This 100%! Especially if you intend to use it! If you use it -- and you should -- there is no doubt it will get scratched up rather substantially on the bottom and the interior even if you are being gentle with it.But the biggest thing that will make it easier (other than the vacuum attachment mentioned earlier) is not worrying about perfection. Most of us don't bury the weave on the inside anyway so there will be texture from the cloth that will help cover a whole host of sins. Don't worry about sanding with super fine grit and who cares if the bilge turn isn't perfect.