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Gel coat

PostPosted: Wed Oct 13, 2004 1:54 am
by twincamracing
Having done my share of stripping with chemicals I prefer to have the
panels or bodyshell blasted with plastic media. A competent shop can
blast right to the gel coat or straight through to the 'glass depending
on how you wish to refinish. It also leaves a smooth finish on bare
'glass.

Walnut shells can leave an oily residue. Soda blasting can leave soda
lost in places you can't find, neither my favorite but better than
chemicals.

FWIW, I'd leave the gel coat in place unless you are doing a complete
color change. Stick with the same brand for the complete job. Don't use
the low end product line for a keeper. BTW the hues in the red range
are the most expensive ;)

Cheers,
Scott
retired ASE double Master AutoTech/Paint&Body



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Gel coat

PostPosted: Thu Oct 14, 2004 1:09 am
by lotuselan2
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Scott
Is there a brand name or better description for "plastic media"?
Ken
'69 +2 with BDR

Gel coat

PostPosted: Fri Oct 15, 2004 12:19 am
by twincamracing
Is there a brand name or better description for "plastic media"?

Brand name? Not really, Ken. Sorta like sand...but plastic with sharp
edges. It is stocked in a variety of grits by most abrasives
warehouses. Dunno where you are but there's a big company out of
Houston I deal with. If you like I can pass you the contact info when I
wander out to the workshop. Not knowing where you are you could just
google "plastic media blasting" ;-)
Scott



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PostPosted: Fri Oct 15, 2004 1:22 am
by lotuselan2
Scott
That will do. I've heard of walnuts and glass but never heard of plastic
media.
Ken