Houseboat Chemicals - paint removal from fiberglass surfaces on house boats

by John
(Louisville, KY)

Any houseboat chemicals for paint removal from fiberglass

Any houseboat chemicals for paint removal from fiberglass

When it comes to houseboat chemicals for paint removal from fiberglass, what can I try? I tried to remove an old painted name on the side of my fiberglass house boat.

I used Citri-strip and it did a fairly good job, but has left a shadow of prior painting and an orange cast to the area I used the orange Citri Strip on. Have tried lacquer thinner, denatured alcohol and a bunch of cleaners with no luck.

I'm going to try to do some sanding this weekend, but would appreciate any suggestions. I'm sure some of you have gone through this before.

Thanks, John in Kentucky

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Reply - Answer
Well John, I can understand the frustration, as removing old paint or stains from fiberglass is not easy.

I have had some good success with Acetone, yet use it sparingly, and be ready to neutralize the area quickly afterwards with some water.

Acetone seems to work well on decals, glues, paints, adhesives etc... however I always recommend testing an area first before going all out.

Lastly, hopefully some of our readers will share and post comments about their houseboat paint and fiberglass cleaning experiences. Feel free to use the "Click here to post comments." link found near the bottom of this page.

Thanks again for sharing, IAN from all-about-houseboats

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Houseboat Chemicals - not too sure about paint, but ....
by: Doog

Not too sure about paint, but for glue and vinyl letter adhesive removal, use straight gasoline on a terrycloth rag ... bingo. Like a charm. And this is a no-brainer ... NO SMOKING!

Paint removal for houseboats
by: Gus

I used aircraft stripper on my boat but it was metal. I don't know how it will react with the fiberglass but it removes just about any thing and is easy to use.

You can pick it up at any autoparts store. I used Rust-Oleum brand and would recommend it to anyone.

Chemicals on houseboats
by: River Rebel

I have used MEK, methyl ethyl ketone and it works great, its hotter than acetone and has a high flash point. Works great on paint, epoxies, plastic lettering and removing that old adhesive residue, wear gloves....River Rebel

Name and paint removal on houseboat surfaces
by: Russell

I had a sign shop for some years and lettered a lot of boats. I had to remove a lot of names. The best things I found are;

1) Easy Off oven cleaner. This will disolve any signpaint and some other paints used by amateurs. This may leave a slight discoloration but it fades out in a few days to a couple of weeks.

2) Wet sanding. Use 400 grade or better sandpaper. This cuts very little and is easier to control. After removing the name you upgrade to 600 grade or higher and then buff the finish with a good compounding agent. Avoid the orange colored base abrasives as they tend to leave an orange hue in the finish.

I hope this helps.

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