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Removing old boat name decal

We did ours today and it turned out to be an easy job, although a bit time consuming.

First I used a heat-gun to peel the old lettering off which of course leaves glue residue behind. Next was "Professional Strength" aerosol Goof-off. Spray on rag and dab on to wet glue, let set a moment and use scraper to take glue off. Spray on rag to wipe off any remnants and Voila! old lettering is gone.

Was able to get the old names off and apply new names to both sides in one easy day.
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Re: Removing old boat name decal

Right on... does the new name 'hide' the shadow of the old OK??
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Re: Removing old boat name decal

We moved the new name forward so no it doesn't cover.

After getting the glue off I did a quickie touch with a Meguirs product. Don't remember the name but its between a cleaner wax and a polishing compound. It pretty much evened things out so there is only a faint shadow depending on lighting.

I'll post a pic when I get home.
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Re: Removing old boat name decal

I had to sand from 600 grit upwards to 1000 to get the shadow off, then finished with compound.
Haven't put the new name on yet, wax will be after that.
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Thanks for posting this. I was dreading doing mine. Now I am encouraged to give it a shot this week.
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Re: Removing old boat name decal

Here's a before and after shot of the boatname:





There is a bit of a shadow of the old name/hailing port depending on the lighting angle, but you have to look for it to see it. I plan to haul for bottom paint next spring, will compound and wax the topsides then and probably remove the last trace of Permagrin.

Kenr74, how's your project going?
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Re: Removing old boat name decal

I think that you will find time will also even out the shadow of the old vinyl especially white/off-white. For people that are hesitant to use a heat gun (me) ... a hair dryer usually softens up the vinyl enough to peel it up slowly or scrape with a sharp plastic scrape.
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Re: Removing old boat name decal

I've come across eraser wheels or pinstripe removers in an automobile accessory shop. Different people swear on different manufacturers, like 3M or TEX. They are basically giant rubber erasers that fit on a drill. As long as they are used at relatively low rpm they seem to be very good to remove vinyl decals from cars. Has anybody used them on their boat ?

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