View Full Version : Vinyl Lettering Removal

Tony B
10-21-2012, 02:16 AM
What is the best way to remove vinyl lettering from a fiberglass boat?

10-21-2012, 03:13 AM
Borrow the Admiral's blow dryer. clean up leftover adhesive with acetone.

10-21-2012, 04:35 PM
If they are stubborn a little presoak with easy off oven cleaner will help soften them.

10-22-2012, 06:26 AM
I used to detail cars in HS and college. We had to remove bumper stickers and other dealerships' decals from cars all the time. Heat guns or hair dryers help loosen things up. Buy a PLASTIC razor blade to help scrape it off with. A metal blade will scratch the finish.

10-22-2012, 08:06 AM
I used a heat gun (AKA hair dryer) to remove plastic letters and decals from my fiberglass boat. I have also seen a gel material that you can get from a sign shop that softens and bubbles up the plastic. Comes off easy that way, but it is VERY messy. I suggest the heat gun and elbow grease, applied liberally. You can get the lettering started to peel, and follow it with the heat gun. It takes a little practice to get the heat just right as you pull on the lettering.

10-22-2012, 08:31 AM
The blow dryer and easy-off methods mentioned will do the trick 99% of the time. For really tough baked-on vinyl, 3M makes a rubber wheel that is supposed to remove vinyl stripes or lettering but leave fiberglass intact. I haven't tried it yet, so can't speak first hand. Here is a tutorial about how to do it: http://www.rvsg.com/restripe-removal.asp

10-22-2012, 12:15 PM
If you are removing a name and going to re-name the vessel, make sure you perform the proper ceremonies.

Tony B
10-22-2012, 04:35 PM
Thanks for all the help folks.
Let me see if I have this straight....Pre-soak with Easy Off oven cleaner. Apply heat with heat gun or hair dryer. Use a plastic scraper. If I am still having problems, snort the acetone and my problems wont seem all that bad. Great, thanks.
Also thanks to Tom for the renaming ceremony reminder. Acetone and old age leads to memory loss and confusion.

10-24-2012, 04:28 PM
Looks like that acetone caused you to hit the dock a little hard. That's why your boat is pointy, right? You've worn off those front corners.