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Letter and number removal
|Author||Topic: Letter and number removal|
posted 05-14-2002 11:10 AM ET (US)
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.
posted 05-14-2002 11:24 AM ET (US)
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)
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.
posted 05-14-2002 12:55 PM ET (US)
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. :)
posted 05-14-2002 12:56 PM ET (US)
Remove any leftover sticker residue with WD40.
posted 05-14-2002 04:21 PM ET (US)
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
posted 05-14-2002 07:45 PM ET (US)
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
posted 05-15-2002 06:34 PM ET (US)
For painted-on names, such as on the transom, use Easy Off Oven Cleaner, gloves and glasses.
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