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Stripping technique

Post by podmeister » Thu Nov 21, 2013 1:48 pm

So, I've kind of followed the advice on here regarding stripping so far. I'm going at the boat with a hot air gun first.

I initially started with using a standard stripping knife (Link to the one I bought here). This was ok, didn't find I was causing much damage at all if any. I assume this is because it is fairly sharp at the moment. it's been doing an OK job - though slow.

I did see an article on here that suggested getting a proper stripper with replaceable blade - So I bought this one (Link to it here).

So I've used it last night - much quicker, but it was definitely harder and I actually started to taking nicks out of the ply - not ideal. This blade is so much sharper than the stripping knife which I assume is part of the reason for the gouging.

Is there a technique to using these better strippers. I tend to use a pushing technique similar to how I use a stripping knife, but should I be using a scraping technique where I pull the better stripper towards me?

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Re: Stripping technique

Post by Rupert » Thu Nov 21, 2013 2:03 pm

I've never got on with the ones with a knife blade - simply too sharp.

I use a triangular scraper (The sort at right angles to the handle) which I sharpen regularly with a file. It is obviously pulled, not pushed. Ones with cheap handles give blisters afetr a few hours - one with a nice handle and good blade can strip an Albacore in 8 hours. Mind, it could explain the bad back I have now, spending whole days stripping...

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Re: Stripping technique

Post by Ed » Thu Nov 21, 2013 2:39 pm

yeah, as rupe says.....those are both push' strippers and you need a 'pull' one.

Still think the very best is this one: ... 2909-75556

In fact I have tried lots of others and none even come close to this.

Skarsten hook scrapers are OK, but blades are nowhere as good as the Stanley Tungsten ones.

These look good, but not bought one as I love my stanley.

Many like Rupe swear by the triangle scraper and I always have a couple with me, but the stanley is the first choice.

Actually this is a point. You need more than one scraper for a couple of reasons. Some will do one job better than others...but also using one scraper for too long will only give you blisters, so you need to swap and change a bit.

Avoid any scraper with too much plastic, they melt in hot air and get sticky in the guk.

Did you see this thread: ... sh-or-pull


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Re: Stripping technique

Post by podmeister » Thu Nov 21, 2013 4:53 pm

I hadn't seen it, it was on this forum - I had totally misjudged the scraper shown. In fact I believe it was a post by you Ed as that's scraper referenced. Thank you for the link though, I've had a read through and I will invest in a new scraper.

Thankfully the damage from last nights stripping is only on an already knackered foredeck.

I do have a triangular scraper, I'll move onto that one until a new one arrives.

I will say though, the push one thyme scraper was amazing when it wasn't ripping chunks out the boat. It became a challenge to see how big of a strip I could get off.

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Re: Stripping technique

Post by alan williams » Thu Nov 21, 2013 6:05 pm

I used to use a cabinet makers scraper keep it sharp and there is never a danger of it digging in. This with a good coating of Nitromors or and certain laboratory chemical will get just about anything off.
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Re: Stripping technique

Post by podmeister » Mon Nov 25, 2013 11:10 am

Thank you everyone for the advice.

With the scraper suggestion by Ed purchased, I spent a few hours last night enjoying a bit of stripping in the garage!

Boy does this scraper plough through the job, relatively speaking.

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Re: Stripping technique

Post by keithr » Mon Nov 25, 2013 8:52 pm

Like Ed and Rupert I use a number of triangle scrapers of differing sizes all with wooden handles.

My favourite one is now so old It wont take being sharpened for much longer.

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Re: Stripping technique

Post by solentgal » Wed Nov 27, 2013 10:42 am

My favourite scraper in pic below after a hard morning's work yesterday.......the secret with these is to sharpen them against the direction of the blade, so that the file passes over the blade in the same direction as if it were being scraped, if that makes sense. I have seen so many people try and sharpen them the wrong way (I used to work in a boatyard). I've had this scraper for many years and it has had countless hours of use next to my heat-gun.....a little ragged at the edges now, but still stripped one side of my moth in just over 2 hours with regular sharpening.......see pic on "out of the shed" thread. Off out into the garage to do the other side in a mo! :)


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