View Full Version : sticker removal

04-03-2014, 07:42 PM
pulled the stock graphics off of the boat, how do i get the difference in color to go away. Wetsanded, buffed but i can still see at certain angels in the shop. Will it fade over time?

04-03-2014, 07:54 PM
My 91 has it and I have wetsanded, buffed, polished and no go. Took it to a gel coat guy here for a quote on some repairs and he said it won't come off.

Hopefully someone here will give us both the answer we are looking for.

04-03-2014, 08:26 PM
some one please chime in for the golden cure!

04-03-2014, 09:37 PM
I am refreshing my 86. I have the color difference as well as a raised edge where the stickers were. I am sanding with 600, 800, 1000 and 1500 then onto the compounds. So far I have been able to block sand the ridges out and get the color to match on the deck. I haven't started the hull yet. The transom will be the worst for me.
It takes some major time. I have about 12 hours in sanding the deck only.

04-03-2014, 09:40 PM
that may take a long time for the uncovered gel to age to match the exposed... vinyl is like SPF100 sun screen

04-04-2014, 11:06 AM
U can still see graphics outline at certain angels

east tx skier
04-04-2014, 11:56 AM
You're not going to completely get rid of the "ghosting" on the gel coat. You just need to be very precise in applying the new decals so it can't be seen.

SWGA Boater
04-04-2014, 01:23 PM
Doing this on another boat as I speak. 600 grit seemed to work well then on to 800. There were a few edges where I am using 400--very wet, very light pressure. Then follow up with 600, 800. I have found that using a heavy compound and a wool pad it will buff out the 800 scratches. For compounding I have been using maguiar's #49 and another product called buff magic (excellent!). Follow this with a lighter cut compound on the wool pad. Then start using medium to fine cut polish on pads with a dual action polisher.

What I recommend doing is completely follow through with a 2x2 area. Wet sand, compound to polish. See what needs to be done first and then go with that. If compounding will take out 800 scratches, there is no point in wet sanding to 1500-2000. At that point you are removing scratches not oxidation. There are a few areas where compound may cut the oxidation. I use my da polisher with 800 grit to do the wet sanding. Works very well.

04-04-2014, 04:51 PM
Sometimes sanding won't solve it - ghosting is completely through the gel coat. If that is the case, your only option is to re-gel coat.

04-04-2014, 05:06 PM
^^ Yep.

On my red transom I got all the way down to the grey coat underneath in one pinhead sized spot and still had ghosting around it. I put completely different/updated graphics on that don't cover everything, but distract enough that no one has ever noticed.

04-05-2014, 08:30 AM
this sucks on a 2006 boat, just saying

04-05-2014, 08:43 AM
I think we are both SOL. I wet sanded mine with 600, 800, 1000, 1200 and then 1500. Then I buffed it with 3M compound with a wool pad, after that I used 3M Perfect it with a foam pad. Took all the oxidation off and shined the boat so the place where the stickers were was not as noticeable but it's still there. Here is a before. I will post an after shot as well.

04-05-2014, 08:55 AM
Here is an after and you can still see where the old sticker was. I put a lot of hours into sanding, buffing, polishing and waxing and it's still there. My gel coat guy wasn't lying when he said "that won't go away".

04-05-2014, 08:57 AM
I just gave up and tried to put the new decals on as close to the old ones as I could. After that, you can't really see the old ones as your eyes are drawn to the decals. But still sucks!!

east tx skier
04-05-2014, 11:29 AM
Looks great from here. Some time in the sun for those spots that have never seen the light of day will help it blend over time.

04-07-2014, 12:22 AM
someone has to got be able to do better job,, i can't see it unless i go looking for it, maybe i just buy the badge and put there.. how big are them