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Old 14-07-2008, 12:49   #1
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Chemically Stripping a Cabintop?

I wish to chemically strip the paint and sand non skid from my cabintop. The paint should be Interlux Brightside over some type of nonskid, several mils thick with some type of aggregate in it. The nonskid is cracking and needs to be removed. Can any of the members suggest a good stripper for this application please as I don't want to sand?
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Getting the stripper all over your deck after washing it off might not be desireable. My thought is a heatgun and a scraper. It will go fast and no messy cleanup. I have used stripeze successfully and washed it off with soap and water but only on an area that would wash off without going over fresh or painted surfaces.

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I would not wash the stripper off with water, would let the stripper do its thing then lift it off with a thin flexible putty knife and then deposit into a pail, any residuals gets vaced with a powerful shopvac, used this method many times very successfully. Looking to find out from some "experienced" people what stripper might work to break down the sand laden nonskid?
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there will always be a chemical residue left. I am experienced with strippers. if you don't wash it off good with a scrub brush and soapy water, you will be asking for a bonding problem with your new paint. It will release the sand but it will take a while and possibly dry out so you need to keep fresh brushed on. Always go in one direction, too. Good Luck
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Any residuals will be wiped with acetone, then the gel coat substrate will be sanded and a new urethane coating applied. The question is not about my intended procedures, but simply has anyone removed a sand based nonskid chemically and if so what product did they use?
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Sorry dude, the answer is yes I have and it takes a lot of stripper and I never finished with stripper. I changed to the heat gun. The problem is it dries out before it gets deep enough, so like I said above, just keep it wet and try to brush in one direction.

I used Klean Strip from Home depot. Just off the shelf stuff.

I am going to have that same job to do soon also.
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I wouldn't call it sand-based, the sand or other filler is really irrelevant here. The $64 question is, what binder or paint did they use? A urethane? Modified epoxy? Conventional deck paint?

I think I'd try carefully masking around the area (taping down poly tarp) and then using one of the strippers that you cover with a special "paper", which allows the peeling paint, stripper, and paper all to be peeled off and thrown out in a wad. Some of them are pretty good about taking off difficult paints, others apparently not so good. But that should also do a lot to contain the mess, and leave the rest of the deck paint intact.
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