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Old 26-05-2013, 16:21   #1
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Bottom paint removal along east coast

I have recently bought a PDQ36 cat that needs new paint. There are several coats of old paint so the paint needs to be removed before repainting. I have researched extensively about the various methods including media blasting, sanding, chemical stripping etc. The quotes I have gotten are all over the map ranging to over $3,000. Surprisingly, all the quotes mentioned 1-2 days for the work so this seems very steep. I have seen posts mentioning $1,000-$1,500 which sounds more reasonable.
I am sailing it up the east coast so can generally do it anywhere between Florida and Rhode island.
What would you recommend to be the most cost effective place to do the work? For example, Rhode Island has stricter environmental regulation so prefers chemical stripping over blasting. Florida has more options to haul out a cat this size etc. What about Georgia or NC? Who is most eager for work (or has the economy really improved so much?...).
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Old 26-05-2013, 17:46   #2
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Re: Bottom paint removal along east coast

In 2009, we hauled our 40' catamaran in Severn River Marina in the lower Chesapeake (Mobjack Bay) and had Tide Water Soda Blasting strip our paint. Excellent job taking most of a single day and cost $1,500.

Tide Water is located in Virginia Beach and will travel the area around it.

When you see the prep work, the working conditions, what the people look like after the work is done and the cleanup work after, you will probably agree that there is no way you would personally do that job for that price.

BTW, do not sand blast. I don't know about other media, but personally it would only be soda blasting, sanding or chemical stripping for me.


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