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    Bottom stripping etc. This spring I wanted to strip my 31’ Uniflite bottom before the season started and was contemplating my options. After starting to strip the paint myself I quickly decided this just stinks, given I had about 7 or 8 coats of bottom paint on my rig. I came across Bullfrog Blasting. Jeremiah Wilson is the owner and is/was just an awesome guy to deal with. Words like ethics and integrity come to mind when I was working with him. Very honest and proud of the word he does. Plus he uses baking soda to blast the paint off so it’s ecofriendly.

    So the only caution you “must” adhere to is “cover your work”. He mentioned I should cover my boat but I figured what could one day do? Bad decision on my part. All the bottom paint flew into the air and a lot of it settled on the topside of my boat. Needless to say, I spent about 40 hours buffing/stripping the bleed through that happened. Another plug for "FSR" (Fiberglass Stain Remover.) If you use FSR though, let is just sit on your fiberglass and soak for about 30 minutes to an hour, then rinse/wash it off - the stuff does work wonders, you just have to be patient. But my boat did turn out awesome. For a 1968, it is as near new as I can get it I think.

    Take a look at his website, he does a lot of different things and I don’t think any project is too big or small. He also drove down to Seward from Chugiak so he is mobile.

    Bullfrog Blasting 907-360-4880 www.bullfrogblasting.com

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    And here is the last shot repainted.

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    Did you have to reapply a barrier coat before repainting with antifouling paint ? or was he able to leave the original barrier coat on?

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    No need to reapply the barrier coat. I'm sure if he would have kept at it he could have removed it but, he only blasted the the paint off.
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    Thanks Tony.

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    Here was my bottom paint adventure on my Sea Ray when I had it in NC.

    http://clubsearay.com/showthread.php...s-Bottom-Paint

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    Akbassking,
    I - like you would prefer to do my on work and 90% of the time, I do. After reading your adventure though, I'm glad I went with this soda blasting. It took him about 11Hours to do his part. I don't think I would be done yet if I tried sanding it off . I spent a weekend in Seward and barley put a dent in it and that is when I looked for options. I'll be pulling her out In a few weeks so I'll see how she held up. Thanks for sharing your story too.
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    Timely thread, I am in the process of soda blasting a 24' Glasply hull, just got started this past weekend. Now I am looking for some 50 pound bags of soda, does anyone in Anchorage keep it on hand?.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Akgramps View Post
    Timely thread, I am in the process of soda blasting a 24' Glasply hull, just got started this past weekend. Now I am looking for some 50 pound bags of soda, does anyone in Anchorage keep it on hand?.
    Thanks.........!
    oops........! I should have read the first post again......contacted bullfrog and he has some on hand......
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    I would email him on his website above, not sure if he will sell it or he might tell you his source.
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    Quote Originally Posted by AKBassking View Post
    Here was my bottom paint adventure on my Sea Ray when I had it in NC.

    http://clubsearay.com/showthread.php...s-Bottom-Paint
    Wow, good story, and a lot of work. I really respect your perseverance on that project. I know you told me before, but when do you plan on bring your boat back to AK?
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    Quote Originally Posted by tzieli22 View Post
    Akbassking,
    I - like you would prefer to do my on work and 90% of the time, I do. After reading your adventure though, I'm glad I went with this soda blasting. It took him about 11Hours to do his part. I don't think I would be done yet if I tried sanding it off . I spent a weekend in Seward and barley put a dent in it and that is when I looked for options. I'll be pulling her out In a few weeks so I'll see how she held up. Thanks for sharing your story too.
    Hey Tony,

    How much gold did you have to put on the table to have them blast it for you?

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    Quote Originally Posted by jrogers View Post
    Wow, good story, and a lot of work. I really respect your perseverance on that project. I know you told me before, but when do you plan on bring your boat back to AK?
    In a few years after I retire

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    I don't have the paperwork with me but I think his work was around $1600 or so.
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