Cost of Sandblasting Pontoons - Ocean City MD area

Slainte

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This year in the Indian River, Isle of Wight Bay, Assawoman Bay and Sineupuent Bay we ended up with a very large amount of undergrowth (barnacles, etc.) on our pontoons. Has anyone in this area received a quote for sandblasting the pontoons? Interested in getting an idea of the cost. Thanks!
 

Maynard G. Krebs

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I've done a lot of sandblasting and there's no way I'd try it on a pontoon log, the material is too thin and most blasting media is way too aggressive. Soda blasting or crushed walnut shells is common media for soft material but I wouldn't even trust that, the risk of a ruined boat is way too high.
 

BigKahuna

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Okay so in the future would it be best for Slainte to get his pontoons bottom painted after he gets them clean so the barnacles won't attach themselves? Curious.......
 

JohnL

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I boat in the Indian River Bay, however I have the bottom of the pontoons painted. The do get some growth on them sitting in the water all summer. I have been very successful getting that off with pressure washing. I would be afraid to sandblast that aluminum. The bottom paint works fine.
 
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