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Old 03-05-2019, 09:12 AM   #21
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I can highly recommend the 3M stripe wheel. In December I started removing all the vinyl letters off our new purchase. Two hours in with heat gun and goo gone I had 3 of 7 letters off the back. Then went and picked up a wheel put it in a standard battery drill and the 4 letters were off in 10 minutes with no sticky goo left behind.

With the 3M arbor you have to be careful to go the correct direction or the wheel will come off. Mine did and went in the drink. I got more from Amazon for $22, for those I made an arbor from all thread and two nyloc nuts. I have used one for two hours without losing it in every direction.
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Old 03-05-2019, 09:22 AM   #22
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Fortunately our boat has 'name boards', both on transom and port/starboard (documented boat) - plan to remove them and change the names in a 'controlled environment' ie my shop. The boards are screwed in and have rubber spacers holding them about 1/4" off of the boat surface.
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Old 03-05-2019, 10:04 AM   #23
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Once you have the adhesive off, I recommend buffing the entire transom with 3m finesse it. This should remove all the glass oxidation making it very difficult to see were the old name was.
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Old 03-05-2019, 10:42 AM   #24
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I have used that 3M stripe removal tool before. Removed all the decals and stripes from one of our company vehicles. Works good, does not scratch or damage the surface.
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Old 03-11-2019, 01:25 PM   #25
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Hi,
A little late for you, been doing lettering on autos and boats for years, one step vinyl and adhesive removal use: ABN Rubber Vinyl Eraser safe on paint and fiberglass

It will also work fast and safe to take off just the adhesive.
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Old 03-11-2019, 01:32 PM   #26
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Probably chiming in too late, but Bio-solv works great. Used it a couple of times on our boat and a friend's. Gave it to a guy once that was laboring with a heat gun and scraper. He still thanks me to this day...
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Old 03-11-2019, 03:27 PM   #27
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If the boat is Coast Guard Documented and you have applied for documentation, you should not have taken the name off the boat.
When I bought my present boat I did the same thing you are doing. The company that handled my documentation almost had a cow. They said that they hoped that I did not get boarded as there could be a large fine.
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Old 03-11-2019, 04:28 PM   #28
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Easy Peasy
https://www.amazon.com/Remover-Stick...FC1F93D9GN07XX

Just used this wheel last week to remove vinyl letters. No need for anything else.
It's like a power eraser..safe for gelcoat and paint
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Old 03-11-2019, 05:23 PM   #30
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I've used a domestic steam cleaner to good effect, like others I've used WD40 which is also gapped - but the stem gun is better
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I used "Goof Off" cleaner to remove the adhesive remnants from stencils that had been on the stern for several years...worked like a charm, with little rubbing required. You can get it at Home Depot.

I also used a heat gun to aid in peeling the old stencils off, then the Goof Off for the remaining stuff.
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WD-40 has worked well for me on residue. Congrats on the new boat !
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Old 03-12-2019, 06:57 AM   #33
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I used "Goof Off" cleaner to remove the adhesive remnants from stencils that had been on the stern for several years...worked like a charm, with little rubbing required. You can get it at Home Depot.

I also used a heat gun to aid in peeling the old stencils off, then the Goof Off for the remaining stuff.
That's the exact combination we used and it worked great.

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Old 03-12-2019, 04:47 PM   #34
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MEK will takeoff the adhesive residue very easily. Be careful not to get it in your eyes.


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Name change - Vinyl lettering adhesive removal

Bought a boat twenty or so years ago that had Poliglow applied and then ignored. Figured that problem into the sales price but then had a hard (impossible) time finding anyone willing to tackle the job. One detailing fellow said he’d take on removal of the crap, but only using 3M Adhesive Remover. “Cap't, the stuff's expensive but it works." I let him do it and the result was perfect.

Forgot to mention...The reason for removing Poliglow was that it had yellowed and was starting to orange peel. In my opinion, different from others, an awful quick fix product.
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Bought a boat twenty or so years ago that had Poliglow applied and then ignored. Figured that problem into the sales price but then had a hard (impossible) time finding anyone willing to tackle the job. One detailing fellow said he’d take on removal of the crap, but only using 3M Adhesive Remover. “Cap't, the stuff's expensive but it works." I let him do it and the result was perfect.

Forgot to mention...The reason for removing Poliglow was that it had yellowed and was starting to orange peel. In my opinion, different from others, an awful quick fix product.



We had the sister product, New Glass, on our boat. I used heavy duty floor stripper to get it off. HUGE PITA! Of course, underneath it was a horrible paint job, but at least the boat doesn't look like it has peeling sunburned skin any longer.
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I've had decent luck using Turtle Wax T-529 label & sticker remover. Hasn't wrecked any paint yet. https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B004M3F5CO
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My 34AT came named Kinja. I am told that is the mythical island in the US Virgin Islands and the name of a song too. It also came with 2 storm jackets with a trawler and the name Kinja embroidered on them. Also an entrance mat with a trawler and the name on it. Sooooo, although it is not my first choice of names.... I elected to keep the name. LOL I had to add 'hailing port' on the transom. I have 2 very nice name boards on the side of the house. They too came with the boat.
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Old 03-14-2019, 11:57 PM   #39
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Huh. Never seen that before.
they work like an eraser. it will take of the letters and the adhesive.
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If the boat is Coast Guard Documented and you have applied for documentation, you should not have taken the name off the boat.
When I bought my present boat I did the same thing you are doing. The company that handled my documentation almost had a cow. They said that they hoped that I did not get boarded as there could be a large fine.
That's typical govmt BS. If you miss something in the fine print, you go to jail.
I asked them about name changes and never got a straight answer, and it's not clear, unless you just don't use the boat during the whole time you apply for a name change. There's no need to be documented.
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