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Tony B
05-04-2013, 12:06 PM
What is the best method for removing old vinyl lettering from fiberglass transom without
damaging the gelcoat?

captrsimon
05-04-2013, 12:51 PM
Use a LITTLE heat from a heat gun or hair dryer. Adhesive remover Googone. If the shadow is still there you will need to compound, polish and wax.

Tony B
05-05-2013, 02:21 PM
Thanks for the input.

I went to my old shop today and picked up a Heat Gum. Gum Wheel, Acetone, Plastic Scrapers and Adhesive remover.
I will let you know how well it went.

Tony B

easttnboater
05-06-2013, 06:45 AM
3M stripe off wheel.

Tony B
05-07-2013, 08:10 AM
The lettering came off very easily with a heat gun.
I concentrated on one corner of a letter for about 15 seconds and then heated the rest of the letter for 5 seconds. Using a plastic scraper, I worked the corner until it rolled back about 1/4' and then with my fingers was able to pel off the whole letter in literally seconds.
The shadow, well, that's another story.
Gum Wheel - I should live so long. I gave that up quickly.
Acetone and adhesive remover - Waste of time.
Alcohol - removed the faint trace of residue, but that's it.

320 Grit wet/dry paper applied wet - worked great. I went to store and picked up some 600 Grit paper for fear that the 320 may be too aggressive. That was somewhat slow going but not too bad and that did the trick.

Now for my next question - I am going to buff the entire stern with a compound and polisher before the new lettering is applied. Definitely NO WAX at this point. What grit wet/dry paper should I use to remove the chalking of the gejcoat prior to buffing-out?

captrsimon
05-07-2013, 03:15 PM
When I had a fiberglass boat I used Meguiar's No. 49 Oxidation Remover if I had heavy oxidation. Only used it once, the first year we bought the boat. Every year after I used Meguiar's No. 44 Color Restorer, than Meguiar's No. 45 Marine / RV High Gloss and wax and finally Meguiar's Flagship Marine Wax. Once done the boat was a mirror and every one would not believe the boat was an 20 year old boat. I also used the wool pads not the foam ones. Never left a swirl mark.