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Old 06-04-2015, 06:55 AM
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It's a question we get all the time. "How do I remove the outline of my old graphics? They won't go away!"

Unfortunately, this can be one of the hardest jobs in hull paint restoration. But a little knowledge will go a long way in helping you remove that old boat name once and for all.

When you lay a graphic on a boat, think of it like the ultimate layer of wax. Whats under the graphic will be extremely well protected. The rest of the hull will be exposed to the sun and start to fade. When the graphics are removed, what you see is the hull in better condition than the surrounding gelcoat.

When people remove graphic outlines, they will often slap some compound on the letters and go to work. Remember that the lettering was well protected, so your compounding an already nice area of the hull. Instead, try to compound around the letters to "blend" the colors. The idea is to bring the surrounding gelcoat to the same state as the gelcoat inside the outlines.

Again, this is not an easy process. It will take some time and finesse to blend the gelcoat. But your boats worth it....right?
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Old 08-05-2015, 03:57 AM
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Great no nonsense tip...
What's the best way to remove a painted name from the hull?
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Old 08-05-2015, 04:40 AM
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It depends on if your hull is gelcoat with painted lettering on top or if your boat has already been repainted with an awl grip or something similar as a base. Do you know which your boat is?
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Old 08-05-2015, 04:44 AM
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Gelcoat with a name painted on it...
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Old 08-05-2015, 05:36 AM
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You can try compound, but honestly the best bet is to wet sand the paint off the top of the gelcoat, leaving nothing of the old paint behind. Then blend and polish the area with a variable grit compound like Buff Magic to finish. Don't forget to wax when your done.
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Thanks for your help!
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