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    Default Acetone on gel-coat?

    Can you use acetone on gel-coat as a pre-paint wax remover? Too aggressive?
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    Default Re: Acetone on gel-coat?

    Yes, it will have no effect on the gel coat, but there are better products to remove wax and other contaminates. Automotive paint stores will have products designed for just this purpose and they will do a better job.

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    Default Re: Acetone on gel-coat?

    I found it. It's made by Dupont. It's called First Clean. According to the paint man at Carquest, it's specifally made as a dewaxer. About $35 a gallon.
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    Default Re: Acetone on gel-coat?

    Thanks, that sounds a lot better than $25 a quart at the local boat shop....
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    Default Re: Acetone on gel-coat?

    Acetone flash's off to fast to disolve wax completely, i found out the hard way. Sherwin William's sell's a product called Xylene for 15 a gallon, use rubber glove's and it will do the job nicely
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    Default Re: Acetone on gel-coat?

    I've used Xylene prior to rolling on bedliner. Strong stuff! From what i remember it was a bit cheaper than de-waxer.. probably the same chemical compounds in a pretty bottle with a boat pic on it
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    Default Re: Acetone on gel-coat?

    I think Acetone will eat anything plastic it comes in contact with..be carefull.

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    Default Re: Acetone on gel-coat?

    Quote Originally Posted by Zetman View Post
    I think Acetone will eat anything plastic it comes in contact with..be carefull.
    I used to think like that, but Acetone will not cut all the wax, it flashes off to quickly.........been there done that....

    In relationship to stripping wax for painting purpose's..
    Stickly a opinion your milage may vary.

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    Default Re: Acetone on gel-coat?

    I put up what might be a bad piece of info. Pettit makes a product specifically for dewaxing. iboats doesn't list it in the store, but by using the retail locator at pettitpaint.com you can find who near you carries it. On their site, it's listed under thinners. Hope this helps.

    Part Number Description Size
    11509506 F/G Dewaxer 95 GL
    11509508 F/G Dewaxer 95 QT

    I wish I knew whether Xylene is as good. This stuff is made specifally to dewax gelcoat. About $60 a gallon. Xylene is a WHOLE lot cheaper.I ordered up some, but can call back and cancel that part of the order.
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