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Cliff posted 04-10-2001 02:29 PM ET (US)   Profile for Cliff   Send Email to Cliff  
What is the quickest and easiest way to remove the old whaler logo sticker frm my hull without damaging the gelcoat or finish?


Whalerdan posted 04-10-2001 02:44 PM ET (US)     Profile for Whalerdan  Send Email to Whalerdan     
Use a blow drier get it warm and peel the sticker off. Use WD40 to clean up any left over sticker residue.
triblet posted 04-10-2001 03:01 PM ET (US)     Profile for triblet  Send Email to triblet     
And a warm day helps, and pull VERRRRY slowly.

Patience counts.


Cliff posted 04-10-2001 03:12 PM ET (US)     Profile for Cliff  Send Email to Cliff     
Thanks for the wisdom.....especially the advice on going will take a while I realize.
andygere posted 04-10-2001 03:37 PM ET (US)     Profile for andygere  Send Email to andygere     
I would suggest using acetone instead of WD-40 to remove the glue. The WD will leave a residue that will prevent good adhesion of the new decals, and the acetone will not.
witness posted 04-10-2001 03:48 PM ET (US)     Profile for witness  Send Email to witness     
I have heard of using oven cleaner. Anyone have any experience with this? I like the idea of acetone, at least the residual volatilizes, unlike the WD-40 or cleaner. Is it as effective?
Chesapeake posted 04-10-2001 08:22 PM ET (US)     Profile for Chesapeake  Send Email to Chesapeake     
Has anyone else noticed this...? After removing the original red decals from a '69 hull, the gelcoat underneath, even after acetone, remained somewhat raised or swelled and slightly whiter than the rest of the hull. If you get very close, you can see and feel the difference.

dfmcintyre posted 04-10-2001 08:34 PM ET (US)     Profile for dfmcintyre  Send Email to dfmcintyre     
yes, I've notice the same thing. My theory is that the gelcoat, due to sun and weather, very (and I mean _VERY_) slowly evaporates, due to exposure. I'm seeing this happen on a carbon fiber single man rowing shell, that is sitting about 30' from where I'm typing. It's of a design where the carbon fibers are visible in the fiberglass (Kaschper Racing Shells) and since I was too damn cheap to buy a cover, it's beginning to expose a few of the carbon fibers.

This says something about storing indoors or with a full cover, guys...

triblet posted 04-10-2001 09:22 PM ET (US)     Profile for triblet  Send Email to triblet     
The yellowing is probably due to UV. The
area under the decals was protected.

And car/boat wax is slightly abrasive. That
might acount for the raised effect.

Any idea how much work it was to do raised
letters in Photoshop in the early releases?


tbirdsey posted 04-10-2001 09:46 PM ET (US)     Profile for tbirdsey  Send Email to tbirdsey     
I use a single edge razor blade, nice and new and sharp, held almost parallel to the hull. Get a corner started, pull and gently, carefully slide the blade under the decal. Acetone is the thing to use to clean up residue. Just be patient.
whalernut posted 04-10-2001 10:15 PM ET (US)     Profile for whalernut  Send Email to whalernut     
I agree also Acetone is the shit on gummy sticker stuff-Logo, state sticker/numbers,etc. Regards-Jack Graner.
jimh posted 04-10-2001 10:39 PM ET (US)     Profile for jimh  Send Email to jimh     
Do not underestimate the cleaning ability of WD-40!

I pulled off this big, ugly boat registration number thang and I used all the normal advice--heat gun, razor blade, peel slowly--but it still left a residue. I tried everything to get the residue off: acetone, alcohol, mineral spirits. Finally, in desparation I tried WD-40. SUCCESS!

Then I cleaned up the WD-40 residue, used some rubbing compound, and it is almost impossible to see where the old stickers were. I think it is more a case of the gelcoat underlying it being les faded than the surrounding area.


Kim posted 04-10-2001 10:42 PM ET (US)     Profile for Kim  Send Email to Kim     
ya the acetone is the stuff.
don't forget to use water and a squgee (s/p) when you put them back on!

I used a heat gun to get them off. & acetone to remove the sticky.
lhg posted 04-10-2001 11:27 PM ET (US)     Profile for lhg    
For removing all kinds of stickers and decals, I'm with tbirdsey. A sharp razor scraper (the kind with the rounded top) does fine. Often a glue residue is left after the decal comes off. Just wet it down with mineral spirits, and use the scraper again, lightly. The glue turns to a thick jelly, and also scrapes right off.
70_Katama posted 04-11-2001 10:43 AM ET (US)     Profile for 70_Katama  Send Email to 70_Katama     
I used WD-40 and a sharp razor to remove the old stickers from my 70 whaler. The oxidation surrounding the state stickers was very noticable. I washed, compounded, wet sanded, and waxed and it looks great.
Chris J posted 04-11-2001 11:03 AM ET (US)     Profile for Chris J  Send Email to Chris J     
Oderless paint thinner is a very effective cleaner and does not attack surfaces as much as acetone. Isopropyl alcohol is also good in some cases; sometimes even better than acetone, depending on the goo. I use acetone if nothing else works.
dgp posted 04-11-2001 07:02 PM ET (US)     Profile for dgp  Send Email to dgp     
WD-40, aka "Oral Roberts in a can", is kerosene based, that's why it's such a good goo remover. Don

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