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Decal Removal

The old boat name is on the topside/hull of the boat at the rear, and its really bad looking. Can I still use oven cleaner and the other recomended chemicals in the link to remove the decal from my hull? Thanks.

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If it's a decal (meaning vinyl lettering as opposed to paint) then use a hair dryer and plastic scraper to remove it. The use Goof Off or even WD-40 to remove the sticky residue. If it's paint, most people say to use oven cleaner to remove it.

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If you can peel off the decal, PEANUT BUTTER is great at removing the sticky residue. Just spread it on wait a few and wipe off. (You can add fluff and jelly to suit)

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Like Mitch says, oven cleaner is mainly for paint. It is lye, a strong alkali, and it will soften or stain the gelcoat if you don't thoroughly neutralize it (with a mild acid like vinegar) and then wash it off very thoroughly.

Whether it is paint or vinyl (to me a decal is a water-transfer slide that you put on plastic models) don't be surprised if it leaves a "shadow" because the gelcoat has worn around it, and there's now a white raised ghost of the old name after it is all removed.
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For an old, cracked, peeling, baked on vinyl decal I've used 3M's stripe removal wheels. They have several types.

3M Abrasives : Molding Adhesive and Stripe Removal Discs

3M Abrasives : Stripe Off Wheels

Remove the glue residue with 3M's adhesive remover.

3M eStore: 3M General Purpose Adhesive Cleaner 08984, 1 qt (US)

I've got 2 sides of nasty Beneteau decals to remove myself. If the decals are still soft and pliable a heat gun works to lift the decal then remove the glue residue.

You can find all these products at a real automotive supply house. Don't even bother with AutoZone and that ilk.
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For an old, cracked, peeling, baked on vinyl decal I've used 3M's stripe removal wheels. They have several types.

3M Abrasives : Molding Adhesive and Stripe Removal Discs

3M Abrasives : Stripe Off Wheels

Remove the glue residue with 3M's adhesive remover.

3M eStore: 3M General Purpose Adhesive Cleaner 08984, 1 qt (US)

I've got 2 sides of nasty Beneteau decals to remove myself. If the decals are still soft and pliable a heat gun works to lift the decal then remove the glue residue.

You can find all these products at a real automotive supply house. Don't even bother with AutoZone and that ilk.

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This month in Good Old Boat there was a great suggestion for a product made to do this job. It is a plastic razor blade available at W--- M-----.
I just picked a pack of five up as I have to replace my decal boat name as well. I have used a real razor and a ton of wd 40 for lube with care but I think these look like the cats meow.
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This month in Good Old Boat there was a great suggestion for a product made to do this job. It is a plastic razor blade available at W--- M-----.
I just picked a pack of five up as I have to replace my decal boat name as well. I have used a real razor and a ton of wd 40 for lube with care but I think these look like the cats meow.
Have used the plastic razor and it works well to remove a decal from my boat. Heated the decal with a heat gun and scraped it up with the razor. A 2 foot by 3 foot decal took 20 minutes to remove.

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If you use real steel single-edge razor blades, I highly recommend rounding off the corners, since it'll save you a lot of damage to the gelcoat.

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I used a putty knife with slightly rounded corners and a blow dryer set on "high". Worked great, was cheap, fast, and didn't mar the gelcoat. The name was really old and on tight.

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