I suppose there are multiple ways to skin a cat, so here is my way:
1. Apply the stripper (any premium brand will do)
2 Place black garbage bags over the area I'm stripping (this prevents in from drying out)
3 Take a pressure washer and spray off the paint and stripper.
4 There is usually residual paint around rivets and I'll reapply and use a 3M scrubber pad and gently scrub the traces of paint. It will come off easily.
5 Spray wash again and I'm done.
*Edit: I use gloves and a give the stripper the prescribed time to activate.
Commercial aircraft stripper and plastic scraper and brush. Give the stripper lots of time , don’t rush but Don’t let it dry. Don’t do it in direct sun. Residue cleanup with the plastic brush and fine steel wool and lacquer thinner. Nasty business but it works. Good luck.
1956 Golden Rocket, 1955 Vagabond, 1957 Crestliner Voyager Hardtop, 1958 Crestliner Jetstreak 15, past boats: 54 Vagabond, 55 Vagabond, 57 Vagabond, 50 FC Flyer, 46 FC Runabout, 57 FC Rocket, 57 Jetstreak
Welcome! I did just that on my Boat. I had a thick nasty green paint on the bottom.
Here’s how I tackled it:
1. I used regular paint stripper from the hardware stores. Since the newer formulations are not that strong, I would paint it on pretty thick in one section and cover it for a few hours with glad plastic wrap.
2. Then I would scrape it off with these plastic scrubbing pads that people use in the kitchen. What’s great is they do not really scratch the aluminum.
3. Once that was done I sanded my boat from 400-1200 grit avoiding the rivets.
4. Next I’ll polish it.
Be careful with the stripper on your edge seal material because the stripper can break that down.
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Welcome aboard, "the silver bullet" sounds like a good name for the boat.
paint stripper would probably be you best bet. Get ready for a lot of messy work.
Start a restoration thread so you can document everything.
Welcome to the forum, please start a restoration thread and show us how the job is going.
Your Vagabond will have a serial number stamped on the outside of the transom on the Starboard (right) near the upper corner brackets. It looks like you have a modern motor and often that results in the numbers being covered by the wider transom wood. I think your boat is a 1956 model based on what I can see from the photos.
What it takes to remove the paint largely depends on what type of paint was used. Paint remover has been weakened from what it used to be but will work on most paints. Take care with whatever you use to scrape the paint with, the Aluminum is very soft and you can do some damage with a sharp steel scraper, try plastic. The rivets will not leak unless they are lose and paint most likely won’t stop a lose rivet from leaking so you may be fine. On the rivets be careful if you end up sanding on the hull, you can take the head off the rivets in no time, they used a very thin headed rivet from the factory.
Proud Owner of 1956 Vagabond, 1950 Flyer, 1956 Rocket, Co-owner 1952 Flash, 10-1/2 less than VinTin
Some of the citrus strippers work pretty well. I used some stuff called Dad's. It is wicked stuff. You dont want it on you skin or eyes or breathe it in. Do not have it sandblasted if you want to polish. The rivets shouldnt leak just by removing the paint. If it does leak try filling it with about 2 inches of water and let it sit level and then climb underneath and see if you can see where it is leaking. Then mark the rivets and rebuck them.
Afternoon everyone,I had a question pertaining to removing paint from my Feathercraft Vagabond (not sure the year because the vin sticker is riped).
Bought the boat a while ago and I am now getting started on making her water ready.
The previous owner had the boat painted as you can see from the photos attached herein.
I have a few questions and concerns about removing the paint and would appreciate any feedback given as I am new to this hobby.My goal for the boat is to polish it up so that it is like a silver bullet.
What is the best way to remove/strip the paint from the boat ( I am assuming generic paint stripper will work)? The top of the boat was spray painted and the body looks to be a special type of boat paint and the bottom also has black bottom paint shield on it.
Does anyone have a good list of product/kits/instructional videos or manuals I should review before I start this battel with getting her all stripped and polished?
Last concern I have about removing the paint, once the paint is removed is it likely that the boat will start leaking because the rivets will now be directly exposing to the water? ( The boat currently does not take on any water and I am not sure of the condition of the rivets under the paint )
If I do remove the paint is it easy to fix any of the leaky rivets or would getting a clear coat done on the bottom of the boat be worth doing?
Any feed back would be greatly appreciated and I look forward to hitting the water.
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