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Old 10-20-2016, 09:48 PM   #1
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Question I have never had to do this!

I hope I am posting this in the correct area!
I have never had to remove the Registration #'s from a hull before,
any suggestions!
I don't know how long they have been on the boat, its a1995!
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Old 10-20-2016, 10:11 PM   #2
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I just removed the old numbers from the new boat, did the same on the old boat

Are they Vinyl ???

Are they on the Gel Coat ? what color if they are ?
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Old 10-20-2016, 10:51 PM   #3
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Thanks gssixgun
They are on the Gel Coat, and they are Black!
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Old 10-20-2016, 11:06 PM   #4
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Okay the longer they have been on there the harder it is going to be to remove the Negative Shadow

To remove the letters you need a Heat Gun, that will make quick work of taking off Vinyl Lettering
If you don't own one Harbor Freight has them for less then $10 plus download the coupons for 20% off

this one is on sale right now for $8.99

A plastic scraper/putty spreader helps but isn't necessary as fingernails work too

Now that is the easy part

The hard part is getting rid of the Negative Shadow left behind on the gel coat, where the letters were will be "Whiter & Brighter" then the rest of the hull..
If the Gel coat is a color and not White this is even more difficult as it is more noticeable
I used Turtle Wax Rubbing compound and then Polishing compound followed by Boat Wax before putting on the new numbers

Remember to use a paste wax over the new numbers the next day to help seal everything again..

The warmer the day the better all this works
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Old 10-21-2016, 12:08 AM   #5
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Thanks
That was what I was thinking, but as I have never done it I thought I would get oyhers thoughts!
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only its a 95.
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Old 10-21-2016, 12:41 AM   #6
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rubber eraser wheels, they go into your drill, and remove the vinyl decals without damaging the gelcoat.
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Old 10-21-2016, 01:45 AM   #8
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Thanks To ALL!
Sorry but I can't seem to be able to upload pictures!
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Heat gun, rubber eraser wheel, or a razar blade and some patience. The latter will require some buffing and compunding to remove tool marks after the fact. Rubber eraser is probably the easiest.
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Thanks Everyone for the input!
I will try the heat gun, only hope I don't over heat the Gel Coat and blister it!
Thanks again!
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LOL That was my fear also


As you are peeling the letters you tend to burn your thumb that keeps you from burning the boat gel coat...

But really the letters come loose pretty easy, just watch when doing the first one then it becomes quite apparent how much heat is needed to loosen them so they peel away
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Move the heat gun back and forth across the stickers and do not hold it over a spot. Goo off will also help remove any adhesive. Acetone also works.
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Thanks to all!
I used my wifes hair dryer today and they all came off easy, all except the three that were doubled up (one on top of the other)!
Now I have to go and buy some polish and rubbing compound!
Thanks again to all of you, UR Great people!
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