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Now what do I do?

I wanted to remove the vinyl lettering on my boat. I googled 'vinyl lettering removal from boat' and found an old thread on Sailnet.

Someone recommended a device called a 3M Stripe Off Wheel. Coincidentally someone at my marina recommended the same device. I googled, I watched YouTube - it seemed like the bee's knees.

Today I used a hair drier to warm up the vinyl and peeled off as much as I could. Next I took the 3M Stripe Off Wheel and followed the directions. The residual vinyl came off a treat but left some clumps and what appeared to be adhesive.

I took some acetone and removed the residue - everything came off.
Unfortunately there now looks like some staining where the old name was. It appears to be some discolouration of the fibreglass caused by the stripe off disk.

If this is 'scorching' caused by the friction of the rubber disk how can I get rid of it?

I thought I would try some coarse rubbing compound, or maybe some fine-grit sandpaper (or wet & dry emery).

Does anyone else have any ideas?

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Re: Now what do I do?

A colour difference and 'shadowing' of the old name under a decal is common.. the gel coat was protected by the decal and has aged differently.

However if there's discolouration you can link to the use of the wheel then it probably got a little hot... Starting with compound, and/or fine (600+) wet sand may be a starting point, followed by an overall polish afterwards.

The other consideration might be how much of the old your new name/decal etc will cover..
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Re: Now what do I do?

I had the same thing happen with discoloration under old lettering. After a couple of seasons of compounding and waxing, it was gone.
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Re: Now what do I do?

Thanks for the suggestions.

I am pretty sure that the discolouration was caused by the wheel as it does not correspond to where the original lettering was.
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Re: Now what do I do?

Try compounding the area, then apply some wax and buff it out. If this doesn't solve the problem, clean the wax off with a good detergent and let the sun and weather take care of the problem. It will probably take a season or two, but eventually the entire stern will be the same color.

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Re: Now what do I do?

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I wanted to remove the vinyl lettering on my boat. I googled 'vinyl lettering removal from boat' and found an old thread on Sailnet.

Someone recommended a device called a 3M Stripe Off Wheel. Coincidentally someone at my marina recommended the same device. I googled, I watched YouTube - it seemed like the bee's knees.

Today I used a hair drier to warm up the vinyl and peeled off as much as I could. Next I took the 3M Stripe Off Wheel and followed the directions. The residual vinyl came off a treat but left some clumps and what appeared to be adhesive.

I took some acetone and removed the residue - everything came off.
Unfortunately there now looks like some staining where the old name was. It appears to be some discolouration of the fibreglass caused by the stripe off disk.

If this is 'scorching' caused by the friction of the rubber disk how can I get rid of it?

I thought I would try some coarse rubbing compound, or maybe some fine-grit sandpaper (or wet & dry emery).

Does anyone else have any ideas?

Thanks
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Re: Now what do I do?

COmopound. Use Maguires or the 3m product. It will help. I never saw it totally remove it. Sorry.

You can also paint. Extreme suggestion.

I never tried wet sanding.

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