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Re: Repaint project
Not to beat a dead horse, but are you sure the topsides are painted? I'd really want to confirm that before committing. My last boat was standard "white" gelcoat. My new boat has painted topsides, and until I got it, I never understood why people were so adamant about not painting the hull. Now I know. In my case, it's on the "it would be nice to fix" list, but it isn't a priority. In your case, I'd want to completely confirm that its paint before continuing.
As for the letters, if they are vinyl, they should peel off pretty easily. A heat gun and tweezers or a scraper will do wonders. If it's painted on, as I understand it, oven cleaner will get it off. Just be careful to tape off the area and use LOTS of plastic under the lettering so you don't damage anything else. Apparently even topsides paint won't come off with the oven cleaner - BUT - before you go full tilt, test it on a small spot first. I don't want to be wrong.
Once the lettering is off, if its gel coat, you'll be amazed at how well just a compound/polish/wax will get rid of most of the ghost from the lettering. It will still be there, but it will be hard to see. Then you can either pick a new name/logo that covers most of that area, or make a logo with a solid background and have it completely cover the ghost of the old name.
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