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Old 06-06-2014, 08:01 PM   #21
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Thanks so much to all the suggestions. If I try all these formulas I'll have the cleanest boat in the marina. Tried some aerosol graffitti remover from NAPA today without success. A little more acetone, but again with minimal effect.

My wife said that her dad used to use Ronson lighter fluid to get gum out of her hair (...that's a whole other thread. Thanks DCBD). Might be worth a try. Goo Gone? Maybe. I'll see if I can find that 3M wheel thing (thanks Spraygun and CPseudonym).

And I'm not sure where I can find a koala (thanks Northern Spy). We have a Border Collie, so I'm thinkin'...
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Old 06-06-2014, 08:08 PM   #22
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Or you could've just hired a local sign shop to do the entire job for you! Everything from a selection of custom designs to removal of the old and installation of the new. (I'm in the business).
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Don't bother with acetone if the temp is over 75 degrees.It will just evaporate to quick. If the letters are gone and it just adhesive.Don't bother with the 3M wheel. Get some slow drying lacquer thinner.and some plastic scrapers like these.it will go very quick. Then you can buff it out.it will look nice.compound only.decals then wax on top.good luck.

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The problem is everything mentioned so far works. It just depends on what the adhesive is composed off and how long it's been on the boat.

For example, I just used acetone today to remove lettering adhesive and the air temp. was in the high 80s and the hull was in full sun. With a microfiber rag and pouring the acetone right on the rag the adhesive wiped of just fine.

Some times it's just trial and error to find what will work in your case.
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Old 06-07-2014, 12:18 AM   #25
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Lacquer thinners is ok on painted finishes?
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This will take it off along with the wax in the area you scrub. After it's off, wax the area. Good luck.
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Lacquer thinners is ok on painted finishes?
I wouldn't, nor would I use M.E.K. or acetone.
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I have the same issue trying to remove the old adhesive from the double-sided tape that fixed a sunglasses holder to the inside of my car door - not needed now as I have self-tinters. Anyway, I have tried all the usual, including acetone, so I googled it, and one fellow who encounters it a lot recommended lighter fluid - same as we use to fill the gas lighters on the boat, I guess. Have to wait till at the boat to get the fill bottle to try it however, so no feedback yet. Anyone else used this..?
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So you're saying it was a no go on the eucalyptus oil and a koala derrière Peter?
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Not exactly…I couldn't lay my hands right then on a Koala, Craig…so some unfinished business there...
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As I mentioned in Post #17... "Spray on carburetor cleaner” with Toluene in it. NAPA auto stores. If you can get pure Toluene, be careful. CA outlawed it some time ago. I'm surprised it is still allowed here in carb cleaner.

Toluene liquifies most adhesives, plastic... and more. Be careful to not leave wet on Gel Coat - can liquify that too!
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Not exactly…I couldn't lay my hands right then on a Koala...
Fortunately the koala is a protected species. Pretty sure cloth is a better more co-operative applicator. It works, I guess unprocurable in the States, available here in supermarkets. I suspect AutoSol polish might do it too.
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I would say that if you've tried acetone and it didn't work you are doing something wrong. Acetone has always worked for me, be it adhesive or rubber from dock edging.

You need to let it soak on the surface for a bit, then rub with a cloth or paper towel. Sometimes you have to do it more than once.
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Anyway, I have tried all the usual, including acetone, so I googled it, and one fellow who encounters it a lot recommended lighter fluid - same as we use to fill the gas lighters on the boat, I guess. Have to wait till at the boat to get the fill bottle to try it however, so no feedback yet. Anyone else used this..?
Yes, I have. And lighter fluid is a great cleaner/remover for a lot of things.
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3M Adhesive Remover is quite good.
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