Good morning, My Catalina 36 is 20 years old and sailed on the upper Mississippi River where winter temperatures easily go to minus 25 - 30 F. Due to my boat's age and boat bottom condition after haul out, I am considering maybe having the boat bottom soda blasted or have boat bottom cleaned with paint stripper during the cold winter months. By having this done during cold months, then when warm May temperatures arrive I would paint a few layers of epoxy barrier coat followed by VC17 or similar. The boat is stored outside and has an excellent winter cover that goes down to waterline stripe. Should I have any concerns about the boat bottom being exposed to the cold after being soda blasted or paint striped? For example, soda blasting / paint stripper would be applied on a warm winter day any time December to March at 40 F or higher. Boat bottom has had multiple layers of VC 17 and I feel it is time to get the boat soda blasted, bottom re sealed with an epoxy barrier coat followed by VC 17. This work would be done on the hard. Boat would be sitting 3 - 5 months out side exposed to minimal moisture and very cold (minus 30 F is probable).
Alternatively would consider using a stripper. Anyone have experience using paint strippers in cold temperatures ? Should I be concerned about having a soda blasted or paint stripped "raw" boat bottom when boat is stored outside, and most of the winter snow getting deflected by my very excellent winter cover.
(I am sending this request to a few other sources of information such as Catalina Yachts, Pettit Paints, Jamestown Distributors for their input). Please share your experiences on cold temperature boat bottom preparation where the raw boat bottom will be exposed to very cold winter temperatures.
2000 C36, MK2, Hull. #1897
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