Features April 2008 Issue

Boat Paint Stripper Test: Top-Performing Antifoulant Remover Takes on West Marine’s New Entry

Franmar Soy Strip vs. West Marine’s Marine Paint Remover

Our last test of bottom paint strippers (November 2006) saw Franmar Soy Strip edge out perennial favorite Peel Away Marine Safety Strip bottom paint remover to become the Practical Sailor Best Choice in this boat maintenance category. After that review, we heard from several Practical Sailor subscribers who reported less-than stellar results from using the Franmar Soy Strip to remove their bottom-paint buildup. Conversations with the readers and manufacturers suggested that performance is greatly affected by ambient temperature. This convinced us of the need to retest the Franmar in cooler conditions than those of the 2006 test (a humid, 85-degree Virginia day). Reader reports also alerted us to a new paint remover from Peel Away maker Dumond Chemicals Inc. Manufactured as a private-labeled product, West Marine Paint Remover was released after our last test and so has not been in Practical Sailor tests before. And so it was that testers decided on a test between the two eco-friendly paint removers: the 2006 favorite Franmar and the West Marine antifoulant stripper.

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