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I tried it all, oven cleaner, expensive pain remover, scraping, compounding etc.

Light wet sanding took it off in 5 minutes. What a collossell waste of time and money. Lol
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Re: Removing painted letters

[QUOTE=RobGallagher;1019738]I tried it all, oven cleaner, expensive pain remover, scraping, compounding etc.

Light wet sanding took it off in 5 minutes. What a collossell waste of time and money. Lol[/QUOTE

Well thank you, I will experiment with that a bit. did you have any issues with the surface under the painted on letters?

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easy off works.. but it takes more than 5 minutes... I remember doing that to a truck we had at a place I worked at. I think we would let it sit half an hour at a time

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Re: Removing painted letters

have new vinyl letters made that are slightly wider then the original and cover over the old ones. if it is a different name then sand of the old ones and cover the whole area with a vinyl piece with the name and it will hide the shadow of the old lettering

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easy off works.. but it takes more than 5 minutes... I remember doing that to a truck we had at a place I worked at. I think we would let it sit half an hour at a time
My boat name is on the transom. Putting a slight excess of EASY OFF, to allow it to sit for extend minutes, resulted in the material to slump and run down off the letters. I could soak a rag in it and adhere the rag over the letters, but I am worried with it sitting that long on the gel coat if that is good for the gel coat.

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Re: Removing painted letters

If the paint has been there for a long period of time the gel coat around it will have oxidized and flaked away at the microscopic level.
What that means is you'll have a 2 millimeter or less 'bump' where the letters where that believe it or not will be visible.
Wet sanding with a long board is the only way to kill it/smooth it off.

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Re: Removing painted letters

Try a heavy cut rubbing compound on a buffer first. If that doesn't get it off then go the wet sanding route. Compounding by hand will probably not do it.
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Re: Removing painted letters

I may be excommunicated for saying this, but I was in a hurry to remove an old name before re-launching my boat. I used some VERY course sand paper (not sure of the grade, but I'd bet I was the only one in the yard using it above the water line) with plenty of water, and removed the worst of it in a matter of minutes. The vinyl letters had been removed before sanding, but the gelcoat had a very obvious raised edge and discoloration where each letter had been. After sanding, the old letters were virtually invisible unless I stood at just the right angle to the sun, and even then it was just a matter of a different gloss where they had been.

I'm not suggesting a particular method as much as I'm saying that sometimes you just have to pick something that's effective and get it done, unless you're trying to win a boat show or something.
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Re: Removing painted letters

Oven cleaner (Easy Off) works extremely well, but only on sign paint. Other types of paint require strippers appropriate to themselves.

If it isn't sign paint, I suspect sanding & buffing would be the fastest & easiest.

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I tried it all, oven cleaner, expensive pain remover, scraping, compounding etc.

Light wet sanding took it off in 5 minutes. What a collossell waste of time and money. Lol
Rob is right on! A da sander with 220. then 320, then up to 600 wet or dry hand sanded wet, then 3M finessit II using a power buffer. The buffer must be one that is limited to under 2000 rpm to keep things from getting too hot. The only risk is it will look better than the rest of the transom so do the whole thing. I just did this to a rolled on coat of high solids, 2 part urethane yesterday and it shines. I started with 150 because the surface was rough to begin with. Sanding is good! Go slowly with the coarse (220) grit!

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