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Re: Removing painted letters

Instead of worrying about removing lettering and not damaging whats underneath, If it were me I could see myself biting the bullet and just scrubbing it with a scotchbright pad and nitrocellulose auto thinners, then sanding with 1000 or 1500 wet and then buff out and polish. If you screw up the 'tender' approach you'll probably have to do this anyhow! The thinners shouldn't damage too much (just leaving a dull surface) but with 'fresh' paint it has a tendancy to melt it to a point where it looks like it's had paint stripper on it. Thinners on old hard paint will just require elbow grease but it's impossible to know when to stop if your attacking multiple layers! If your dealing with paint coloured or a white boat have you thought about just sanding it flat and using long lasting vinyl stickers to cover it. This may not amuse the superstitious folk though!

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