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Old 04-02-2014, 12:46 PM
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Removed lettering, gel raised and discoloured underneath

I've been removing some of the old vinyl lettering from my boat. On the black sections of the gel, I can see the usual ghosting that will go away with a bit of time with a polishing mop. However under the white sections of the gel, once the lettering has been removed, what lies beneath is slightly darker and is also raised ever so slightly. I'm guessing the best bet is to block it down with some 800, 1200 and 2000 grade paper, however wanted to ask what grades of paper I need before I embark on this as I'm sure I read somebody else had the same problem (but couldn't find their post).
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Old 04-02-2014, 12:53 PM
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800 should be a pretty good place to start. Mine was the same way, and even though I have not gotten all of the shadowing out, the difference in gel thickness was taken care of. Is yours white?
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Old 04-02-2014, 01:06 PM
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it's just the transom that has the problem, so fortunately just a small area to work on
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Old 04-02-2014, 01:16 PM
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a bit strange - I have not read about raised gel under decals on this forum yet - doesn't mean it did not happen. That is strange the adhesive on the decals should never cause that. have any pictures?
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Old 04-02-2014, 02:12 PM
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Probably related to previous polishing which reduced the gel thickness everywhere except under the letters
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Old 04-02-2014, 03:35 PM
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Mine is like that too. I replaced all the transom decals and found the same raised gel underneath. I just attributed it to the previous owner doing the ol' cut and polish on the hull.
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Old 04-02-2014, 04:17 PM
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Mine is like that too. I replaced all the transom decals and found the same raised gel underneath. I just attributed it to the previous owner doing the ol' cut and polish on the hull.
that would do it.
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Old 04-02-2014, 05:01 PM
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I'm pretty confident this is not anything to do with prior polishing bringing the gel down. It would take a LOT of compounding to do that and being that aggressive would have damaged the vinyl lettering.

Interesting it is only the white gel that has raised, the black just ghosted.
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Old 04-02-2014, 05:19 PM
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My 86 is alot older, but it has it. I am in the process of refreshing. It has a very defined raised edge where the stickers were removed. You can easily chatch your fingernail on it. I am starting with 600 then 800, 1000, 1500 then onto compounding.
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