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Sun faded decals - scrap 'em?

The 1978 Lockley-Newport 17 I just bought has obviously spent a lot of time outside. The decals that have the model name and maker on them are yellowed. I am thinking of taking them off, especially since someone has offered me the use of his buffer. But it bugs me a little. I could stencil the name back on or just leave it of and let people guess or I could leave them on and work around them (the last idea is my least favorite). It's not like L-N boats have any greater value from the name or anything. What would you do?
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Use some Toluene, gloves, paper towels and a soap-soaked single edge razor blade. Carefully remove, clean area thourghly and apply your new ones($60.00 worth?) with a plastic squeegee and a spray mister water bottle. It's actually very easy. I did two of these this year for $90.00. 40" long by 7" tall. But these were So Cal prices...........



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If they are vinyl letters you could use a heat gun to soften them up and then just peel back the old stuff, no chemicals needed. Be careful not to use too much heat though, just enough to make the lettering soft and "rubbery".
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befroe you remove the decals... take pictures. and measure them.. Most sign shops can reproduce just about anything.
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i did three colors both side back and throw ring for 100.00 total in oklahoma
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If they are vinyl letters you could use a heat gun to soften them up and then just peel back the old stuff, no chemicals needed. Be careful not to use too much heat though, just enough to make the lettering soft and "rubbery".
No, they are one big decal (think clear bumper sticker; like a piece of packing tape with lettering on it). It is the clear part of the decal that has yellowed. There is nothing prestigous about the make and the maker is out of business anyway; I was just curious if people generally worried about that being displayed enough to replace them. I would likely put a name (undecided as yet) on instead.
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Regardless of whether or not you decide to replace it, go ahead and take it off. It has to come off anyway, so remove and see if you like. If you feel like it should be replaced, then replace it; there's no need to look at an ugly decal in the meantime though.

I would probably take it off and leave it off.

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No reason to keep ugly.

I'd skip the tolulene and razor blade, though, in favor of a an of adhesive/decal remover from the auto store. Costs the same as tolulene, but is targeted better for this job. And if you don't use a razor--you can't cut the hull, there's just no real need for it. (If you must use it--round off the corners of the blade first, that stops a lot of damage.)

A heat gun often resoftens the plastic so it pulls off in one piece instead of cracking off in little bits, so it can also be useful. You may find the hull is "whiter" behind the decal, from being UV-protected, so don't be surprised if there's a slightly raised shadow--raised because the gelcoat hasn't worn their either.
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Easy-Off oven cleaner will often do the job....but be careful if the hull is painted. Also, highly recommend rounding the corners of the razor if you decide to use one, as it will help prevent gouging the gelcoat.

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s'dog, EasyOff is lye. It eats all kinds of paints and coatings AND softens fiberglass and gelcoat. Best not used on boats except in the galley, and if you do use it, make sure to do a acid wash (vinegar) afterwards to neutralize the alkali residue of the lye.

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