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Kummer
05-25-2007, 10:13 AM
Anyone have a easy way to removing old registration letters? thought it might be smart to have that in check before this weekend for sure...

dmayer84
05-25-2007, 10:14 AM
I use a credit card and heat gun, then clean up the residue with some acetone.

123src
05-25-2007, 12:11 PM
I second that opinion. I used a heat gun and credit card.

Harvey
05-25-2007, 12:41 PM
In a pinch a hair dryer (just dont use the high setting in one spot too long, think sweeping motion like a paint sprayer), a credit card, and some goo gone.

lassy
05-25-2007, 12:41 PM
yo kummer this is eric....from fj's house.....

i was actually thinking about the exact same thing. i don't have my heat gun anymore though.....o well.

Kummer
05-25-2007, 02:11 PM
Thanks guys! I have a heat gun I can grab from work that should do the trick..

What up Lassy - I will give you a shout.

theDano
05-31-2007, 04:05 PM
I just did mine this weekend.....

I tried the hairdryer but didn't really seem to do much. I just peeled off the decales and then rubbed like H3LL to get the glue left behind from the DNR sticker. The letters and numbers were easy.

To help get the glue off I just waxed the area a few times and it lifted the glue right off. The glue from the DNR sticker I would just rub using a rag to generate friction and then using my index finger balled-up the glue and peeled it off. After awhile there wasn't much glue left and then a coat of wax would rub it right off.

trickskier
05-31-2007, 04:24 PM
Goo Gone works well to clean the residue as well.

bigmac
05-31-2007, 04:27 PM
GooGone or such generally works pretty well but usually leaves a residue. Acetone is perfectly safe to use on gelcoat. Just make sure you wax after you apply the new letters.

bucky
05-31-2007, 04:29 PM
My heat gun is a Milwaukee. It'll light wood on fire. Is this safe for the gel coat or would I be better off with a hair dryer and elbow grease?

east tx skier
05-31-2007, 04:33 PM
Keep the heat gun moving if you go that route. Mine has a low setting. The "high" setting is designated for little green army men only.

trickskier
05-31-2007, 04:38 PM
GooGone or such generally works pretty well but usually leaves a residue. Acetone is perfectly safe to use on gelcoat. Just make sure you wax after you apply the new letters.
Good point bigmac...............I should have added that I usually use Windex to clean the surface after I've gotten the glue off.

yzwiley
06-02-2007, 08:51 PM
The easiest and best way is the 3M Decal Remover Tool (http://solutions.3m.com/wps/portal/3M/en_US/3MAutomotive/Aftermarket/Products/Product-Catalog/?PC_7_0_53BC_command=CustomizePageHandler&PC_7_0_53BC_theme=en_US_aad_portal&PC_7_0_53BC_output=html&PC_7_0_53BC_vroot=GSLPLPKL4Xge&PC_7_0_53BC_gvel=4GV2DMPHQWgl&PC_7_0_53BC_node=NVJCZRM3ZPbe&PC_7_0_53BC_root=GST1T4S9TCgv). Your local autobody supply store will carry these or another brand.

Thrall
06-04-2007, 07:42 AM
Keep the heat moving if you use anything hotter than a hairdryer.
I've found that Goo GOne stuff requires alot of elbow grease to work on some glues.
I use an eraser wheel, get at any auto body supply. It erases glue, stickers, pinstripes, etc pretty easily.
On mine, there was a slight discoloration when I removed the orig reg. stickers. Buffed and polished w/ 3M rubbing compound and FInesse it polish and it cleared up the "shadows."