June 28, 2021
Seriously, this works as advertised. Easy to use, easy to clean up, go through multiple coats. Buy it.
January 14, 2018
I used Aqua Strip on my 20 foot aquasport, let it sit over night in a heated garage set at 70 degrees. Went out in the garage in the am and used a plastic ice scrapper and removed better then 75 percent of the paint.Will do a second coat to get the rest of the bottom paint. This is a 1986 center console with all those years of bottom paint. Just ordered another gallon to finish up.
September 11, 2017
I used this product to remove many coats of bottom paint from my Lyman Runabout. I applied, waited about an hour +/- and removed all paint with a pressure washer using a 15 degree tip Excellent results without damaging the wood.
June 1, 2016
Any time you use a stripper, it's gonna be messy! Better know that going in. That said, this product worked very well. I wasn't stripping paint, but rather several layers of clear varnish and other sealers on the oak rub rails of my dory. Not easy stuff to get off. Two coats and a little sanding did the trick, though. This stuff is "gloppy," sort of like thick caramel pudding that hasn't really set up. Hard to pick up with a bristle brush, so I used a small kitchen spatula to smear the stuff on top of the rail, then used the brush to spread it around. As others have said, it needs to be warm (not always easy in an unheated garage in NH). But I picked a good couple of days when the temps got to 80+. Then, keep your spray bottle of water handy--I spritzed every 30 minutes or so. Left the first coat on for about 10 hours, the second coat for about 4 hours. Scraped most of the stuff off, then used one of those green kitchen scouring pads with lots of water to get the rest. Keep a bucket of water handy and rinse often! Then a light sanding with 220 sandpaper. In the end, I was much happier to have used the stripper instead of trying to sand everything off. With the stripper, I was able to get all the junk out of the deep pores in the oak and I was left with almost completely new wood, ready to finish. It's not painless, but it works. And I love the water clean-up and the very low odor.
July 10, 2014
I used it to remove the bottom paint from my 22 footer. I applied using a plastic squishy, gave it two hour while prep the next area, came back rubbed the surface using scotch pad without removining it yet, gave it another half hour, then I washed with water assisted by a fresh scotch pad . I applied a second coat using the same procedure, and I got my bottom free from antifouling paint. Lucky for me humidity was about 98% while I used it, so it did not dried at any time. I haven't finished yet, I will buy more of it in the case I need more.
February 16, 2012
One has to apply a pretty generous paste to get the process going. Once applied and let sit for half an hour, scrape a little and mix with the rest of the application. It takes a bit of time though any stripper requires that. I used this on a centerboard in my basement, though I'd generally recommend ventilation even though there are no noxious vapors.
July 8, 2008
I used this product to strip top side paint off a 1963 Chriscraft. I didn't get the 60 sq. ft. coverage, but was please to get the paint off in a marina environment without the fumes and mess of more traditional removers. Clean up is SO easy.
May 5, 2008
16" 50 year old Century, stripped the bottom and sides in 8 hours (solo), rolled it on and waited till the paint "raised", with a plastic scrapper the paint came off in long ribbons. When it tried to dry out a spray bottle with water kept it activated until I was down to the natural wood.
August 24, 2014
Worked very well on my sailboat. 4-5 layers. Of course had to go back a second time to get the tough spots.
August 17, 2011
OF COURSE it's "messy", people. It's a big bucket of chemical paint stripper. You slap it on thick and then scrape off layers of old paint. What did you expect? If you don't like "messy" then go pay the soulless clowns at your local boatyard $2000 to do it for you. For everyone else, a review: No, it does not quickly and easily remove 10 layers of bottom paint. I know because I've tried. But it works better than anything else I've used and I've tried a lot of them. Still, I'm sure it depends on the paint or something. Beats me, not an expert. And again, don't expect it to be quick and easy. It's not. Some tips: - Forget using some wimpy plastic paint scraper. Get yourself a thick, sturdy short-handled ice scraper for windshields. - The makers say to use it between 60-80 degrees: believe them. Remember that this is a chemical reaction you're inducing here and - if you went to school back before it was transformed into group therapy for poster makers - you'll recall that temperature is an important element in any chemical reaction. If it's much over 80 degrees or much under 60 the stuff just doesn't work nearly as well. - Yes, it dries out. Go get some really cheap, thin plastic dropcloth and when you're finished coating the boat, tape the stuff up over it, although usually it will just stick to it no problem. I've also used that Press & Seal plastic wrap stuff, which is good because you can do small areas and also uncover smaller areas at a time. Easier to use, too. - If you've got many many layers, as I said, you'll probably need to re-coat, but even if you don't, when you get done scraping there's some residue. Take a big green kitchen scouring pad and lightly scrub the little sticky bits that haven't come off yet. Don't wait until later because it'll harden again. Do it while it's still soft. Comes right off. - If you've got a layer of primer it probably won't come off with this, but a light sanding with 400 or 600 grit with water will ake that right up. Again, it's easier if you do it right away. - If you use this with your boat on a trailer, make sure you cover any parts of the trailer that you don't want the paint removed from. Those big globs of old paint that you're scraping off still contain enough stripper to quickly mess up your trailer paint. Take it from someone who once ended up having to repaint a trailer. - As several people mentioned, it can be a challenge to get it on thick enough, and it needs to be thick. Use a medium sized brush more or less like a spatula. Smear it on rather than brush like you would your walls. - No two applications are the same. The first time you use it you'll go racing out after it's been on a couple of hours and be very disappointed when absolutely nothing comes up. I always plan for it to be on for 24 hours, and I've left it on as much as 48. As long as it's covered with plastic, it'll be fine. Be realistic, plan ahead for the mess, and above all be patient and figure out what works best in your particular application. Yours wil not be the same as anyone else's. All I can say is that it DOES work, it works better than anything else I've tried and I bet it will work for you too.