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Old 01-18-2014, 04:16 PM
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paint stripper vs gelcoat

Can painted registration numbers be removed with paint stripper without harming the gelcoat? Tried laquer thinner, and that doesn't work well. I have read other postings that MEK and Acetone will damage the gelcoat, seen another post that recommended easy off oven cleaner, so figured paint stripper might be the ticket. I do not have a power polisher, and do not want to sand my boat, or "polish" the numbers off. Anybody have any experience here with stripper?
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Old 01-18-2014, 04:20 PM
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Acetone will not harm gel coat that I know of. It's actually recommended during cleaning when doing repairs.

http://www.evercoat.com/imgs/pis/gelcoat.pdf
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Old 01-18-2014, 05:21 PM
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old body shop trick-use oven cleaner it works very well
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Old 01-18-2014, 07:37 PM
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old body shop trick-use oven cleaner it works very well
Always used that to take lettering off my painted work trucks.
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Old 01-18-2014, 09:57 PM
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Acetone will not harm gel coat that I know of. It's actually recommended during cleaning when doing repairs.

http://www.evercoat.com/imgs/pis/gelcoat.pdf
It can if it's in contact for a long time.
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Old 01-19-2014, 05:07 AM
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Paint stripper can be used and it won't damage the gelcoat...
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Old 01-19-2014, 08:38 AM
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Always used that to take lettering off my painted work trucks.
It certainly does the trick on vehicles, no doubt about that.

Why did the PO paint the reg on?
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Old 01-19-2014, 09:53 AM
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When I bought my 1989 PS 190 it had painted on reg. since day one in Arkansas. I'm in Texas so I needed them off. I took the boat to a boat repair shop that did fiberglass work and they sanded, polished them off for $15. Easy.
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Old 01-19-2014, 10:41 AM
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I have no idea why they would be painted on. Maybe the "cool" thing to do. Had to be expensive. It's just a pain in the --- for a new owner if the boat is going to a different state. Thanks for all the replies. I will go with the paint stripper applied with a brush to the letters only, backup will be some oven cleaner just in case.
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Old 01-19-2014, 11:14 AM
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May want to heat the letters with a hair dryer. When stripping letters off of my work vans, it was always much easier on a hot summer day. Make sure you wear rubber gloves. I've never worked with acetone, but the oven cleaner burns a bit.
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