After she's stripped down completely
(Bemidji, Minnesota, USA)
I haven't removed all of the old paint yet, but I think I've figured out what to do.
I used a grinder on the flat surfaces, and will be following up with a sander to get things smoothed out.
On the inside with all the ribs, the chemical peeler didn't work very well, and the fumes just about did me in.
Sanding alone was way too time consuming, and using a torch sounded too scary.
So I'm using an electric heat gun at 1100 degrees F to make the paint bubble, and a scraper removes it while it's still warm.
A sander after that finishes it off.
I'm thinking ahead to the next phase and could use advice on a couple of things:
For the places with the dry rot, best thing is to remove the rotted part and use regular wood putty?
I may have to make a small piece here and there, but mainly the biggest rotten part is on the edge of the bow (in the picture).
The other question is putting a finish on it.
Can I leave the whole thing natural and finish it with tung oil?
I've never done anything like that.
But from what I've read, you just put a lot of coats on and let it set for awhile in between.
I'm wondering if I can do that for the entire boat.
Except on the bottom up to the waterline I'd put on a good bottom paint (that would stick on top of the tung oil - whatever that would be).
And on the covering of the bow, I understand there is a type of tung oil that would put a sheen on it.
Maybe some of that on the sides too?
This is awfully wordy, but I'm just thinking ahead to the next phase.