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Removing OLD OLD OLD State Stickers

Hi everyone!

I recently purchased an S2 9.2A and am looking forward to getting it wet in the next few weeks. While the PO took great care of the boat in general, either he was a collector of stickers or didn't know how or want to remove old ones. Regardless, I have 12 - 15 state registration stickers stuck in various places to the transom, and an equal number of "yacht club" stickers up and down the mast (painted mast).

Since many of these are super-old, baked on, sun-bleached, etc, I was wondering the best way to remove them. My initial thought is a heat gun, plastic scraper, elbow grease, and some acetone to remove the residual goo.

Anyone have any experience with this or any other recommendations?

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Re: Removing OLD OLD OLD State Stickers

Mine had a stack of 'em, too. A judicious use of heat and a scraper will work wonders.
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GREETINGS EARTHLINGS : Heat gun then use neat washing up liquid on the old glue this will stop all the stick residue the just wipe off may have to use hard cloth terry towelling type. Let us know how you get on AS ALWAYS GO SAVE.
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Re: Removing OLD OLD OLD State Stickers

Plastic scraper - not metal
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Re: Removing OLD OLD OLD State Stickers

If it's a thick stack (stickers on top of each other), u can use a single edge razor blade to get the majority of the stack off. Don't scrape all the way down to the bottom sticker. Stop right above it. After that a heat gun will loosen the bottom sticker, allowing it's removal and then Acetone to remove any residual glue should solve the problem.
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Re: Removing OLD OLD OLD State Stickers

Goof off has acetone plus xylene. It's pretty hardcore. I would use it as a last step if needed. I used it on carbon bike wheels to remove glue and accidentally touched a sticker and it took it right off. Carbon bike wheels are pretty crazy expensive, so I would think if its safe for them, it won't hurt your fiberglass or gelcoat.

Of course test a tiny inconspicuous area first

You don't have to do the most perfect job. There will always be a sun bleached outline where the stickers were.
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Re: Removing OLD OLD OLD State Stickers

Heat gun and a plastic scraper. I have used the "goof off" as well with great success.
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Re: Removing OLD OLD OLD State Stickers

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Plastic scraper - not metal
Hear, hear! Heat gun plus plastic scraper. Interestingly, once you are down to just glue, WD40 on a rag applied with a little elbow grease will disolve and remove the glue without damaging paint. I use WD40 to remove the glue residue from duct tape! If it works for such tenacious glue, I expect it will work for the glue from stickers.

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