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12-25-2001 09:54 AM
Boat name--painted vs vinyl

i have sucessfully used easy off oven cleaner on two boats. it leaves a shadow from the old lettering. i just compound the gelcoat and it''s like it was never there.
12-24-2001 04:17 PM
Boat name--painted vs vinyl

Ahoy , all sound like good advise but you might try my method. Using an 8" grinder thoroughly remose all old lettering and surrounding gelcoat. 36 grit usally works well for this purpose. Then reapply a good thick coat of gelcoat covering the wet patch with wax paper and a plywood (marine grade only) block and some sort of clamps and tape to keep the gelcoat where you want it. After it dries sand to perfection and using the suitable color latex paint (You probably have gallons in your garage) and repaint the new name. This way you can get the name off next time you change your mind or wife either way. Merry Christmas Big Bed 56 Ho Ho Ho
12-22-2001 10:53 AM
Boat name--painted vs vinyl

From personal past experience, I can only suggest vinyl lettering if you name the vessel after your wife.
Aside from that advice, why make easier to change the name next time. After time any lettering will show up as a ghost from oxidation of the gelcoat.
12-20-2001 10:05 AM
Boat name--painted vs vinyl

Or you could go the really elaborate route and make an actual transomboard - it takes a bit of time and effort, but the end result is well worth it...
Get the template made at a sign shop, but as a negative (ie a full sheet with the letters cut out)
Stick it to a piece of teak or mahoghany
Use a router to engrave the name on the board
Sand/stain/paint the letters in gold or whatever/varnish several dozen times
Use bronze carriage bolts (and caulk) to attach to transom

It cost me about $20 for the stencil and $60 for the wood, and aboout 12 hours work carving and sanding...
11-01-2001 10:03 AM
Boat name--painted vs vinyl

High performanvce vinyl is what they called it at the sign shop here. It is great because you can always get it off again if you wish. It is also nice that you can apply it yourself.

Be careful to place the name where it will not be continually rubbed by fenders (esp. tires on piers). The rubber marks can come off your hull when alongside a pier but the name will be damaged if vinyl.

I also have come across a boat renaming ceremony if interested. Email me and I will send it.


10-08-2001 06:09 PM
Boat name--painted vs vinyl

Vinyl is a great alternative to painted lettering, especially if you want to add a bit of flair. I went to a sign place and via their computer we designed a "wave" that now stretches across my boat''s stern with little "splashes" here and there. We also designed the name to complement the design. The whole thing cost around $100, but it looks awesome, was easy to apply, no mess and fuss. Also, once the design was settled on, it only took 5 minutes to print out. Looks top notch.
10-02-2001 09:31 AM
Boat name--painted vs vinyl

Um, I took the old name off my boat with a little acetone and a couple of paper towels. I might have had a piece of steel wool, but I think that I mostly used the paper towel.

Count me in with the vinyl crowd. I''m on the third trouble-free year. I ordered mine from West Marine, but there are lots of sources.
09-30-2001 08:32 PM
Boat name--painted vs vinyl

I have a 30ft Catalina ,looking for a hauler to move it from Missouri to Saint Petersburg Fl
09-30-2001 12:34 PM
Boat name--painted vs vinyl

Go to a local sign maker they charge considerably less and can turn out Boat names-graphics. All the letters are cut with computer aided tools and you get excellent results at less then 1/2 the Marine cost. They also have a large varitey of fonts to choose from. Vinyl will last for many trouble free years and if you scrape the letters it is easier to get replacements then to repaint.
09-30-2001 09:36 AM
Boat name--painted vs vinyl

I think vinyl is the way to go with the new name. I have had very good luck with it. There are a number of sources, including here on SailNet. I used a source on the internet in Michigan. If you are interested in their internet address let me know. I just have to find it.
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