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    Iron x to strip gel coat?

    Hello everyone I was wondering what you use to strip gel coat on boats? I have used iron x on vehicles but not sure if itís safe for gel coat. Thank you.

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    Re: Iron x to strip gel coat?

    Quote Originally Posted by bus3 View Post

    Hello everyone I was wondering what you use to strip gel coat on boats? I have used iron x on vehicles but not sure if it’s safe for gel coat.

    Thank you.

    The last 3 boats we've detailed here at Autogeek we have not chemically stripped using an iron remover.

    I have chemically stripped single stage paint and what I saw is that because single stage paint is porous - the iron removers stained the paint. This staining can be removed as soon as you use a compound, polish or cleaner/wax.


    My guess is the same thing will happen to gel-coat because like old school single stage paint - it's porous.


    What are you working on?

    What are you going to do to the gel-coat after washing?



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    Re: Iron x to strip gel coat?

    Thanks Mike. I will be doing a single stage polish ( some areas may need more) and then coat with Crystal Serum light.

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    Re: Iron x to strip gel coat?

    Quote Originally Posted by bus3 View Post

    Thanks Mike. I will be doing a single stage polish ( some areas may need more) and then coat with Crystal Serum light.

    My guess is the polishing step will remove any staining, if there's any staining.

    A chalky, severely oxidized gel-coat surface is MORE OPEN than a gel-coat surface that has been maintained and has a hard shine.

    You could always test in a isolated section first and go from their based upon the results.


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