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Old 11-11-2013, 02:09 AM
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Originally Posted by CapnEd View Post
Why don't you contact Mercury and see what they recommend?
Dear Mr.Mercury - how can I remove the decals from my Yamaha? - I would imagine they suggest the OP contacts Yamaha!
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Old 11-11-2013, 03:19 AM
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I used a heat gun and a thin putty knife. You need one with a flexible blade and you'll want to smooth it down so you don't gouge the cowl. I would stay away from an eraser wheel since they can damage the cowling as well. I used 3m wood grain adhesive remover to remove the residual adhesive.
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Old 11-11-2013, 03:49 AM
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Originally Posted by Parker Yacht View Post
Good luck.
And people wonder why it cost $400 to paint a cowling.
Even after the sticker is removed, the residual glue, sux.
I got the decals off my Optimax, but how can I remove the residual glue without damaging the paint?
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Old 11-11-2013, 03:56 AM
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I got the decals off my Optimax, but how can I remove the residual glue without damaging the paint?
I used Krud Cutter Adhesive Remover with success after failing with a bunch of other stuff (Goo-Gone, acetone, kerosene, etc).
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Old 11-19-2013, 12:19 PM
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problem solved just had them line-x'ed...

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Old 11-19-2013, 08:33 PM
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Originally Posted by 81Malibu View Post
I used a heat gun and a thin putty knife. You need one with a flexible blade and you'll want to smooth it down so you don't gouge the cowl. I would stay away from an eraser wheel since they can damage the cowling as well. I used 3m wood grain adhesive remover to remove the residual adhesive.
The eraser wheel should not hurt the cowling. The opti cowlings may have issues because they are plastic and not fiberglass like most. The wheel can be used on the plastic but you have to be careful.

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I got the decals off my Optimax, but how can I remove the residual glue without damaging the paint?
You can use automotive wax & grease remover to soften the glue, or try some odorless mineral spirits. Wet a rag and let it sit on the glue for a minute or two, then rub it off. Laquer thinner works in many cases but it may be to aggressive for the plastic cowlings, so I would stick to one of the other products.
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Originally Posted by lime4x4 View Post
problem solved just had them line-x'ed...


Did you really do that?
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Old 11-21-2013, 05:56 PM
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yes i did. While sanding found aot of stress cracks. ine-x formed a nice hard shell and wi also help with noise control a little. there getting painted this weekend yamaha grey
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How do you paint over line-x? Isn't it rough as hell? That looks terrible....
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Old 11-22-2013, 05:09 AM
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I would not have done that.
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Looks like a tumor.
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Looks like a tumor.
Black lung from one those anti-smoking ads...

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Old 12-20-2013, 05:27 PM
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Is this better

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Old 12-20-2013, 05:41 PM
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Originally Posted by lime4x4 View Post
Is this better

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Old 07-13-2014, 08:20 PM
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Buy second hand cowling. Spray it up and add your decals.

Put brand new cowling in shed for resale?
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Originally Posted by lime4x4 View Post
Is this better

No
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Old 07-13-2014, 09:46 PM
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Heated slightly with hair dryer and pulled the decal from the corner on the cowling.

Came off relatively easy.

Probably ask your dealer though
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Old 07-14-2014, 09:29 AM
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I have to agree with coastal on this one. From a completly utilitarian aspect, the Line-x makes sense but it's just ugly.
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Old 07-14-2014, 09:50 AM
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How do you get Line x off?
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Old 07-14-2014, 10:20 AM
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Bit late to this one, but what happens is the decal comes off and takes the paint behind it off as well. You are left with raw SMC material. Older evinrudes is super common, the decal comes off very easily- along with all the paint behind it
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