A hull is the frame or body of a ship. It is commonly constructed of fibreglass due to its light weight, durability and relatively low maintenance requirements. Fibreglass is water-resistant and can easily be treated with paint and varnish. Removing the paint from a fibreglass hull requires the proper solvent, a chemical paint stripper that will dissolve the finish. The solvent combined with the proper tools will restore the hull to its original condition.
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Things you need
- Rubber gloves
- Paint stripper
- Putty knife
- Scouring pad
- Denatured alcohol
Put on a respirator and solvent-resistant gloves before applying the paint stripper. All effective varieties of this chemical compound are at least semi-toxic and are hazardous when inhaled in excess.
Prepare the paint stripper according to the instructions on the product label. You may need to apply it to the hull using a rag, brush or paint roller. Follow the manufacturer's recommendation. Begin with a manageable area of the fibreglass surface, then allow the stripper to stand for no more than two to three minutes.
Carefully scrape the paint from the hull with a putty knife immediately after the chemical stripper has dissolved the coat. Otherwise, the solvent could eat into the fibreglass if allowed to settle for too long.
Reapply the chemical stripper until all of the paint has been cleanly scraped from the hull. Dip a scouring pad in denatured alcohol and rub the fibreglass in order to neutralise any remaining stripper.
Wipe the hull with a clean rag until the rag comes away clean. Allow the fibreglass surface to dry for at least two hours before preparing it for a new finish.
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