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Old 04-11-2013, 10:02   #1
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Cetol Removal

What is the best way to remove Cetol from teak? Varnish remover? Heat Gun? I need to strip down to bare wood and will finish up with sanding, but am wondering how to remove the bulk of the Cetol. Also, is there a remover that necessarily will not be as caustic to the gel coat?

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Re: Cetol Removal

I used a heat gun. There's still a tiny tad left and I'll use paint remover or something else to complete the job, or maybe just sand it (handrails). The cetol tends to get into the grooves.
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I used a heat gun and scraper then finish up with sanding.
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Re: Cetol Removal

Heat Gun, scraper and sanding...

Or just go to the tropics and leave it alone...it will just vanish on you with no work..ha h aha
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Re: Cetol Removal

Citrus strip paint and varnish remover does not damage fiberglass. The heat gun and scraper method is strangely satisfying as you try for longer and longer curls of stuff. Get yourself a hunk of soft foam to kneel on, too.

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Re: Cetol Removal

Hopefully no one tried to coat with epoxy prior to coveirng with Cetol. Otherwise if you want to get to bare wood you will have to do quite a bit of sanding.

We use heat gun. Its like any other type of paint, heat will soften and then use scrapper to sluff off. You will be surprised how fast you can remove after you get a system down. The chemicals are very messy and they just don't seam to do as good of job. Not sure if you have a topcoat paint if heat will effect that. Maybe someone else has experience with that.
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Citrus strip paint and varnish remover does not damage fiberglass. The heat gun and scraper method is strangely satisfying as you try for longer and longer curls of stuff. Get yourself a hunk of soft foam to kneel on, too.

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Thanks for the quick responses. Looks like a heat gun it is then. Although there is something very appealing to the tropic solution. Wife voted for that one very quickly!
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