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Old 10-26-2018, 11:54 PM
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I would like to remove the waterline stripe, old name and registration numbers from my boat this winter. I have done this time consuming, tedious task in the past using the heat gun/scraper and 3M wheel method and was wondering if anyone has come up with something faster. Thanks!

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Old 10-27-2018, 02:38 AM
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Heat Gun and plastic scraper to start.
Then use Goof Off or similar GEL adhesive remover.
Really not too difficult
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In addition to what you’ve mentioned. Not too many shortcuts here. A little acetone will help remove residual adhesive. But the difference in shading left from the removal just plain has to be polished out, good luck.
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There was a post awhile back about a chemical that professionals use that did not damage gel coat. I just can't find it now.

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I have done this in the past and used a wheel eraser which attaches to a cordless drill. Very fast method and no damage at all. Then I used some goof off or acetone to remove some of the glue residue. Good luck. Check out this Amazon link.

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I used a hair drier and the plastic ice scraper for my windshield (yes, I live in the NE) to scrape off the letters. Then some carb cleaner to remove the adhesive (most carb cleaners are a blend or acetone, toluene, and MEK). Now if the number/letters have been on for a while, you may need some 2000 sand paper to blend in the non-faded areas.
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Thanks guys. I've done the wheel and heat gun method before and it seems like the older the boat is the harder it is to remove. I never lucked out and had large sections peel off it's always bits and pieces. This gets old with 46' of boot stripe. I guess I'll have to suck it up and just do it.
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I've found pulling real slow and patiently usually gets bigger pieces to come off. Just an idea.
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My first questions are how old is the boat, how long has the name been on there and what is the hull color? Depending on the answers to these questions, you may have much more work ahead of you after removing this stuff.
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Also, I know you want to do it now, but it may be easier on a warm spring day when the sun can soften it...
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Its going to be faded under all the letters, numbers, and stripe. What is your end goal?
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The boat is a 1998 23' Regulator that I bought from the original owner, The boot stripe and name are original and damaged. I realize that there will be ghosting and raised gelcoat but it will be much better than what's on there now. I'm having the bottom blasted in November and I want to finish the job by removing all lettering and striping.
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Originally Posted by mystery View Post
Its going to be faded under all the letters, numbers, and stripe. What is your end goal?
its the opposite of this.
original gel under the lettering and faded everywhere else.
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I know this is not going to be easy that's why I'm hoping that someone out there has come across an alternative method. Like I stated I have done the 3M wheel and the heat gun with scraper on older boats an it is like watching grass grow at best. I can't imagine that professionals that apply these tapes and decals don't have a faster method for removing them. If you buy a used boat with the previous owners name and hailing port on it and you hire a pro to re-letter it is he going to spend numerous hours removing the old stuff with a wheel and heat gun?
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Originally Posted by MTS245 View Post
I know this is not going to be easy that's why I'm hoping that someone out there has come across an alternative method. Like I stated I have done the 3M wheel and the heat gun with scraper on older boats an it is like watching grass grow at best. I can't imagine that professionals that apply these tapes and decals don't have a faster method for removing them. If you buy a used boat with the previous owners name and hailing port on it and you hire a pro to re-letter it is he going to spend numerous hours removing the old stuff with a wheel and heat gun?
Sometimes it takes hours.
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its the opposite of this.
original gel under the lettering and faded everywhere else.
Right
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Heat gun, plastic scraper, try to peel it up with a razor blade. Then acetone. It probably needs a little buffing already, so now would be the time.

It's the type of job I like to do while listening to music, and enjoying a nice beverage. (it will take time, but it's not hard)
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One more time. ANY OTHER METHOD OTHER THAN THE WHEEL OR HEAT GUN AND SCRAPER? Thanks.
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Going to give this a go:

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Let us know how that works --
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