Paint/fiberglass/boat experts help!!
I know there are a lot of experts in a lot of things around here so I am really hoping you guys can help.
A buddy and I just picked up a fiberglass canoe for a song. The issue with it is that some idiot decided they needed to paint the canoe so they started rolling on grey primer with a paint roller.
They did no surface prep so the bottom of the canoe where it goes through the weeds and sand is now totally free of primer showing the yellow original gel coat in almost new condition! It looks great! We want the sides to look equally great so we would really like to get that nasty primer off.
We tried a plastic putty knife but the primer is on too good for that. Scotch brite appeared as though it would take many lifetimes.
I assume any sort of stripping agent would attack the gel coat underneath.
A wire wheel would obviously trash the surface underneath as well.
Our only remaining idea is to use fairly fine sand paper to work our way through the primer and go even finer as the yellow shows through. Obviously that would be time consuming but we will do that if it is the only way.
Any suggestions to help us restore this old canoe would be appreciated. We already have several expeditions planned for the old girl we have aptly named: Fat Guys in a Little Boat, as we both are carrying too many pounds. The canoe is supposed to help us change that.
Thanks in advance.
Silver 2005 Rocky Mountain Edition TJ
D30/D44 3.73, 6MT, 4.0L