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Boat name--painted vs vinyl

Assuming the name is painted on gelcoat, you will find that a liberal application of Eazy-Off oven cleaner will lift the paint from the surface. There will probably remain a shadow of the original name that will need to be removed with judicious polishing compound and a high speed power buffer and lambs wool bonnet. Method: ......... Take a large piece of saran wrap and seal it over the area with water proof tape and add a bit of water underneath to yield a high humidity; let sit for at least a week. The goal is to create high humidity that will penetrate and begin to lift the paint from t he surface - no paint other than bottom paint will adhere to gelcoat under extremely high humidity conditions. Wait a week then uncover, apply the Eazy-Off and recover it and the surface with saran wrap until the paint, etc. deeply wrinkles/loosens (be patient), then carefully use a single edged razor to scrape the remainder, followed by 600/1000 grit wet and dry sandpaper and a ***rubber sanding block***, then 1500 then 2000 grit, then power buff with compound. Sometimes you simply just have to live with the remaining shadow for a while - but once exposed it will eventually bleach itself back to ''normal'' with sun exposure.
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