Yes Ive done it on two Tempest both are quite older and had several coats, this was part a full restoration, so these boats where painted with 2 pack epoxy after. In your case I would suggest trying to get it off with chemicals possibly scrubing the outer coat and using thinners to do rest, messy but better than sanding off and then polishing the gel coat back. The main thing is to get the keel off and turn the boat over, this where a workshop and lifting euipment are a must, trying to do it with the boat on a trailer is very very difficult and major time consuming, I've tried it. Once the keel is off it also gives you the opertunity to refurbish the keel fill in those little grounding mistakes that happen over time.
Ye keep him away. Its all trial and error, like I said its about getting the boat into a position you can work on comfortably, if its one coat of VC tar it should not be two bad, thinners does the job I use cheap stuff which is realy only used for washing out your spray gun. Also it depends on what's underneath, usually its gel shield which is a fancy pants marine term for etch primer, this can be a little harder to get off. What I would do if it won't react with chemicals is cut it back with a DA sander using 500 grit this will only take the primer off but will dull the surface of the gel coat, from this point I would use 1500 grit wet and dry by hand then polish up with G3 cutting compound. After which possibley go to G6 and a high grade polish this will bring the gel back to its orignal state
johnonkeowee: Hi, I am purchasing a 1967 Tempest this Saturday. Am looking forward to learning how to race it. Own a Catalina 22 now for 6 years. Know very little about it except that there will be 5 in our club including mine. John
Aug 4, 2016 1:38:08 GMT
grahamt: anyone out there?
Jul 1, 2018 20:34:59 GMT