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Old 11-03-2013, 09:43 AM
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Over the winter i'm gonna have a local body shop guy paint my cowling with base coat clear coat. What is the easiest way to get the yamaha stickers off?
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Use a heat gun.
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Use a heat gun.



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Have the shop remove the decals as well. They will have a stripe removal wheel that can take them right off without damaging the cowl.
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tried a heat gun with no luck. Tried one of those stripping wheels as well and no dice. The engines are 1987 yamaha's with some type of wrap over the cowls. It will take off one layer in some spots.
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If an eraser wheel did not take them off it's paint.
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It's some kind of wrap. In some spots it pulls off a little and there is a silver peice under it
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Good luck.
And people wonder why it cost $400 to paint a cowling.
Even after the sticker is removed, the residual glue, sux.
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I've used paint stripper and a scraper with good results. It ain't easy.
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Has anyone tried Krud Kutter. Ive seen it at Home Depot.
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If its a decal it will come off. I used decal off but i used a wall paper stripper wheel whick puts very light cuts in the decal. Hit it with decal off which is Goof Off.
Let it sit 5 min. Heat gun

Gonzo. Lot of work but works.
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Not sure what ya mean about it being a wrap? It's either a decal or paint ...and that pic sure looks like paint
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It's a decal. They will split in half and leave the color behind. Easiest way? Palm sander and #80 paper.
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I have never ran into a decal that an eraser wheel will not strip. That black in the pictures above he posted are do not look like stripped decal....
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All i know is it's a pain. I've tried sanding it with 60 grit and that isn't doing a very good job either..lol Soon i'm just gonna go over the entire cowling with a da then have line-x sprayed over them.. Me thinks after almost 30 years of baking in the sun whatever it is has no become one with the fiberglass...lol
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Blast it off! Soda or light sand
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Why don't you contact Mercury and see what they recommend?
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Eraser wheel but the decal outline will be "burned into " the paint. Shop will need to lay a primer over to level it.

I just did a friends Merc 200 this spring. The side that got the most sun had the decals burned into the paint. Primed and applied 2 stage black DuPont. He didn't want any decals. Looks like a black mirror now. Will outlast the life of the motor.
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Mine came off fairly easy, or at least not as hard as I expected them to be after reading some threads here
1993 badly beat up by the mighty sun. I used a heat gun (not a hair dryer) and a straight razor on a scraper base and a looooot of patience. I didnt bothered scraping the glue but cleaned it off (fairly easy) with laquer thinner since I was planning on sanding most of the paint off.
The cowlings turned out pretty good considering I did a rattle can job. It is cold here so I will do the decals next year.


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That last picture gives a better idea of the sheen I was able to achieve with no clear coat. The orange peel is something I could live with.
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