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Old 03-04-2019, 06:50 AM   #1
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Name change - Vinyl lettering adhesive removal

Good morning one and all and Happy Monday!
We took possession of our new-to-us boat over the weekend. Part of the process of making her our own is the name change. We used a heat gun to remove the old lettering on the transom. That was easy-peasy. However, it left behind adhesive from the lettering. Any recommendations on removing it? We tried mineral spirits but that had no effect. Acetone? Goo Gone?

Thanks for any hints or tips.

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Old 03-04-2019, 07:47 AM   #2
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I am told that Goo Gone will work. I have always used xylene. Sold at hardware or paint store. Same stuff as Cigarette lighter fluid...from memory.
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Old 03-04-2019, 08:06 AM   #3
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Yes on the Goo Gone. We removed all the decals on an RV using plastic razor blades first then Goo Gone to remove the residual adhesive. Carefully using a heat gun you can soften the decals/adhesive.

https://www.homedepot.com/p/Goo-Gone...2080/205188196
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Old 03-04-2019, 08:12 AM   #4
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Good to know. Thanks. I'm going to try a little heat and some Goo Gone this weekend.
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Depending on how long the old name was in place, you'll undoubtedly have the ghost name to deal with. How visible it remains depends a lot on how the new name covers, but it WILL be visible. A wet sanding of the transom is the most effective way to remove it, and since you now have a clean slate, now's the time to do it. It's not terribly complicated. Use a rubber sanding block and water with a bit of Dawn and some 600 or 800 grit wet sand paper to start, then buff it out with a slow pad and gelcoat compound. Finish off with a glaze polish like Finesse-It to get a nice even shine. The only downside is that now it highlights any shabbiness in the rest of the hull....



Don't forget the re-naming ritual! A great excuse for a party.
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We took off the name on a previous boat. It was a metal flake vinyl name and it burnes the gel coat brown. I tried sanding and it went almost all the way through the gel coat. We ended up painting the transom.
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Lots of solvents will remove it. Start weak and move up the list until something works. I believe we used Simple Green.

Still, you will have a ghost image to deal with. As Maerin mentioned, you can wet sand (If you try and wet sand, use paper in the 1000 grit range, then 1500, then maybe 2000. Then polishing compound and then wax. It is pretty tedious.), OR have the entire transom "wrapped" with vinyl that matches the color of the boat as the background for the new name graphic. We did not opt for that since I was comfortable wet sanding, but the thought crossed our mind. It does open up possibilities for a more fancy graphic that covers the entire transom should you go that route.
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Capt. John, congrats on the new acquisition. May the biggest problem you face is how to remove the sticky residue. I used 3m adhesive remover when faced with that problem. Good Luck
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Capt. John,
Don’t forget the name changing ceremony. One can be found by searching for John Vigor name changing. You wouldn’t want any bad luck or facing the wrath of any offended “gods” if you don’t.��
Besides, it really entertains the guests at the renaming party! Lots of toasting and such!
Congrats on the new vessel and some good suggestions on removal of the old vinyl.
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3m adhesive remover is made for exactly for this purpose. It comes in a quart can or a spray can. You might try using a heavy duty compound (aggressive grit) and a buffer before doing the sandpaper. I would not put any wax or polish on it until you get the the vinyl letters on, then polish and wax everything.
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3m adhesive remover is made for exactly for this purpose. It comes in a quart can or a spray can. You might try using a heavy duty compound (aggressive grit) and a buffer before doing the sandpaper. I would not put any wax or polish on it until you get the the vinyl letters on, then polish and wax everything.

That's true, but DANG! it is really expensive!
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I always start with WD40
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Never had any luck with goo gone or simple green. can of acetone worked for me.
Buffed ghost image with chalk removing compound but it was still visible at certain angles.
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Paint vs gelcoat for the hull finish should dictate what you use to remove the decals and adhesive residue. Hobo’s hull is.a two part and we’re real careful on using any solvents.
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I tried WD-40-- sort a worked, Goo Gone worked much better.
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I got my letters off with my fingernails- transom was in the sun so it warmed them up. I first cleaned with acetone, then used a basic rubbing compound. I then let her sit in the sun for a few days, compounded again and put the new letters on. My thought process was that it I rush to protect the surface again, I would block the UV effects that would help reduce the shadows. I didnít wax the transom until a few months later. No shadows
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This is what body shops use to remove adhesives.

https://www.amazon.com/Stripe-Wheel-...21021261&psc=1

You can put it in an electric drill.
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Eucalyptus oil works a treat. Finding it outside Oz might be hard. Doesn`t California have eucalypts?
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This is what body shops use to remove adhesives.

https://www.amazon.com/Stripe-Wheel-...21021261&psc=1

You can put it in an electric drill.
Huh. Never seen that before.
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I have some Goo Gone and some acetone. Planning to try those on Thursday and see how it goes.
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