Soda Blasting to Remove Boat Paint
This looks like an early start on boating season, thanks to a very mild winter. If you had your bottom paint removed at the end of last year, then your hull has dried all winter. You can paint and go.
Boating Season Has Begun
This is a very nice 1998 Trophy we just stripped, located at Solomon Island, Maryland. There were multiple layers of paint to be removed that had been applied over the years. After hand sanding part of the hull themselves, the owners decided it was time to call a professional soda blaster.
Soda Blasting vs Hand Sanding
It is very easy to get a little heavy handed with sanding and dig into the gel coat in places, especially edges and hard to reach surfaces. With soda blasting we can better judge the subtle color changes between paint and the gel coat surface. We can leave the gel coat intact while removing only the surface paint.
Containment and Clean Up
Of concern to the marina owners is our containment and clean-up of the bottom paint. The EPA is taking a greater interest in bottom paint as a hazardous substance. We take care to lay plastic on the ground and surround the boat with a plastic tent to contain all of the material removed in the stripping process. This is then picked up and properly disposed of.
Greatly Reduce Your Down-Time
With soda blasting we are generally done in one day and you can get on with the boating season!