Join Date: Aug 2008
Location: Pittsburgh, PA
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We just did the name change thing, removing vinyl letters and replacing with new. I used a heat gun and plastic scraper to get the old letters off. A few small bits of leftover glue came off with Goo-Gone. To even up the color after the letters came off, I wet sanded the area will 400 then 600 grit paper, machine buffed it with Dupont #7 rubbing compound, then applied a few coats of Collinite Fleet Wax. (Watch out with the #7, it cuts pretty quickly, especially on feature lines and the like.)
We designed the new vinyl lettering to be a bit larger than the old. That keeps all of the color irregularity inside the name field where it is less noticeable.
I'm not going to say that the outlines of the old letters are invisible, but you really need to look to notice them. I'd say that it would be nearly impossible to remove all traces of the old letering, as the gelcoat was actually worn away around the old letters. Even if it were possible to get a perfect color match, there will be shadows from the difference in gelcoat thikness.
Good luck, and congrats on the new boat!! - Ray 'n' Cyn
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