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FAQ Friday #19 - Is there an easier alternative to sanding to remove the layers of anti-foul off my RIB hull?

FAQ Friday #19 - Is there an easier alternative to sanding to remove the layers of anti-foul off my RIB hull?

Whilst we don't currently (April 2023) sell antifoul, we are often asked about removing it. Removing antifoul from even a small RIB hull can be a mammoth task and the idea of sanding a yacht or large RIB hull even sounds like hard work.

There is of course the easy someone else to do it, but that can be pricey.

We did some research a while back and after conducting some tests, we can happily say "YES! There is an easier alternative to sanding to remove years worth of anti-foul off your RIB or yacht hull."

And the product is.....Peelaway Marine.

Peelaway Marine is a water based poultice system which can be used on GRP, wood, steel and concrete. 

Peelaway Marine is used in 3 simple steps:

Use in 3 simple steps:

Step 1 - Test Patch

It is often impossible to know the type and build depth of anti-fouling before coatings are removed. It is essential to apply a test patch to an area typical of the surface to be stripped to ensure the results will be satisfactory. This will also indicate the dwell time required and thickness of paste to be applied.

Step 2 - Application

Apply evenly with Airless spray, brush or trowel working into crevices, including on wooden hulls where planks overlap. Ensure raised edges and corners are covered well. Then apply a second coat to the final tested thickness. Finally, lay on the poultice with printing facing outwards, gently rubbing to exclude trapped air bubbles. Work in manageable areas which can be removed within the time scale indicated by the test patch. Peelaway Marine should not be left on longer than 48 hours when used on GRP/Gel coat substrates. 

Step 3 - Removal

Slide scraper into paste and paint, keeping the paint, paste and cover together as much as possible. Take care not to gouge/scratch the gel coat. Steam cleaning or pressure washing may aid removal of residues. Once all the old anti-fouling paint has been removed, any remaining residues of Peelaway Marine must be cleaned/washed away. Allow the cleaned surface to dry thoroughly before re-coating.

If you're not convinced, then we have some small sample kits, so you can choose to test an area before going ahead and purchasing a full size 4kg kit or larger still 10kg kit. We can even send the small sample kits by post as Peelaway Marine isn't classed as hazardous or dangerous goods. 

If you're looking to apply new antifoul to your boat hull this season, why not remove the old layers with Peelaway Marine first?

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