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Old 09-13-2005, 03:45 AM
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Default Advice needed on removing stickers from gelcoat

Hi there, I am currently in the process of rubbing back and repainting my haines halfcab, the haines hunter stickers are proving a real pain to get of, could anyone recommend a solvent that would soften the glue on these stickers without harming the gelcoat, I was considering damping them down with thinners or something, but the last thing I want is a hole eaten in the side of my hull.

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I had pin stripes on the hull of my old boat that I took off with a razor blade (mounted in a hand scraper) and Minerial Spirits (a less aggressive acetone). On the razor, make sure you dull the edge, i would drag it across some 120 grit sand paper to dull up both sides, if you go slow, and work a big section loose you can probably pull most of it off, (as long as the sticker isnt brittle)

Remember, depending on how old the boat is, and if its been sitting out in the sun alot, you will have a noticable blemish in the difference of the Gel Coat (the area under the sticker will be shiny-er) 3M makes a buffing compound that really helps to even that out.

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Try an electric heat gun or hair dryer to soften the glue on the stickers. Go slowly and as the stickers soften up remove with a plastic scraper. The times I've done this I was able to remove the stickers without the scraper.
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Old 09-13-2005, 07:02 AM
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We use a "eraser wheel" on a dremmel type tool to remove double sided tape and moulding goo. The wheel spins and the rubber "rubs" the stripe/tape/goo right off. Easy, fast, and will not harm your paint/gelcoat. Get one at your local auto paint store jobber.

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Old 09-13-2005, 08:21 AM
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goo-gone, available at your Home Depot. Acetone, will not hurt gelcoat, but it evaporates too quickly. I have found Goo Gone to be very effective!

http://www.magicamerican.com/googone.shtml
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Old 09-13-2005, 12:33 PM
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I use the Goo-gone too. THe 3M rubbing compound or some FSR will take the rest off.
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I found that the following is a perfect, non-damaging scraper for removing any crap (stickers, old 5200, etc) from my gelcoat. Buy one of these at home depot (just the cover) and use it finish-side up to scrape anything safely off your gelcoat:


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Many thanks to all for your advise, I tried the simplest and cheapest 1st (a hairdryer and scraper) and it worked a treat, I had the stickers of in no time followed by a wipe with a thinners soaked rag and all remaining glue was gone.
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I did mine with Goo Gone and a heat gun and plastic scrapers and lots of cussing. It's done but was not what I call an easy job.
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goof off
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Anti bond. Removes stickers and 5200.
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Hair dryer/heat gun then laquer thinners or NAPA adhesive remover.
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Old 09-25-2005, 03:23 PM
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Goof-off hands down, not the water based.
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Heat gun and a plastic scraper (the kind you use in the winter to remove ice from your window).Other option is acetone and a plastic scraper. The acetone softens the sticker, the scraper removes it, an the acetone then removes the glue.
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When I bought my Parker it had HUGE vinyl lettering and Huge vinyl red devils on the front of the cabin-it was a charter boat.
The hair drier softened the vinyl but the job of taking off the adhesive was horrible. I tired all of the solvents and abrasives, I was looking at hours of work.
Someone turned me on to a product called DE-Solv-It, available at Boater World (it is a citrus solution). It is expensive, 7$ for a 12 oz. bottle but in one hour I had all of the adhevsive off. Spray it on and it turns the adhesive in to a soft material (like snot one person descrbed it as)that I was able to skim off with a plastic scraper, no residue. I now use it for all adhesive residue.
This stuff is great and fast.
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OK, I'll add a question here. I removed my stickers awhile ago but the noticeable blemish in the Gel coat is still very noticeable after several tries with the 3m Heavy duty compound. Anyone with any other ideas to make this a litlle less noticeable. The boat is a 94 and I removed the stickers last year. I know the sun has taken a toll over the years but isn't there something out there that will help at least a little!!
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3m makes a solvent specifically made to take stickers off. I used it to clean shrinkwrap tape that stuck too hard to the boat...it melts it away.Safe on gelcoat too.
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