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Was the lettering painted/sprayed on with Awlgrip as well? If it was a "lesser" paint, maybe it can be buffed out and then a rubdown with light buff with awlcare? First, if it is a paint that isn't as tough as awlgrip, it might be pulled off by rubbing hard with MEK.
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I'd be careful with MEK. It can get under most finishes. Not sure about Awlgrip? Even if it doesn't look like it right away later it might peel?
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neverknow, point taken ... I would keep the MEK right on the lettering and do small areas at a time. You can also backwipe with a wet rag to dillute the MEK after rubbing. With awlgrip underneath, your options are limited for removing an overlay of paint.

Found this from Awlgrip.
AWLGRIP ONLY: Solvents such as AWL-PREP -T0008, AWL-PREP PLUS-T0115, AWL-PREP 400-T0170, toluene, lacquer thinner, M.E.K., acetone, or kerosene may be used to soften or remove heavy build ups of grease and grime, felt tip markings, or aerosol spray paint on the AWLGRIP Topcoat

But to your point, proceed slowly testing in a small area first.
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If it's not paint there's a product called marine formula by debond corp; I use it on all adhesive, including 5200.

It will not harm gelcoats
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Re: how do you remove old boat lettering

We're removing our lettering as I write...and doing it with a steamer and a putty knife. However, there's still an adhesive backing from the lettering and we're not sure what to use to get that off. Any suggestions? Acetone?
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Re: how do you remove old boat lettering

Our shop guy used a special, rubber wheel and a VS angle grinder to "erase" vinyl stick-on lettering on the trucks before re-painting. Too many paint jobs ruined by the razor use and the plastic scrapers din't work worth a dammitol!
Ya could try a call to the local lettering shop and see what they recommend??
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Re: how do you remove old boat lettering

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We're removing our lettering as I write...and doing it with a steamer and a putty knife. However, there's still an adhesive backing from the lettering and we're not sure what to use to get that off. Any suggestions? Acetone?
Acetone. Works like a charm.
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Re: how do you remove old boat lettering

WD40 removes the gum from price tags & so forth better than anything else I've used. It would probably do as well with gum left from vinyl lettering.

If the lettering was done with sign paint, Easy Off oven cleaner will lift it right off - spritz it on and wipe the lettering off seconds later. It won't harm gelcoat done that way - don't know what might happen if it was left on - it's pretty caustic.
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Re: how do you remove old boat lettering

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We're removing our lettering as I write...and doing it with a steamer and a putty knife. However, there's still an adhesive backing from the lettering and we're not sure what to use to get that off. Any suggestions? Acetone?
I found acetone to melt the gel coat if left on to long, bad experirance, try goo be gone
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Re: how do you remove old boat lettering

You may also want to buy some adhesive remover to make sure you remove everything, not just the vinyl letters. Any residual adhesive will resist waxing and eventually attract dirt.
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