Buffing with a compound rarely removes the ghost of the old name. The only thing I have found that will remove it is to wet sand the area with 600-1000 grit paper, then buff and then wax. You are not removing the name, you are bringing the exposed gel-coat closer to the gell that was under the vinyl decal. If you are lucky it's on the transom and you won't have to sand the entire side of the boat.
05-07-2006 12:13 AM
Use Goo Gone and lots of clean rags. Then buff with a none waxing fine compound cleaner. Be sure to do the entire area. I just did my P28-2 Equal Partners in gold leaf. The Admiral says don't forget the denameing and renameing cerimony. Rick
05-05-2006 07:56 AM
there's actually a decent de-naming ceremony on the 'net. I'll see if I can find a link to it.
We purchased a boat years ago who's name (poor thing) was Breaking Wind! We figured it was bad luck not to change her name. Jim
these name changing threads are always an entertaining stew of voodoo sailor beliefs. can't wait
05-05-2006 05:08 AM
Very unlucky to change a boat's name unless it is a salvage or you plan to sail her backwards over the equator.
02-21-2006 08:45 PM
Two years ago I bought a Pearson 33-2 and removed the old name that had been on the boat for 15 years -- both port and starboard sides also. I used rubbing compound of varying grits, acetone, everything I could think of. Once I had it looking as good as I thought I could, I applied the new name right over both places where the old one had been. That was 2 years ago and now you can only notice the remnants of the old name if you are literally standing right next to the boat. People would never know I had changed the name unless I point it out to them now.
02-21-2006 03:10 PM
Sunlight should eventually blend the newly exposed gelcoat areas into the old . . . or you could do what I did.
After being on each side of the canoe stern for 18 years, I removed the painted on, former owner's hailing port with Easy-Off. I then lightly burnished the area with a fine, fiberglass rubbing compound, wiped on acetone, applied the new vinyl letters and finished with a good quality wax & polish. The area looks like it was just released from the mold.
02-21-2006 02:58 PM
I have recently purchased a Pearson 28 and want to change the name. Any suggestions on how to remove the ghost image after name has been pealed off.