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Paint stripper is definitely a no no! I’d use a 4″ angle grinder with flexible backing pad 40 – 80 grit sanding discs (buy a box of 50 from an ironmongery supply you’ll need lots). Go gently – you’ll get the hang of it and don’t worry if you go through the gel in a few places as long as you paint over – the gel isnt structural – it only waterproofs. Use a mask and eye protection and try to do it outside then hoover out. Good luck – its not that bad!!! – You’ll sand in a day then its easy. Make sure its dry. Don’t do the bulkheads (assuming they’re ok)