Removing non-slip deck paint from grp

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Removing non-slip deck paint from grp

Post by Chrisrjwood » Sat Mar 12, 2016 3:24 pm

Does anyone know if there is a paint stripper that will take non-slip deck paint off GRP?

I have tried safe stripper (non aggressive to GRP) but it hasn't touched it!

I can't grind it off and I am reluctant to use a hot air gun...

Any ideas would be appreciated,

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Re: Removing non-slip deck paint from grp

Post by jpa_wfsc » Sat Mar 12, 2016 9:54 pm

Do you know what type of paint it is?

If its an epoxy paint then it will have bonded to the GRP and that will probably only come off by mechanical means. If it is not already coming off, then consider why do you need to remove it?

If its polyurethane there are a number of strippers that will remove it - they are all nasty to work with though. Goggles thick gloves and excellent ventilation are essential - you will be using caustic soda or alkaloid based products and they are both bad for you - they will damage your lungs and cause skin burns. There might be safe alternatives now but I suspect they are probably not as good!

I have only used paint stripper once, and it was such a nasty experience I will always sand or use a hot knife now.

Don't use heat on GRP!!
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Re: Removing non-slip deck paint from grp

Post by Chrisrjwood » Sat Mar 12, 2016 11:28 pm

Hi, thanks for the advice. I'm hoping it's only standard international deck paint. It's flaking off and doesn't seem to be bonded to the grp. Can't really use a sander as it is in the bottom of my I14 with the stringers and fitting etc.

I will try some other strippers, cheers, Chris
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Re: Removing non-slip deck paint from grp

Post by trebor » Sun Mar 13, 2016 12:51 pm

Rags soaked in brake fluid spread over areas to be cleaned can work, just leave in place, though what it will do to GRP is anyone's guess.
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Post by Michael Brigg » Sun Mar 13, 2016 3:50 pm

jpa_wfsc wrote: ...If it is not already coming off, then consider why do you need to remove it?

- you will be using caustic soda or alkaloid based products and they are both bad for you...
I wouldn't use the psychodelic stuff man, or you will definately be loosing your grip!! :? :roll: :?
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Re: Removing non-slip deck paint from grp

Post by JimC » Sun Mar 13, 2016 5:38 pm

trebor wrote:, though what it will do to GRP is anyone's guess.
Nothing good I greatly fear.

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Re: Removing non-slip deck paint from grp

Post by Chrisrjwood » Sun Mar 13, 2016 5:42 pm

I seem to have 'di'solved it..... The no nonsense stripper from screwfix works ok but slowly, probably due to the cold as the boat is outside.

I will try the Wickes version next as it is a bit cheaper....

Thanks all for your help...

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Re: Removing non-slip deck paint from grp

Post by GAv » Sun Mar 13, 2016 8:32 pm

I seem to recall nitromors do a less agressive stripper, which I Have used successfully on both plastic and painted wood surfaces, it is also very good to remove paint from certain masts :mrgreen:

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