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 Removal of 15 year old vinyl graphics from gelcoat
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Blue Cruiser

RO# 23441

Posted - Feb 24 2018 :  15:47:40  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
I have a dark green 10 inch square graphic that I want to remove and replace. What is the best method? Should i use a hair dryer to loosen the adhesive? After removing the vinyl should I use acetone to remove remaining adhesive. Should I wax the area before applying the new graphic? All advice would be appreciated

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32carv

RO# 24150



Posted - Feb 24 2018 :  16:15:54  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
The common methods are a heat gun or a 3m wheel that goes on a drill. I remember using a spray adhesive remover to remove the residue. Not hard to do but time consuming. Your biggest issue will be that the color of your hull will have changed everywhere except for under the graphic. I would use a cleaner but not a wax before you replace the graphic. Wax area when done.
Jim



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Stephen

RO# 14

Posted - Feb 24 2018 :  16:18:19  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
A hair dryer may not be enough. Find a heat gun with a low/high setting and try low during a sunny day. With any luck the adhesive will come off with it. Yes, use acetone to clean under it when done. I would use wax to restore the gel coat and wait a week before playing the new one.


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Bob J

RO# 181

Posted - Feb 24 2018 :  16:33:29  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
I've used a hair dryer to heat graphics & a razor blade holder to get under the vinyl. Just go slow & keep blade on a very small angle.

Bob J

Homeport: Waretown, NJ Go to Top of Page

sugilbert

RO# 3854



Posted - Feb 24 2018 :  16:55:32  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Goo-Gone works, but greasy! I use gasoline.

Steve
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pdecat

RO# 842



Posted - Feb 24 2018 :  18:30:33  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Not all graphics have adhesive. Regardless the surface under will be in a less weathered condition that is usually visible.
Wd40 then laquer thinner are my go to solvents.


Bruce



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cwms

RO# 7357

Posted - Feb 24 2018 :  22:56:08  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
quote:
Originally posted by Bob J

I've used a hair dryer to heat graphics & a razor blade holder to get under the vinyl. Just go slow & keep blade on a very small angle.



I've always used a razor blade. Slow and careful and you will be fine.
As mentioned, the gel coat underneath the graphics will still look brand new, where the surrounding are will be well weatherbeaten. You can try compounding the surrounding area and it will help. Just remember, time will fix this problem.



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Audrey II

RO# 30499



Posted - Feb 25 2018 :  21:00:08  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
I have removed a few and the 3M eraser wheel works great! If you need a razor get a plastic razor prevents doing any damage and still works well!

Dave

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CurrentSea

RO# 10265



Posted - Feb 26 2018 :  06:40:34  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
3m wheel works best.


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