Hey I am thinking about selling my X-Star and picking up a 2011 X-Star at the MN boat show. Well actually I am not thinking about doing this I am going to do this. Look out for the new whip on Bald Eagle in MN next summer. Anyway, I was cleaning up the old 2001 X-star and a good buddy of mine suggested that I get the hull soda blasted (mainly because his brother does it for a living). Has anyone ever had anything soda blasted? I looked into and it seems popular to do on fiberglass and boat hull but I have never talked to anyone who has done it.
Soda blasting is useful to remove built up anti-fouling paint from wet stored boats. Soda is used because silica sand can become embedded in the gel or CSM layers and cause issues later. Is your hull bottom painted? I am guessing no.
Even after stripping the paint you will then have to finish sand, wet sand then polish to regain any luster. Quite allot of work really.
DO NOT go with the soda. If its really gooped up, or just stained, I would suggest muriatic acid. Reduced with water, in a spray bottle. Follow that up with a good compound buff and polish. Then wax her up.