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Old 05-28-2013, 03:15 PM
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Durability of Vinyl to buffing?

The hull of our boat has reached critical levels of ugly.

I have a Milwaukee Buffer like so :

I have read and understand the pads, understand what products and the purpose of wetsanding.

Main question and I want to hear from someone who's done this. My vinyl is not great - OK but not great. I would like to leave it in place and buff over it, is this likely to destroy the vinyl?

I do not have the time this summer to strip the vinyl, and do not want to lose where the graphics are by removing them and waiting for new product.

What say you - can you polish a hull with out removing the graphics?
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Old 05-28-2013, 04:43 PM
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I polish my hull without removing the vinly stars and Mastercraft logos every year. No problems at all. Just make sure to have plenty of polish on around the vinyl areas so you do not burn them. You should be especially careful around any drip mold graphics. If you are really concerned, just hand buff over the graphics so you do not have to worry about messing them up. Make sure to remove any hazed compound shortly after it hazes as well. I believe this one I took just after buffing one weekend. Again, went right over the decals with a buffer just like yours.

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Old 05-28-2013, 04:56 PM
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markismm has the correct answers. As far as stripping and replacing the vinyl, it's not that big a job. Less than an hour sitting on a stool next to the boat with a hair dryer. Good measurements and pictures makes application easy enough. Once it's all buffed out over the old graphics, you are set for replacement and have the shadows as a guide.

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Old 05-28-2013, 05:36 PM
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That's how I was visualizing it. I also figure I'd spend hours trying to blend out the "shadow" of the letters if I removed then buffed.
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