I tried using the Aqua-strip chemical stripper that's "not supposed to damage the gel-coat". It softened the gel-coat, and takes 2 applications to get all the paint
off, and the only way this bucket will cover 50 square feet is by recycling the paste that's already mixed with old paint-chips.
The problem is that I've got a 35' long 10' beam sailboat deck
with a baby-blue gel-coat and a beige paint-coat over it, and there are many areas that are peeling. About 35% of it has peeled off, usually in 1 square-foot patches, but also in small patches. It's more peeled off where people walk & sit.
I'm going to have to get a lot more stripper. At this point, not damaging the gel-coat isn't the issue. I can sand that down & smooth it out.
What's a cheap
, powerful, nontoxic stripper that will get the job done?
I've been google-searching & suggestions so far are:
EZ-off oven-cleaner, original non-scent formula: Not cheap
, and it seems more suited to remove lettering, & not an entire deck
3384 mg/kg rat
Ethyl/Denatured alcohol: This looks like my best bet. Moonshine has this in it & it can kill or make people go blind, but people drink it. I don't plan to drink it, but I want as low toxicity as I can get. Low VOC's once dried.
Brake fluid: Basically denatured alcohol w/ additives.
Isopropyl alcohol 91%: This would probably do the job as well. I've heard of people drinking it & surviving.
): Acute: 5045 mg/kg [Rat].
Acetone: ORAL (LD50
): Acute: 5800 mg/kg [Rat]
Who would have thought Acetone would be the least lethal of the 3?
Anyone tried using acetone to remove deck paint
? Sounds a lot cheaper than Aqua-chem's stripper which eats into the gel-coat anyways.