Decal Removal

Discussion in 'General Discussion' started by Golfman25, Mar 26, 2023.

  1. Golfman25

    Golfman25 Well-Known Member

    Sep 12, 2009
    1998 370 Sundancer
    7.4 MPI
    Ok I am at a loss. Usually when I remove stickers a little heat, lift a corner, and up they come. The old numbers on my boat aren’t lifting off. They are just kind of disintegrating, creating a nightmare. Any thoughts on getting them to come off? See the pictures 220D901A-1E15-46AF-B5DF-AC3F83675FDE.jpeg 27BAD131-8B06-49C5-AFF5-30DD1BEBC2D5.jpeg
  2. SKybolt

    SKybolt Well-Known Member SILVER Sponsor

    Nov 11, 2014
    Kent Narrows, MD
    Reel Nauti
    460 EC
    Detroit 6v92TA
    (Low profile's)
    Alison Gears
    12.5kw Genset
    Heat gun and putty knife. Or chemical like Methyl Acetate which is equally as bad for the gelcoat as the heat gun.
  3. Nater Potater

    Nater Potater Well-Known Member GOLD Sponsor

    Oct 19, 2020
    Southwest Idaho
    1992 300DA Sundancer
    Twin Merc Alpha I Gen II I/O's with 5.7 V8's
    I can usually get them loose with a light wave of the heat gun without any collateral damage, but, if it won't come loose with that, you can always use a rubber wheel. That took the 20+year-old name off the back of mine. I was impressed how easy it was on the gelcoat.
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  4. dtfeld

    dtfeld Water Contrails GOLD Sponsor

    Jun 5, 2016
    Milton, GA
    410 Sundancer
    12" Axiom and 9" Axiom+ MFD
    Cat 3126 V-Drives
    Heat, and plastic razor blades. Finish up with a little goop off.
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  5. Mauler34Rod

    Mauler34Rod Well-Known Member

    Aug 26, 2020
    Chicago Lake Michigan
    2001 380 Sundancer, Raymarine radar, chart plotter and gps
    454 MPII Mercruiser w/ V Drives
    +1 on the rubber wheel, I used this and it worked great.
  6. Stee6043

    Stee6043 Well-Known Member

    Jun 1, 2015
    West Michigan
    1997 Sundancer 400
    7.4L Gassers
    +100 - I used this very wheel on a handful of my original Sea Ray safety stickers (20+ years old). Worked like a dream...
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  7. dwna1a

    dwna1a Well-Known Member PLATINUM Sponsor

    Apr 23, 2012
    James River
    88 Weekender 300 "Seahorse"
    Twins 350
    Don’t waste your time with heat and blades that can damage the gelcoat. Get one or two of these and the job is done fast and without damage
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  8. Jus Cruisin

    Jus Cruisin Well-Known Member

    Oct 6, 2021
    Lake St Clair - MI (Belle Maer Harbor)
    2004 390 DA
    The eraser wheels can still damage gelcoat if you stay in one area too long. They will create quite a bit of heat from friction.
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  9. sbw1

    sbw1 Well-Known Member

    Oct 10, 2006
    West Michigan
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    A little heat from a hair dryer makes short work of them and does not damage gel coat. Used that approach for many years without an issue. Acetone or Goo Off gets rid of the glue residue.
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  10. Golfman25

    Golfman25 Well-Known Member

    Sep 12, 2009
    1998 370 Sundancer
    7.4 MPI
    Yeah I usually use heat. You can see the mi sticker pull off in one piece. The numbers are basically disintegrating when I try to lift a corner.
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  11. strace

    strace Member

    May 11, 2021
    Port Huron, Michigan
    1999 Sea Ray Sundancer 270
    454 Mercruiser w/Bravo III Drive
    Removed all decals from my '99 270 Sundancer last spring. A lotta time, effort, little heat/plastic scraper and a decent amount of goof off. Goof off was the best/least harmful chemical I found and worked great.
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  12. Blueone

    Blueone Well-Known Member SILVER Sponsor

    Jan 24, 2007
    Lake Erie, Ohio
    2004 420 Sundancer
    Cummins 6CTA 450's
    Be careful on the stripes….. find a replacement before peeling them….. I recently tried working with a sponser on this sight….. one night the wind picked up and the dinghy rubbed up against the side and took a chunk out of both stripes
    All I need is 4 feet of each…. They have a min of 50’ for one and a 150’ for the other…. They say they will cut them but every 1/8”…… so I had to cut it. It starts at 3.760 and 4-1/2’ later ends at 3.960. I told them I don’t need a taper…. No go

    just make sure to source the stripe before removing it
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  13. techmitch

    techmitch Well-Known Member PLATINUM Sponsor

    May 1, 2008
    Chesapeake Bay, Middle River/Frog Mortar Creek MD.
    1999 270 DA
    Twin 4.3s W/Alpa I Gen II's
    Interesting, thanks for the post.
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  14. strace

    strace Member

    May 11, 2021
    Port Huron, Michigan
    1999 Sea Ray Sundancer 270
    454 Mercruiser w/Bravo III Drive
    Removed ALL decals on the entire boat last spring. Redid bottom and top pinstripes as well as topside pinstripes. Pinstripes were from Sundancer decal and logo near cockpit along with transom decals were through eBay.

    Attached Files:

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  15. 370Dancer

    370Dancer Well-Known Member

    Oct 2, 2006
    Suncoast of Florida
    1998 370 Sundancer
    380hp MAG MPI Gen VI with V drives
    Took my hull stripes off, and left them off. Subtracted 10 years from the boat's look.
    Now if I can just find the ones on me..........

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