Question: Can You Remove Boat Bottom Paint?

What happens if you don’t bottom paint your boat?

Bottom paint prevents growth of organisms that attach to the hull and can affect a vessels speed, performance, and durability when boat is kept in the water for extended periods of time.

If you don’t have that problem, you may not need bottom paint..

How do you redo bottom paint on a boat?

First, lay out a large tarp or dropcloth to cover the entire work area. Knock off any loose paint with a scraper and, using either a sanding block or a dustless DA sander, lightly sand the entire bottom with 80-grit sandpaper. Spend a little extra time on any high or uneven areas.

Does bottom paint devalue a boat?

There’s some debate about this but the consensus is, yes, bottom paint can slow your boat down. If your hull has a nice slick paint job then you may not notice much effect. But if you’ve been adding a couple of coats of ablative paint every year, and the boat hasn’t had a lot of use, the layers will build up.

Can I paint over bottom paint?

Assuming the bottom paint is a non ablative hard type, paint over it with another coat of the same type. A boat looks better with bottom paint anyway. Is the paint flaking? Most hard epoxy paints don’t last out of the water(boats on trailers)You will have to sand down all lose paint,then repaint with an ablative paint.

How much does it cost to remove bottom paint?

If you can find a yard that will strip your boat’s bottom paint via sanding, the cost generally will be in the neighborhood of $50 per foot. Most of that expense is in the labor. Meanwhile, for do-it-yourselfers, sanding off bottom paint is a toilsome, although fairly inexpensive, job.