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Juiced190
06-05-2013, 08:38 AM
What's the best and fastest way to remove old decals? I spent 3 hours last night removing one side of the registration and MasterC. I used a hair dryer and plastic putty knife which helped, but there has to be a better way! I just can't see spending 20 hours removing decals. I also need a connection for new decals to replace the old. I would appreciate any and all advice.
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mikeg205
06-05-2013, 08:52 AM
heat gun - a little more heat than hair dryer - but not much more..

CantRepeat
06-05-2013, 09:08 AM
I'd just peel them off and then use goo-gone on the sticky stuff.

It my not be the fastest, but it sure is a safe way.

onejdgreen
06-05-2013, 09:33 AM
I'd just peel them off and then use goo-gone on the sticky stuff.

It my not be the fastest, but it sure is a safe way.

X2. I use a razor blade to remove them, be careful not to cut the gel coat! Then Goo-B-Gone to get rid of the sticky stuff. Eithe Midwest MasterCraft or talk Jim at Bay Area Water Sports to get new ones.

Memo
06-05-2013, 09:37 AM
I you have a commercial buffer 3M makes a special pad to remove decals without damaging the sub surface. However heat gun or large hairdryer works just as well.

http://solutions.3m.com/wps/portal/3M/en_US/Marine/Home/Products/Catalog/?PC_7_RJH9U5230GE3E02LECIE20S4K7000000_nid=JXGLVHH F1Wbe4CCRDFQ26Jgl

Tristarboarder
06-05-2013, 09:50 AM
Make it easy on yourself. Pressure washer. Done. If you have any resistance, use a heat gun, or as a last resort, a hair dryer to soften. Pressure washer will blow the pieces right off, without any concern for damage.

jafo9
06-05-2013, 10:03 AM
Never thought of a pressure washer. I use a heat gun and then. Acetone to remove the residue.

DBrown2
06-05-2013, 10:09 AM
The Sun/heat is your friend, if working out of your garage as in the pics. I would take Halogen Lights plug them up and place about 12" away, leave for about 10-15 min and then come back with your putty Knife and hairdryer. You want to heat them almost that it burns your fingers to the touch, and they just come right off.

Go B Gone for cleanup... Plus if I were you a good compound and buff, then wax the whole area to get the shine back to match the rest. Then use Ahchol or the like to remove wax and apply new.

mikeg205
06-05-2013, 10:27 AM
X2. I use a razor blade to remove them, be careful not to cut the gel coat! Then Goo-B-Gone to get rid of the sticky stuff. Eithe Midwest MasterCraft or talk Jim at Bay Area Water Sports to get new ones.

I don't recommend a razor - to easy to scratch gel...

CantRepeat
06-05-2013, 10:29 AM
I don't recommend a razor - to easy to scratch gel...

I agree, it's pretty easy to nick the gel with a razor blade.

swatguy
06-05-2013, 10:51 AM
I agree with not using razor. Heat gun/ hair dryer and goo gone or citrus base cleaner.

Yellow X9
06-05-2013, 11:18 AM
+3 on the pressure washer

thatsmrmastercraft
06-05-2013, 11:23 AM
Haven't tried the pressure washer yet, but with the correct amount of heat and even old stickers peel right off.

Juiced190
06-05-2013, 11:27 AM
+3 on the pressure washer

Pressure washer doesn't work , at least not on the application. But thanks for the input.

Juiced190
06-05-2013, 11:29 AM
Haven't tried the pressure washer yet, but with the correct amount of heat and even old stickers peel right off.

Should I be concerned with getting the gelcoat too hot? Could too much heat damage the gelcoat/fiberglass? Thx

Juiced190
06-05-2013, 11:31 AM
I'd just peel them off and then use goo-gone on the sticky stuff.

It my not be the fastest, but it sure is a safe way.

I was concerned goo gone may damage gelcoat. Have you read the back of the bottle?

Juiced190
06-05-2013, 11:33 AM
I you have a commercial buffer 3M makes a special pad to remove decals without damaging the sub surface. However heat gun or large hairdryer works just as well.

http://solutions.3m.com/wps/portal/3M/en_US/Marine/Home/Products/Catalog/?PC_7_RJH9U5230GE3E02LECIE20S4K7000000_nid=JXGLVHH F1Wbe4CCRDFQ26Jgl

Has anyone used these 3M products? I'm very interested in them, but would like to hear from someone that's actually used them with success.

Fast50dad
06-05-2013, 11:34 AM
I agree with not using razor. Heat gun/ hair dryer and goo gone or citrus base cleaner.

I used a heat gun, plastic razor blades, and some patience to remove our decals.

shepherd
06-05-2013, 11:34 AM
Never thought of a pressure washer. I use a heat gun and then. Acetone to remove the residue.

That's what I've done. Easy. And the heat gun doesn't hurt the gel coat.

thatsmrmastercraft
06-05-2013, 11:54 AM
Should I be concerned with getting the gelcoat too hot? Could too much heat damage the gelcoat/fiberglass? Thx

You can't hurt anything but your fingers if you stick with the hair dryer. Once you advance to heat guns and halogen lights you run the risk of too much heat and the potential damage.

CruisinGA
06-05-2013, 12:23 PM
If you go razor blades, get the ones with rounded corners. Takes away a lot of the potential for nicking the gel.

hig
06-05-2013, 12:29 PM
I had good luck with a heat gun and a sharpened paint stick.

http://i871.photobucket.com/albums/ab280/hig69/98%20Mastercraft/20130602_135948_zps88f5e332.jpg (http://s871.photobucket.com/user/hig69/media/98%20Mastercraft/20130602_135948_zps88f5e332.jpg.html)

The paint stick is faster and saves on the fingers!!

At first I used WD-40 to remove the glue residue and that worked okay but then I started using automotive wax and grease remover and that worked better.

BTW, my rear Mastercraft decal came off with the power washer but didn't touch the others.

Sotipnomon
06-05-2013, 12:54 PM
I like the heat gun and think you would have to work pretty hard to damage gel coat with one. The trick to me is finding just the right temp to start peeling so the glue comes off with the vinyl.

DLProstar190
06-05-2013, 04:17 PM
I just got done taking the "Prostar 190" decals off the back corners of my boat. I used a hair dryer to heat up/soften the decals and glue. Once the decals were good and warm I took a credit card (while keeping the hair dryer on the decals) and worked the edge of the decal until I could get a corner worked up. Once I had a corner, steady even pressure was all it took to remove the decals and a majority of the glue.

For the remaining glue residue, I hit it with a rag with a little bit of acetone and the residue was gone with just a little scrubbing. Hit it with cleaner wax on the polisher and can't even tell there were decals there. All in all it took 10 minutes tops. As others have echoed keep the decals warm and they should peel right off.

mikeg205
06-05-2013, 04:18 PM
I just got done taking the "Prostar 190" decals off the back corners of my boat. I used a hair dryer to heat up/soften the decals and glue. Once the decals were good and warm I took a credit card (while keeping the hair dryer on the decals) and worked the edge of the decal until I could get a corner worked up. Once I had a corner, steady even pressure was all it took to remove the decals and a majority of the glue.

For the remaining glue residue, I hit it with a rag with a little bit of acetone and the residue was gone with just a little scrubbing. Hit it with cleaner wax on the polisher and can't even tell there were decals there. All in all it took 10 minutes tops. As others have echoed keep the decals warm and they should peel right off.

Best to use your wife's credit card... doh! ;)