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Old 07-26-2012, 04:51 AM
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I want to take the decals off the side of my boat. Would anyone recommend on how I would go about doing this? I have some dock buddies tell me heat gun but I wanted to ask the THT. Thank you
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Old 07-26-2012, 05:44 AM
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Heat gun works great. Just used it to removed the old vinyl name from my boat. Piece of cake.
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Old 07-26-2012, 05:48 AM
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I second the heat gun but be careful and dont overheat the decal
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Old 07-26-2012, 07:41 AM
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I've used a product from 3M that's essentially a big pencil eraser you use with your drill. If you do a Google search for 3m adhesive removal wheel, you'll find it. I think there's also a generic version if you want to save a few bucks.

I have removed pin stripes and a thin layer of old silicone with it. It works great!
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I just removed over 80ft of 6 inch boot stripe using nothing more than a hair dryer. The entire job took ~2 1/2 hrs.
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Don't forget the goo-gone to get rid of the sticky residue left behind!
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Old 07-26-2012, 08:50 AM
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I want to take the decals off the side of my boat. Would anyone recommend on how I would go about doing this? I have some dock buddies tell me heat gun but I wanted to ask the THT. Thank you

Easy Off oven cleaner, works like a charm.....
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Old 07-26-2012, 11:17 AM
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Thank you everyone for your help. I am going to go try the hairdryer approach first. I will let you know how it goes. Thank you again.
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Thank you everyone for your help. I am going to go try the hairdryer approach first. I will let you know how it goes. Thank you again.
regular hairdryer may let you down maybe not, but one of those commercial electrics (Milwaukee makes a nice one) did the trick for me and it's a good tool to own for shrink tube etc.... Home Depot carries them. Just soften the decal a bit and it will come right off, too much heat and it will melt the decal and you'll be picking pieces.........use a plastic scraper to get under the edges.
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A hair dryer worked for me, some cheap ones may not get hot enough.
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start with hair dryer then go to low setting odf heat gun some are very powerful and can damage
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Don't forget the goo-gone to get rid of the sticky residue left behind!

Or WD-40.
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Now that sucker will work...
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googone.. I'm gonna start selling this to tuna.com.. spray in water to rid ur self of googins lol
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Old 07-28-2012, 03:40 PM
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WD 40 works pisa for removing decals from auto paint. haven't tried it on my boat but worth a try too if your looking around your house for something you already have.
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