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Removing old boat name and source for new graphics

I am in the process of removing a painted on name and MC numbers from by Catalina 27. I most of the painted name off - still need to peel the numbers off. Any recommendations in how to make sure all previous traces of the previous decals/paint are not visible ?

I am also looking for recommendations for vinyl graphics for new boat name and mc number - was planning on installing myself.

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See a local sign shop. Boat US also has the ability to do vinyl boat graphics too. You may not have as many letter choices, then again, do not quote me. I went to my local sign shop that does the lettering for my business trucks, gave him the lettering I wanted. He did not have it, so I needed to go online to find the word.doc type print, and all was good after that!

Went on really easy after that.

The letters for the state on the front, you can pickup anywhere with block letters IIRC in 3" sizing.

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Try speedysigns - less than half of the BOATUS price. They have an easy to use website and live up to their name.
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Was told by a friend at a body shop to use Easy Off oven cleaner. He said just spray on painted letters and let it bubble up.
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I did the easy off routine on the painted numbers, it worked pretty well. I have followed it up with a 400 grit wet sand. Planning on wheeling out the boat - was just curious if there was a tactic to hide the non-aged portions of the gelcoat, as compared to those sections that have been exposed.
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an easy and very cheap way of doing large letters is to print them out on a sheet of paper in a font and size you like. then tape em to some vinyl and cut them out with a razor blade. i did my boat less then 10 bucks, and an hour worth of time
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West Marine has a pretty decent service for this (I am sure its the same as BoatUS since they are joined now). Just go online to download the forms, etc. I used it a couple of years ago and was pleased.
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Assuming that your boat is gelcoat and not painted and that your gelcoat is sufficiently thick in that area, I would recommend compounding and polishing to eliminate traces of the old name.

I've gotten names from these folks. They've come up with clever ideas and will work with you on the design. They even did a little tiny graphic for me once for a half hull model.

https://www.myboatsign.com
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I was very happy with DoItYourself Lettering (no - I do not have any personal financial interest in the company)

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We also used DIY Lettering and were very pleased with the results. But, for goodness sake, read the advice in these forums about de-naming and naming a boat. We followed this advice and it sure feels good so far.......

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