Complete newby here, but i wanted to share a project
I've been working on with my 24" sloop
My most recent project
was removing the old painted on name on the boat and replacing it with an adhesive
name from BoatUS.com.
I began by reading up on other peoples approaches to addressing this problem. From all of that reading i found that the consensus was to use Easy Off brand oven
cleaner and a non-scratching brillo pad.
So i put this method to the test. After only one application and soaking for 1 minuet all the old painted on boat numbers scrubbed right off! Great start!
Fast forward to 8 soaks of Easy Off later on the name...
at this point I've decided that someone used kevlar letters fiberglassed into the hull
of the boat for the name. The first 6 coats barely scratched the surface of the paint
and for the life of me i could not figure out why. after another couple of coats the paint
began to soften up but still the majority of it didn't budge.
I eventually resorted to a razor blade and that combined with the Easy Off eventually began to work. 9 hours of spraying and scrubbing later and i was almost there.
Before I began this project I knew Shadowfax was a bit of a Frankenstein, (It started life as a 20' boat and was completely rebuilt and had an additional 4 feet added to it.) but i as i worked on the boat I discovered that when repair work had been done on the boat that someone painted over the gelcoat
with a different kind of paint, and then painted the boat name on top of it.
Eventually i got to a point where the easy off was no longer affecting the paint and had to resort to the razor again to clean it up.
It was a great learning
experience and what i learned immediately was that i didn't know anything haha!
All said and done, I am very happy with how it turned out!
Next project will be completely rewiring the boat as much of the current wiring
harness has been corroded. Once i begin that project I'll see about posting
updates so, if nothing else, at least you can learn from my mistakes!
Hope you enjoyed! Feel free to comment and share any recommendations of things i could have done differently or better.