I bought an old strip canoe,17 ' Wabnaki design,and since the bottom delaminated and held water,I decided I'd strip and re-glass it. After removeing the 6 existing layers,patches,etc.,I found rot in the wood,poor workmanship,and have decided to do it all over since the basic hull is solid,just the top 2-3 inches have rotted,under the deck plates. But the gunwales and inwales have been screwed in and epoxed/fiberglassed over and I've had problems removing the pre-existing fasteners. Would a chemical stripper aide me in this undertakeing,and which should be prefered since I have no idea what was originally applied over the cloth? Kinda new to this-always wanted to build one,but this one came to me cheaper than the wood needed to build a new one would cost,and repairs teach as much as construction,as Iam learning-but require more research! Thanks for any help here!!