[Public-List] Wagner PaintEater for doing your bottom.

Anders Bro abro.gtu at gmail.com
Fri Feb 15 05:18:05 PST 2019

I know that I mentioned it before on this site, and there was a fair amount
of objection, but I stand by my experience using a slick (a long handled,
wide chisel) for taking off the bottom paint. The weak ablative paint just
peaks off in wide swaths (the width of the slick), with minimal effort. I
have had no problem with damaging the underlying gelcoat, as was stayed by
others. The paint comes off as chips rather than dust, so is much more
manageable. I suggest you give it a try (maybe $50 for a slick on eBay) and
if it doesn't work for you, chalk it up to experience. I doubt it would
work however on hard bottom paint.

On Thu, Feb 14, 2019, 7:07 PM Jonathan Bresler via Public-List <
public-list at lists.alberg30.org wrote:

> Let's face it. I'm not getting any younger.  That means that over time, I
> end up with "stuff" building up on my bottom.   While in the water I hire a
> professional to try and keep the "stuff" in check, but each time I haul
> out,  a more serious course of treatment is in order.
> I'm wondering if anyone else has this "problem" and has use a Wagner
> PaintEater (
> https://www.amazon.com/Wagner-0513040-PaintEater-Paint-Remover/dp/B000FFYLJQ
> )
> to address the build up.  Its a 4-1/2" disc sander that uses a 3M
> spun-fiber disc spinning at 2,600 RPM.  The disc is supposed to "conform to
> contours to provide consistent results on uneven surfaces".
> Cant find a statement of "equivalent to xx0 grit sandpaper".  Replacement
> discs are not cheap at about $12 each.  Dont know how long a disc would
> last.  The quarter sheet sander that I used two years ago has a 2.4amp
> motor.  The PaintEater has a 3.2amp motor.
> Thoughts?
> --
> Jonathan M Bresler
> S/V Constance Alberg 30 #262
> Annapolis/Eastport MD
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