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SteveO
04-12-2010, 05:00 PM
I am replacing my registration numbers and have the old ones off but have a lot of residual adhesive remaining. I left all my flammable liquids behind in the move and need to replenish my supply. Is Acetone, goof off or something else my best bet? Notice Tex it say sticker goo!

Miss Rita
04-12-2010, 05:05 PM
Acetone or paint thinner both work great on gelcoat and glass.

Forrest-X45
04-12-2010, 05:09 PM
Hey Steve -

I would stop by Napa or Schucks and pick up some tar/sap remover. I would think that would be less harmful than acetone and it is designed to be used on car paint. Worth a shot and you can always use goof-off as a backup.

G-man
04-12-2010, 05:18 PM
3M spray adhesive remover avalable at better auto parts stores

thatsmrmastercraft
04-12-2010, 05:20 PM
WD-40 will dissolve some types of adhesive. Not the best for really tough stuff, but is usually handy.

DemolitionMan
04-12-2010, 05:25 PM
This works great.

Kyle
04-12-2010, 05:28 PM
Acetone or paint thinner both work great on gelcoat and glass.

I would use either of these products. Do Not get them on your bubble letters or vinyl lettering on the side of the boat. Put some in a rag and wipe a way and dont get out of control and let it run or drip down the boat, but some in a rag and wipe is fine. I like these products 1 because my dealer told me to use acetone on my boat. 2 they dry quick and dont leave any oily residue on the gelcoat keeping your new letters from sticking. I vote acetone.

Loffgren
04-12-2010, 05:34 PM
3M spray adhesive remover avalable at better auto parts stores

like he said

TallRedRider
04-12-2010, 05:58 PM
3M spray adhesive remover avalable at better auto parts stores

FOund that to be very useful when I took the badges off my truck.

WOrked like a charm.

ahhudgins
04-12-2010, 06:23 PM
This works great.

I second what he said! My wife would suggest using a Brillo Pad, but that's why I don't let her touch the boat.:rolleyes:

CantRepeat
04-12-2010, 06:38 PM
Automotive paint stores carry adhesive removes that work much better then most other products.

http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/5166EWDYE8L._AA280_.jpg

Thrall
04-12-2010, 06:56 PM
Eraser wheel on your drill works great too, then a little actone or lacquer thinner to clean up the minimal residue left over.
Wiped out 2 sets of reg #'s, 4 versions of boat reg stickers, couple "ultra low emissions" stickers and several safety stickers on the transom in about 10 min.
Took the eraser wheel to them, blew all the eraser shavings off and 1 good dab of lacquer thinner on a rag cleaned up the residue at all areas.
Still need to polish the areas out, little shading goin on.

5280Hawk
04-12-2010, 06:56 PM
I just pulled the graphics off my boat, ALL of them, yesterday.

I used GOO GONE and it worked perfectly, plus it really smells great (citrus)

Muttley
04-13-2010, 11:24 AM
Goo Gone or Goof Off.

I wouldn't use acetone or lacquer thinner. It just makes a gooey mess. If you get it on any other paint or decal, it could be a disaster.


35 years in the sign business.

LaRue
04-13-2010, 11:41 AM
FOund that to be very useful when I took the badges off my truck.

WOrked like a charm.


i concur. used it to take off 'gum' left on after removing trailer decals.

atlfootr
04-14-2010, 09:54 PM
Some before / during / after pictures would be nice .... and the product used,
Thanks ...:)

H20skeefreek
04-14-2010, 10:54 PM
I am replacing my registration numbers and have the old ones off but have a lot of residual adhesive remaining. I left all my flammable liquids behind in the move and need to replenish my supply. Is Acetone, goof off or something else my best bet? Notice Tex it say sticker goo!
Saws-all.......