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For many years, Zip Strip was my paint stripper of choice.
I ran my local hardware store out of it trying to get six coats of stubborn paint off a huge aluminum cabin cruiser. The paint was on the INSIDE of the boat too. It was a toxic nightmare.
I was paying $33/gal for ZipStrip. but the store was out. (me)
Next to the empty space was "Clean Strip". $26/gal.
Using the good old American approach that "more is always better", I figgered no way is Clean Strip any good because it doesn't cost as much.
" More is always better. Except when it's not".
Through this little bit of serendipity, I found with Clean Strip the paint NOW PEELED OFF IN SHEETS- instead of rubrubrub, scrapescrapescrape, cusscusscuss with Zip Strip.
Once you (finally) get down to bare Aluminum, Lacquer thinner will clean up any residual.funk.
merc geo's sage, unsolicited advise:
****************NEVER (like EVER) PAINT ALUMINUM********************
If you can have a boat that looks like chief rivithead's (eagle127)- why would you paint perfectly good alum anyway
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That is a very beautiful boat that looks even more impressive in person. Aand for those who don't know it was a lot more than just a million coats of paint from being what it is today, some serious restoration work was required to bring it back to that state.
Proud Owner of 1956 Vagabond, 1950 Flyer, 1956 Rocket, Co-owner 1952 Flash, 10-1/2 less than VinTin