Most of our brightwork needs to be stripped and refinished. We've varnished the bare spots as a stopgap to prevent more damage but that is only a temporary solution and doesn't look too good.
I have never used a heat gun for paint or varnish stripping but having read up on the topic it seems like the only way to go.
- I asked the marina/yard operator if sanding in the slip was ok and he said that hand sanding was fine but power sanding would produce too much dust and the yard might get in trouble. The yard/marina are outstanding so we will not do anything which might cause them trouble. I'll only use hand sanding for the final stripping and touch-up.
- Chemical strippers are too nasty and there is too much wood to strip. I might use it in the hard to scrape areas but not for the larger ones.
So, reading about how easy heat-gun stripping is I wonder what kind of damage it might do to surrounding FG or the gel coat ? 500-1000+ degrees F is pretty hot :-)
Likewise, I wonder what the damage mitigation strategies might be ? Do you use a metal plate or something else to shield the nearby FG from the direct blast of heat or do you just stay away from the varnished areas that abut FG ?
Insights will be appreciated, as usual,