I just realized I posted my original thread in the wrong forum. I'm going to make a new thread here and will just update this one. As you can see from the other thread, I'm restoring a 23 year old solo canoe made from mahogany. The canoe suffered some damage, so it needs to be stripped of all the fiberglass and re-done. Step 1 was obviously removing the gunwales and hardware. That went pretty well, but I think I'll need to make a few pieces of the gunwales — the varnish came off many years ago and some of the wood is pretty grey. From there I started removing the old fiberglass from the bottom of the hull. This is going smoother than I was anticipating. I'm using a heat gun to slowly heat it up, and then peeling it back. I used my putty knife a lot in the beginning, but after a while I figured out how to get nice long strips going. I suspect just one more day and I'll have the whole bottom of the hull cleared off. I'm about 8 hours into it at this point. As you can see, there is some staining of the wood at the end of the hull — roughly the last 3-4 inches. The glass at the end was cracked and water got in. Any tips on how to minimize that as much as possible?