Every time you decide to paint you boat, big or small you will face the task of stripping the hull before you start with the paint. Essentially every boat needs to be stripped at some point to keep the paint thoroughly attached to the surface of the hull; at the latest once there are several layers of paint on the boat. The article in this link lists some tried and true methods for removing paint from your boats hull. http://www.sailingahead.com/boat/stripping-boat.htm And if your looking for an Eco-friendly product to strip off the layers of paint safely from your boat check out Home Strip Paint and Varnish Remover by EcoSolve Americas Inc. the intelligent environmentally safe option for paint removal. www.ecosolveamericas.com All EcoSolve products are water based and solvent free making them ideal for all indoor/outdoor applications. EcoSolve Americas Home Strip products are safe for use on all surfaces with no need for extensive protective equipment or ventilation because Home Strip is tough not toxic!