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Removing Vinyl Boat Numbers
« on: December 07, 2017, 06:35:17 AM »
I bought my 1991 Arima in Washington last August and sent the required paperwork and check to get my Oregon registration, numbers and tags. Well after 3 months, they arrived yesterday. I need to remove the old vinyl numbers and tags off the boat so I can put the new ones on. I've don't this several times on aluminum and wood boats, but never on a fiberglass boat.
I'm looking for suggestions on getting them off without damaging and scratching the hull.
All help is much appreciated!

Greg
17' Arima SC with 2017 90hp Yamaha
21' Kiwanda Klipper Dory with 90 HP Honda
18' Hewescraft Sportsman -Sold, 22' Bayrunner Cuddy - Sold
17' North River Revenge - Sold, 17' Whaler Montauk - Sold
24' Skipjack FB - Sold,  18' Seacraft CC - Sold

Offline gar143

Re: Removing Vinyl Boat Numbers
« Reply #1 on: December 07, 2017, 07:59:59 AM »
Electric hairdryer. Warm them up and they will probably peel right off.
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Offline La-Z-Buoy

Re: Removing Vinyl Boat Numbers
« Reply #2 on: December 07, 2017, 08:27:09 AM »
Electric hairdryer. Warm them up and they will probably peel right off.

 :yeahthat:

Heat gun will work too but you have to be more careful. Hairdryer - piece of cake. A little alcohol or acetone for any residual glue. No razor blades or scraping needed.
Richard

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Re: Removing Vinyl Boat Numbers
« Reply #3 on: December 07, 2017, 10:17:12 AM »
Thanks Guys.
17' Arima SC with 2017 90hp Yamaha
21' Kiwanda Klipper Dory with 90 HP Honda
18' Hewescraft Sportsman -Sold, 22' Bayrunner Cuddy - Sold
17' North River Revenge - Sold, 17' Whaler Montauk - Sold
24' Skipjack FB - Sold,  18' Seacraft CC - Sold

Offline Markshoreline

Re: Removing Vinyl Boat Numbers
« Reply #4 on: December 07, 2017, 01:04:20 PM »
I’ve removed lots of them by docking on a windy day.   :jester:
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Offline AJFishin

Re: Removing Vinyl Boat Numbers
« Reply #5 on: December 09, 2017, 01:24:47 PM »
If you have or can borrow a clothes steamer, you will find it to be the easiest way to remove vinyl stickers.

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Re: Removing Vinyl Boat Numbers
« Reply #6 on: December 09, 2017, 03:27:31 PM »
Couldn't believe how easy the 26 year old stickers came off with the hairdryer. Thanks everyone!
17' Arima SC with 2017 90hp Yamaha
21' Kiwanda Klipper Dory with 90 HP Honda
18' Hewescraft Sportsman -Sold, 22' Bayrunner Cuddy - Sold
17' North River Revenge - Sold, 17' Whaler Montauk - Sold
24' Skipjack FB - Sold,  18' Seacraft CC - Sold

Offline Peddler

Re: Removing Vinyl Boat Numbers
« Reply #7 on: December 09, 2017, 08:24:40 PM »
Couldn't believe how easy the 26 year old stickers came off with the hairdryer. Thanks everyone!

They must have used quality vinyl and the boat hasn’t spent a lot of time in the sun. Usually at that old, they’re dry and cracked, and come off in little pieces.


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Re: Removing Vinyl Boat Numbers
« Reply #8 on: December 10, 2017, 07:03:33 AM »
Exactly. I've taken them off other boats before and it was always difficult. These ones came off whole . The annual tags were a bit more difficult, but not too bad.
17' Arima SC with 2017 90hp Yamaha
21' Kiwanda Klipper Dory with 90 HP Honda
18' Hewescraft Sportsman -Sold, 22' Bayrunner Cuddy - Sold
17' North River Revenge - Sold, 17' Whaler Montauk - Sold
24' Skipjack FB - Sold,  18' Seacraft CC - Sold

Re: Removing Vinyl Boat Numbers
« Reply #9 on: December 19, 2017, 07:44:16 AM »
Worked like a champ. Removed old stickers and tags with the help of a hairdryer. Then used Acetone to remove residual glue. Then wiped the area down with Windex.
Hardest part was getting the numbers to line up straight. Port side looks good, Starboard side looks like I had one too many beers. I'll be buying a few extra numbers to get the Starboard side ship-shape.
Thanks everyone for the advise.

Greg
17' Arima SC with 2017 90hp Yamaha
21' Kiwanda Klipper Dory with 90 HP Honda
18' Hewescraft Sportsman -Sold, 22' Bayrunner Cuddy - Sold
17' North River Revenge - Sold, 17' Whaler Montauk - Sold
24' Skipjack FB - Sold,  18' Seacraft CC - Sold

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Re: Removing Vinyl Boat Numbers
« Reply #10 on: December 22, 2017, 10:31:17 AM »
I’ve removed lots of them by docking on a windy day.   :jester:

Late comment, but...

LOL!!! That's another way to do it!!!

I've seen some boaters take off railings, side decks and windshields too...

Even heard one guy muttering something about "The damn brakes..." as he came ROARING into the dock...  :wink:  Somehow he thought going faster than the wind would be a good thing...

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