A simple two part question

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  1. dwna1a

    dwna1a Well-Known Member GOLD Sponsor

    Apr 23, 2012
    James River
    88 Weekender 300 "Seahorse"
    Twins 350
    Easy one folks, promise.

    1) What's the best way to remove the very old (1988) striping from the side of the boat, and the best way to remove the wax in that same area?

    2) Temps here tomorrow will be in the 50's, is it safe to place the new strip on?
     
  2. Bt Doctur

    Bt Doctur Well-Known Member

    Aug 21, 2010
    New Jersey
    Ex SRV 240 Weekender twin
    in between
    1 hair dryer and a razor blade, for the wax try acetone
    2 dont know your state so it hard to say
     
  3. Lazy Daze

    Lazy Daze Well-Known Member TECHNICAL Contributor GOLD Sponsor

    Apr 21, 2009
    PA
    Various
    Various
    Last edited: Feb 21, 2020
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  4. PlayDate

    PlayDate Well-Known Member

    Dec 25, 2006
    Washington DC
    1994 370 Express Cruiser
    454 Mercruisers
    This is what I use. It does a great job of removing old stripes or lettering then you can use goo gone to clean it up. Much faster than any other way I have found and no damage.

    Personally, I would wait until the temps stayed in the 60s before applying the new stripe.

    https://www.amazon.com/3M-03612-Adhesive-Eraser-Wheel/dp/B005RNGN8I
     
  5. b_arrington

    b_arrington Well-Known Member GOLD Sponsor

    Feb 21, 2007
    Setauket, NY
    2018 Back Cove 34
    Cummins QSB 6.7 480
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  6. dwna1a

    dwna1a Well-Known Member GOLD Sponsor

    Apr 23, 2012
    James River
    88 Weekender 300 "Seahorse"
    Twins 350
    I've tried the heat gun on the front end of the boat with very little luck. I was hopeful someone might have found another way
     
  7. bbwhitejr

    bbwhitejr Well-Known Member SILVER Sponsor

    Apr 14, 2013
    Lake Lanier GA
    2007 44DB
    Cummins QSC 8.3s
    I have tried both ways.....eraser wheel followed by a acetone wipe down is by far the quickest and easiest....

    Bennett
     
  8. Lazy Daze

    Lazy Daze Well-Known Member TECHNICAL Contributor GOLD Sponsor

    Apr 21, 2009
    PA
    Various
    Various
    If the tape is still in decent condition, heating it up will work as long as you don't get it too hot. Just wanna soften it up. Otherwise, as I mentioned above, if the tape is dry and crackly, you're either scrpaing it off or the using the eraser tool a bunch of us have mentioned. That's pretty much it - there's no magic here! :)
     
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  9. Loyd Dinneen

    Loyd Dinneen Active Member

    413
    Jul 29, 2017
    Las Vegas
    1977 Sea ray 240 SDA cruiser w/ twin 470 mercs.
    Twin 470 Mercruisers
    I also used an eraser wheel and acetone wipedown worked like a champ
     
  10. boatman37

    boatman37 Well-Known Member

    Jun 6, 2015
    pittsburgh
    2006 Crownline 250CR. 5.7 Merc BIII
    Previous: 1986 Sea Ray 250 Sundancer. 260 Merc Alpha 1 Gen 1
    5.7 Merc BIII
    The 3M eraser wheel works great
     
  11. Brent Nutting

    Brent Nutting Active Member

    306
    Mar 24, 2016
    Lk Saint Clair, Fair Haven, MI
    2002 480 Sedan Bridge
    10' Aventus RIB w/ 9.9 Merc
    Cat 3196
    We used the same one.
     
  12. JVM225

    JVM225 Well-Known Member GOLD Sponsor

    Apr 8, 2008
    Farmingdale, NY
    2002 410 Sundancer, Monaco Edition.
    3126 Cats.
    I’ve used all kinds of methods over the years. All were eventually successful.
    When it came time to remove my boot stripe last year I found the quickest and easiest method yet.

    1. Harbor Freight heat gun used to gently heat (not burn) vinyl stripe while,
    2. Pushing vinyl off the surface with a plastic razor blade used on an angle.
    3. Cleaning the adhesive residue off the surface with a product called “Rapid Remover” that I got from Amazon.
    Just follow the directions on the bottle.

    Easy Peasy!
     
  13. PlayDate

    PlayDate Well-Known Member

    Dec 25, 2006
    Washington DC
    1994 370 Express Cruiser
    454 Mercruisers

    The striping has been on your boat for 32 years. Heating it up won't release the adhesive .....since it probably doesn't have a lot of chemical properties left. The 3M erasure wheel will make short work of it and put a smile on your face as the stripe disappears within seconds. Make sure you have a drill speed rated for the 3m wheel.
     
  14. dwna1a

    dwna1a Well-Known Member GOLD Sponsor

    Apr 23, 2012
    James River
    88 Weekender 300 "Seahorse"
    Twins 350
    I found a old tool of my fathers, it looks like it was used for fine trimming walnut stocks. While the old stripe came off in flakes, it did come off. If I can get these done I plan to do the waterline ones when I come out in a couple of weeks

    I ordered a wheel to help with the stripes forward and the ones near the waterline.
    Thank you all for the help
     
    Last edited: Feb 22, 2020
  15. sbw1

    sbw1 Well-Known Member

    Oct 10, 2006
    West Michigan
    This is listed in my signature
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    IMG_4230.JPG One of the best wax removers is Dawn liquid detergent. A liberal amount in a 5 gallon bucket and a good boat brush on a stick. Just wash the boat. No messy chemicals and the boat will be clean.
     
  16. dwna1a

    dwna1a Well-Known Member GOLD Sponsor

    Apr 23, 2012
    James River
    88 Weekender 300 "Seahorse"
    Twins 350
    I figure the wheel would take everything off but I will give her a good Dawn bath before the new tape goes on.

    I'm almost scared to use the wheel but it's due in on Monday. I had to say I was a professional to order the thing
     
  17. Lazy Daze

    Lazy Daze Well-Known Member TECHNICAL Contributor GOLD Sponsor

    Apr 21, 2009
    PA
    Various
    Various
    I'll pass this along... the first time I used one of those (it looked a little different, but same idea) was about 10 or 15 years ago. Not thinking, I was removing the striping going both to my left and my right when all of a sudden the thing flew apart like an explosion. I was going the wrong way with it and it unscrewed itself.
     

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