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leobfish posted 05-14-2002 11:10 AM ET (US)   Profile for leobfish   Send Email to leobfish  
Does anyone have an easy way to remove old registration numbers? The ones I want to remove are individual vinyl characters very similar in appearance to vinyl electrical tape. I believe I read something about this not too long ago but couldn't locate it in my search.


where2 posted 05-14-2002 11:24 AM ET (US)     Profile for where2  Send Email to where2     
Go to a full scale auto parts store, or better yet, a shop that sells automotive paints, and buy a quart of 3M adhesive remover. Leave it to the people who know how to make things stick, to come up with a great sticker remover.
Tom W Clark posted 05-14-2002 12:39 PM ET (US)     Profile for Tom W Clark  Send Email to Tom W Clark     
This is very simple operation. Use a hair dryer or heat gun to heat the numbers up and they will peel right off. Use acetone or some other solvent that you have laying around to remove the residual adhesive.
Taylor posted 05-14-2002 12:55 PM ET (US)     Profile for Taylor  Send Email to Taylor     
I went the heat gun route. Be careful if you use razor blades or putty knives to assist, its really easy to scratch gelgoat with those. A nylon scaper might help. After the numbers come off you may well see a difference in shine level between the part of the hull that was exposed and the part that was covered. If you are putting new numbers on that may not be a problem, but I followed up with some buffing compound and wax (as detailed in several gelcoat restoring threads) to complete the project. My boat is the 'Chuckie' no longer. :)
Whalerdan posted 05-14-2002 12:56 PM ET (US)     Profile for Whalerdan  Send Email to Whalerdan     
Remove any leftover sticker residue with WD40.
njwhalerman posted 05-14-2002 04:21 PM ET (US)     Profile for njwhalerman  Send Email to njwhalerman     
When I removed the name I used household oven cleaner. Spray it on and wait 5 minutes. It will begin to melt the vinyl. Then scrape and buff
PMUCCIOLO posted 05-14-2002 07:45 PM ET (US)     Profile for PMUCCIOLO    

After the letters and numbers are off and the adhesive has been removed, I'd suggest waxing and then polishing the area. If you want new, custom letters for the boat, my neighbor makes them at a VERY reasonable price. He has made them for all of my family's Whalers and Gradys, and he matches the font, color, and size perfectly.

Dave Winkler (386) 679-6810


HAB posted 05-15-2002 06:34 PM ET (US)     Profile for HAB  Send Email to HAB     
For painted-on names, such as on the transom, use Easy Off Oven Cleaner, gloves and glasses.

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