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fredfizzle posted 11-22-2003 04:16 PM ET (US)   Profile for fredfizzle   Send Email to fredfizzle  
Hi-I convinced my husband to remove the red harpoon decal stripe from our 2002 Montauk- which he did- but now we can't get rid of a red dye stain the decal left. He's going nuts (after all it was my suggestion!) Please help with any ideas! I want to take care of this while he's out of town so any tips will be great! Thanks! P.S. We've tried On/Off, 3M Heavy oxidation cleaner wax and baking soda with lemon juice.
Jarhead posted 11-22-2003 05:57 PM ET (US)     Profile for Jarhead  Send Email to Jarhead     
Welcome to the forum fredfizzle...

Give acetone a try. It's pretty good at removing things like that.

fredfizzle posted 11-25-2003 08:28 PM ET (US)     Profile for fredfizzle  Send Email to fredfizzle     
Thanks for the suggestion. Acetone did not work. Any other ideas? Thanks, JoAnn.
whalersman posted 11-25-2003 08:53 PM ET (US)     Profile for whalersman  Send Email to whalersman     

I would try Bar Keeps friend... It is good for removing stains like rust, etc.. Might work in this case too..

I would make a poulstice out of it and let it sit on the stain until almost dry. Then using a wet toothbrush (or ?) scrub it some more... You might have to do this a couple of times..

You can buy Bar Keepers friend in most Super Markets right next to the Comet, Ajax, etc...

Good Luck

Jorgen posted 11-25-2003 09:05 PM ET (US)     Profile for Jorgen  Send Email to Jorgen     
I would like to suggest you buy a new original striping and put it on again. This is really the best solution because the red will always shine trough, believe me, it is way inn the gelcoat.

Also this would make your Whaler original and more valuable again.

When fitting new striping, use water with mild soap to position the striping easey. The wetter the better....

Good Luck,


Holland, Europe

fredfizzle posted 11-26-2003 11:37 AM ET (US)     Profile for fredfizzle  Send Email to fredfizzle     
Bar keepers did not work :(
Please keep them coming...last resort will be getting the harpoon stripe but I've gotta try everything first. Thanks again, joann
Jarhead posted 11-26-2003 04:50 PM ET (US)     Profile for Jarhead  Send Email to Jarhead     
I've consulted my crystal ball and see a harpoon shaped object in your future... ;)
diveorfish posted 11-26-2003 05:26 PM ET (US)     Profile for diveorfish  Send Email to diveorfish     
No malice intended but, why on earth would you want to remove the harpoon striping anyway? Thatís what makes a Whaler a Whaler.

All your unsuccessful attempts to get the red out have been punishment for your egregious offenses. Do the right thing and put that stripe back on Missy! :)

Jorgen posted 11-26-2003 06:15 PM ET (US)     Profile for Jorgen  Send Email to Jorgen     
YESSSS, I fully agree with that.

Be prowed on owning the Best Boat Ever, and put the decal on again.

To me it sounds incredable and it is something similair to do as Taking Off the Flying Lady Of a Rolls Royce !!

As stated before, use mild soap and water, the wetter the better.

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