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Old 11-14-2004, 05:30 PM
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I've used easy off before for painted registration numbers, it does (or did) discolor the fiberglass for a few weeks until it bleached (leached) back out. I got a couple of cans of the 3-M vinyl remover and tried on the one real problem child stripe. It worked ok, but not great. I'll probably use the heat and putty knife some more if I get another semi-warm day. I'll look for a stripe wheel too to give a try. I got about 1/2 of the stuff off today. The actual graphics are a much higher quality vinyl than the boot stripes and came off raily well with heat. Sure looks better in white.

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The problem is that what works on some vinyl, dosnt always work on others, because of the age or time its been exposed to the sun. it breaks down to a point of brittleness more-less. you can try just straight lacquer thinner it will dissolve and melt most of the vinyl to a point that can be scraped off easily, but be care full not to get it on your skin for long , it will start to burn. try to avoid razor blades they will cut into the surface.
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Old 11-14-2004, 07:30 PM
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gotta address , i can send you a pk of erasers tommorow.should get it for next weekend.e
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Old 11-15-2004, 02:21 PM
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Open72 - Thanks but I got the rest of it off today (home with a sick kid, snuck down to the dock for a little bit). The one stripe fought me all the way to the last inch at the bow, but the rest of the stuff came off much easier. I think another 20 deg air temp may have helped too.

Rule #372 for used boat buying, have the seller remove the vinyl graphics. Besides it being a pain, you can see what is undeneath. In this case a 4 foot not well repaired gel gouge. Helps explain why the graphics was centered so far forward I guess.

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