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will posted 07-30-2001 01:24 PM ET (US)   Profile for will  
I the right light, I can still see the "shadow" of the old name of my boat on the hull. I wouldn't care, but it makes a favorable reference to the University of Virginia and I am a huge Tarheel Fan! Any thougts on how to get that off without extensive compounding. The gelcoat is in great shape. Thanks.--Will
bigz posted 07-30-2001 01:38 PM ET (US)     Profile for bigz    
No you'll have to work your tail off at it and then it still might in the right light show --- been there done that even replacing the Whaler decals --- good luck --- best use a power buffer and don't forget to wax after --- Z
Bigshot posted 07-30-2001 02:16 PM ET (US)     Profile for Bigshot  Send Email to Bigshot     
Chances are you will always see that. I removed a name once and years later when it chalked a bit, she would show up again. Keep it waxed.
will posted 07-30-2001 04:32 PM ET (US)     Profile for will    
tbirdsey posted 07-30-2001 09:21 PM ET (US)     Profile for tbirdsey  Send Email to tbirdsey     
Try a little acetone on a soft cloth--carefully; it removes just a little gelcoat and you might be able to blend the faded and non faded areas together.
Tom W Clark posted 07-31-2001 01:10 AM ET (US)     Profile for Tom W Clark  Send Email to Tom W Clark     

The trick to getting the old "shadow" to disappear it to degrade the gelcoat under the old letters and numbers to the same condition as the gelcoat around it. This is easier said than done. You nay have to sand the whole area to a coarser state than it is now and then buff it back to the good condition of the rest of the hull. It's kind of a "you can't get there from here" kinda' deal. Also check out:

will posted 07-31-2001 09:01 AM ET (US)     Profile for will    
thanks guys--the shadow is so faint that I may leave it be. I hate to do anything to the gelcoat other than compounding and waxing as it is in very good shape. I plan to rename the boat at some point and the new letter will go where the old ones were.

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