BarnaclesThis is what happens when your anti-fouling coating is exhausted. The new owner was faced with the daunting task of re-habing the hull, first of all, what is under all of this accumulation. The barnacles had to be hand scraped, they were too thick for chemicals.
Cheap InsuranceIt pays to keep up with the hull maintenance. Regular stripping by soda blasting and re-coating with anti-fouling paint is fast and insures your hull is protected.
Soda Blasting to Remove Boat PaintThis 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.
Soda Blasting vs Hand SandingIt 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 UpOf 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.
Stripping Boat Bottom Paint Before Winter StorageThe boating season is winding down and boats are coming out of the water for winter storage. If your boat has been in the water all summer and you plan to re-coat the bottom in the spring, consider removing the paint now. This will give the fiberglass the chance to dry thoroughly over the winter months. This is a 34' power boat stored at the Sue Island Marina in Essex, Maryland. It is a 1993 model with 18 years of paint to be removed.
Tight QuartersThe boats were tightly packed together for winter storage. When we are stripping the bottom paint at a marina we always employ tenting the boat to contain the soda dust and paint. By doing so, we were able to keep our dust to an absolute minimum. We then remove the trapped debris for proper disposal. At this particular site we were told that a previous soda blasting company had done work there without tenting and created a mess.
Make It Easy On YourselfThis is a large boat and if you have ever tried hand sanding and stripping, you will appreicate the ease of having it soda blasted. Most jobs can be accomplished in a day, ready to re-paint now or in the spring.
We usually strip the ablative coatings of larger boats at Marinas. This one is trailered for storage and was located in the owner's driveway for some work. What better time to strip and re-paint, the boat has been out of the water for a season and is thoroughly dry. We can strongly recommend blocking your boat for better access. If you have ever tried grinding, sanding or chemical stripping the anti-fouling paint yourself, you will really appreciate the speed and convenience of having that tedious part of the job professionally done for you. We can be looking at a lot of square footage to strip, and with soda blasting, there is no damage to the gel-coat.
Power Washing with Hold Tight 102We also offer the additional service of pressure washing the soda blasted surface with Hold Tight 102 and you are ready for repairs or to paint.
Getting Ready for FishingWe recently soda blasted to strip the bottom hull paint off of a very fine, 1987 Wellcraft. This is a beautifully maintained, original owner, boat at Meehans' Marina in Sparrows Point, Maryland. Rob, the owner, of this really nice marina, was super friendly and helpful. As with many marinas, and boat owners, Rob is concerned with the state regulations and the environmental impact of anti-fouling paint removal.
Getting Ready to Soda BlastWith the boat set up on blocks, we lay down our drop cloths and tent the hull of the boat we are soda blasting. The baking soda itself is non-toxic, but the paint removed is considered hazardous waste. We want to contain as much as possible. State regulations will call for periodic soil testing at all marinas.
Work Finished ~ Paint GoneWork completed, the old paint is now removed from the hull. The residual powder and paint is cleaned up and disposed of. The hull is now ready for a fresh coat of paint, and another fishing season.
We Do the Work ~ You Save the TimeThe soda blasting process only takes several hours, in this case about 4. Try this with a hand grinder and you will appreciate the ease and time saved with this method. Plus, soda blasting preserves the fiberglass gel-coat. Soda blasting is the fast, economical, environmentally responsible way to have your boat paint stripped and get you back on the water.
Call us now to get yourself scheduled. 443-487-3863
The season is winding down for boating in Maryland’s many rivers and Chesapeake Bay area. Boat owners are ready to pull their boats out of the water and get them ready for winter storage. If stripping the anti-fouling paint and re-coating your hull is in your plans, then you have some options.