Well, It has been a few days since I posted any progress reports on our boat. I now have the bottom nearly completely stripped to the gelcoat
. I abandoned the idea of using chemical stripper of any kind, bought a 7" variable speed sander, polisher and armed with 36 grit discs went to work.
Most of you probably know what a messy, dirty job this is and I am glad that the worst is done. Now I will also sand the topsides with 80 grit using the random orbital sander and prep it for paint
I was pleased to find only about 10 blisters
that really required some significant attention (grind out and repair). There were numerous small gelcoat
"bb's" that need attention but not serious.
Weyalan - I did run the engine
for about 3 or 4 minutes but not without proper cooling
. I disconnected the coolant
intake line from the through hull
and dropped it into a 5 gallon bucket of fresh water. After starting the engine, I kept the bucket replenished with the garden hose while watching the temperature and the exhaust
to be sure that it was pumping water correctly. Worked great. I don't know how long it had been since the engine has run, but it seemed a good thing to give it a few minutes run time.