Refinishing wooden boats

Discussion in 'Wooden Boat Building and Restoration' started by chaney0243, Jan 30, 2011.

  1. chaney0243
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    chaney0243 New Member

    I own a wooden driftboat which is about 20 years old. I am wanting to refinish the boat and have all the tools needed to complete the task. I am, however, uneducated in the skills of boatbuilding and have lots of questions. My boat is finished with Spar Varnish and I am having trouble finding the best way to strip it off the boat(i.e. stripper, sanding, etc) any help or hazards would be greatly appreciated.

    It is a 16 foot driftboat with 1/4 inch thick plywood sides.
     
  2. alan white
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    alan white Senior Member

    Common stripper like zip strip, etc. is the easiest and most effective. You can follow with a scrub with acetone and light sanding. Follow safety precautions.
    Depending on the plywood used, surface veneers can be quite thin so keep sanding to a minimum.
     
  3. chaney0243
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    chaney0243 New Member

    thanks.....do I have to worry about damaging the epoxies on the boat when I use the stripper?
     

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    alan white Senior Member

    Typical epoxies shouldn't be affected.
     
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