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jdl xstar
01-15-2010, 10:23 AM
I am finally getting around to removing the old registration numbers on my used boat. With the help of a razor blade I was able to remove the sticker but there remains a very adhesive residue that I'm finding is very arduous to remove. After about 5 minutes of intense rubbing, i got 1 letter removed but realized there had to be a more efficient method. Any suggestions on the best way to get rid of this residue? Thanks in advance.

Yellow X9
01-15-2010, 10:29 AM
TRy some adhesive remover and a Hair dryer

thatsmrmastercraft
01-15-2010, 10:30 AM
I am finally getting around to removing the old registration numbers on my used boat. With the help of a razor blade I was able to remove the sticker but there remains a very adhesive residue that I'm finding is very arduous to remove. After about 5 minutes of intense rubbing, i got 1 letter removed but realized there had to be a more efficient method. Any suggestions on the best way to get rid of this residue? Thanks in advance.

Goo Gone has never failed me. Sometimes you have to leave it soak for a while. A little duct tape over a rag soaked in the stuff and let sit for 10 or 15 minutes and it will wipe off. You could go to a strong solvent. Make sure to wash off with soap and water when done with either.

jdl xstar
01-15-2010, 10:37 AM
Thanks for the suggestions. I was thinking of the goo gone stuff or any adhesive remover but was unsure if it was ok to use on gel coat- but after reading this i'm sure its fine to use on gel coat.

bcampbe7
01-15-2010, 10:47 AM
I bought a rubber disc thing at O'Reilly's to remove some double sided tape from the side of our Yukon. Worked very well, but not sure how it would do on gel coat. I was not too concerned with scratching because I was replacing a piece of side moulding.

I would be very careful soaking your gel coat in any sort of chemical without first checking with the pros.

LaRue
01-15-2010, 11:52 AM
i have always soaked a papertowel with Goo Gone and placed over decal for a few minutes. Works great!

TMCNo1
01-15-2010, 02:01 PM
Mineral Spirits, lacquer thinner, gasoline and the list goes on and on.

bkblaida
01-15-2010, 04:02 PM
Try and get a hold of an industrial heat gun. (looks like a hair drier, just gets a hell of a lot hotter). I purchased one 7-8 years ago and have really gotten my monies worth. Takes off stickers, registration numbers, caulk....any adhesive product without all the work. Apply heat until the numbers start to soften and peel right off. Use the goo gone to wipe off the little bit of residue. No damage to the gel coat. Once you have one you will find a lot of uses for it. Should be about $25-$35. Try Harbor Freight Salvage, Graingers, even Home Depot or Lowes.

EricB
01-15-2010, 04:11 PM
Follow TMCNo1's suggestions. Gelcoat is alot tougher than paint.

Laquer thinner works really well. I used it to remove the sicky residue left by the previous registration numbers on my boat. Works fast and will not damage gelcoat.

G-man
01-15-2010, 05:00 PM
3M spray adhesive remover avalable at auto parts stores, can also be used on paint

cbryan70
01-15-2010, 05:09 PM
Ill vote for gas or lighter fluid

Thrall
01-15-2010, 05:36 PM
eraser wheel or, soak with lacquer thinner and use straight blade razor

jdl xstar
01-15-2010, 05:48 PM
Some good tips on here as always. I think I'll try out the po' mans method and try gasoline to save myself a trip to a store.

JMann
01-15-2010, 06:26 PM
Lighter fluid from the drug store will also work.

kkkeating
01-15-2010, 07:08 PM
WD-40 works well.

Covi
01-15-2010, 08:02 PM
goo gone all the way!

americanskierJim
01-15-2010, 10:54 PM
I just used Lacquer Thinner on my boat today. With the exta glue that was left behind I used pre-kleeno it removes all kinds of things off the boat like tree sap, bugs glue just to name somethings. Hope it works for you.

deereman
01-17-2010, 01:35 AM
my vote for goo gone

jdl xstar
01-22-2010, 03:53 PM
UPDATE... I used good ol gasoline and that residue came right off with a little rubbing. Thanks for the tips.