 02:46 PM   #2
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Removing paint from Gelcoat?

Hello! I am new to the list and have a question. I am thinking about buying a little Boler that is in rough shape. One of the issues is that someone painted (looks like with s paint brush) the gelcoat. I would like to remove this "paint job" and I'm wondering if it is possible to do without destroying the original gelcoat? If it's possible any suggestions about how? Thank you! ...more questions to follow. :-)
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Old 09-09-2011, 04:10 PM   #3
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I removed some old paint from a lower section of our UHaul with some paint thinner on a rag. For a whole trailer, you may want to go a different route since it would take a long time one small section at a time. Perhaps someone else has an idea. There is also a product called RedMaxx Pro at Lowe's that we use as a finish for the gelcoat. They also have a stripper to use as a prep before using the RedMaxx Pro. That could work, but you'll want to test a small section first. The RedMaxx Pro (no. 3) finish would shine the gelcoat right back up if it got a little dull from the paint removal. Is it latex or oil-based paint?
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Old 09-09-2011, 06:23 PM   #4
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I have no personal experience with this product, but I'd think it would be worth a try (or one like it) rather than SANDING. Marine Paint Stripper GL YMMV
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Old 09-10-2011, 05:52 AM   #5
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Read the thread re "Painting the Exterior". It's fairly comprehensive and contains a lot of information about removing paint as well as repainting.
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The same topic is posted here: Removing paint from Gelcoat?
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Old 09-10-2011, 09:13 AM   #7
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Hello! I am new to the list and have a question. I am thinking about buying a little Boler that is in rough shape. One of the issues is that someone painted (looks like with s paint brush) the gelcoat. I would like to remove this "paint job" and I'm wondering if it is possible to do without destroying the original gelcoat? If it's possible any suggestions about how? Thank you! ...more questions to follow. :-)
The gelcoat is alot thicker than paint and if you are careful you could sand it down with a orbital sander with very fine sand paper..I bought a Trillium that someone had painted grey and this is what I done.. Was working great until I found several places they had patched with bondo and they had smeared it out in a large area so I had to paint the entire camper instead sure didn't want to but had no choice..Once you remove the paint wet sand it with 600 or even 800 grit sand paper then put on 4 coats of RedMax and it will be looking pretty..The old Trilliums I buy if they are really stained bad with rust marks and such I wet sand them down with 800 grit then coat them instead of washing them with BarKeepers..It's alot faster and removes the oxidized outer layer...
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Old 09-10-2011, 09:16 AM   #8
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Hello! I am new to the list and have a question. I am thinking about buying a little Boler that is in rough shape. One of the issues is that someone painted (looks like with s paint brush) the gelcoat. I would like to remove this "paint job" and I'm wondering if it is possible to do without destroying the original gelcoat? If it's possible any suggestions about how? Thank you! ...more questions to follow. :-)

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The same topic is posted here: Removing paint from Gelcoat?
By the same person. Can one of those Moderator folks maybe put them together? Oh yeah anyway I like sandpaper, you're going to have to refinish anyway.
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Can one of those Moderator folks maybe put them together?
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