Mailport May 2014 Issue

Mailport: May 2014

Bottom Paint Stripping

Photo courtesy of Mark Hoenke

Reader Mark Hoenke says his favorite tool for removing bottom paint is a sharpened linoleum floor scraper like the one in this photo.

In response to your recent blog on removing bottom paint: We totally stripped our 1984 Camper Nicholson 58 in two days. Without a doubt, the best tool in our kit for stripping many layers of bottom paint was a massive linoleum floor scraper. It has one straight blade and one slightly curved. I used the belt sander with 800-grit sandpaper to keep it razor sharp. Sharpening was needed every 5 square feet.

I find sanders way too messy for this, and many paints instantly plug the grit. Paint came off in small rafts and sheets that were easily collected on tarps with little airborne dust.

Mark and Lynn Hoenke
Roxy, Camper Nicholson 58 Ketch
Muskegon, Mich.

A short word of caution: Be very careful when using the linoleum scraper’s straight blade to remove bottom paint. Because its edges are not rounded, they are more likely to gouge gelcoat or damage an epoxy barrier layer.

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Comments (1)

Not a good answer regarding digital issues. I want digital all my other sailing magazines. I don't want to have to wait for paper issues to follow me to each address change and I usually only read the issues on the boat.
I don't want paper issues at all...consequently I will not be renewing my subscription...please don't even send me renewal reminders until you have come to your senses and offer digital only subscriptions.

Smooth sailing, Chuck Burns, NA

Posted by: Chuck B | May 1, 2014 5:36 PM    Report this comment

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