How do I remove lettering from rear transom

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  1. Ralph vaughn

    Ralph vaughn Member

    Nov 14, 2018
    Atlanta Ga
    2008 Sea Ray 290
    Raymarine Radar and GPs
    5.0 Sea Core engines and Sea Core Bravo III outdrives
    Just purchased my boat and it has faded blue lettering all across the transom. What is the best way to remove the old boat name and port of origin. Is this a project s newby can tackle?

  2. RBB

    RBB Active Member

    Dec 18, 2019
    2004 390 MY
    2019 Sea Doo GTX 155
    Just done mine with a heat gun . Heat it a little and peel. I used a razor blade to get it started. Then goo b gone to get the sticky stuff off.
    If that fails there is a eraser wheel you put on a drill that will take it off.
    Trial and error will tell you which way to go. Don’t rush it just takes a little patience.
  3. Lazy Daze

    Lazy Daze Well-Known Member TECHNICAL Contributor GOLD Sponsor

    Apr 21, 2009
  4. Captn TJ

    Captn TJ Active Member

    Sep 19, 2017
    Catawba Island, Oh
    2005 280DA
    Raymarine E80
    5.0 with Bravo 3
  5. b_arrington

    b_arrington Well-Known Member GOLD Sponsor

    Feb 21, 2007
    Setauket, NY
    2018 Back Cove 34
    Cummins QSB 6.7 480
    I'd start with one of the drill-mounted vinyl stripe eraser tools. A name applied when the boat was new will be pretty brittle and heat will be less effective. A razor has a high likelihood of gouging the surface.
  6. Stee6043

    Stee6043 Well-Known Member

    Jun 1, 2015
    West Michigan
    1997 Sundancer 400
    7.4L Gassers
    I'll add - 1.) patience, 2.) a good drink, 3.) patience

    I used the plastic razor blades to get mine off. Worked great, zero damage, one thousand individual pieces :)
  7. The Bill Collector

    The Bill Collector Well-Known Member GOLD Sponsor

    Jun 2, 2008
    Tacoma, WA
    1998 450 Sundancer, Achilles dinghy
    3126 Cat's
    Once you get it removed you might have to do some very light sanding of the gel coat. I had some ghosting when I removed the PO name from the boat...
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  8. flyboycj84

    flyboycj84 Member

    Feb 20, 2014
    Merritt Island FL
    2008 Meridian 391
    QSB 5.9
    Eraser wheel. Done. Skip the rest.
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  9. Korkie

    Korkie Active Member GOLD Sponsor

    Feb 2, 2016
    Leonardtown, MD Potomac River / Chesapeake Bay
    340 Sundancer 2006, Garmin 7612, xHD Radome
    Merc 496 Mags
    Bravo III Drives
    And be real careful with the heat gun. If you haven't used one before on fiberglass, it can scorch very quickly.
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  10. sbw1

    sbw1 Well-Known Member

    Oct 10, 2006
    West Michigan
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    IMG_4230.JPG You will need to use a sanding block and sand paper to get rid of the old name. That will be quite pronounced with a blue hull once the old vinyl letters are removed using the techniques described above. Acetone on a clean shop rag is a a cheap way to remove the residual glue. Once the fade is gone, use a rotary buffer and wool bonnet with rubbing compounds and finish with a fine polishing material to bring back the mirror like shean. Apply a good wax to protect your work.
  11. tc410

    tc410 Active Member PLATINUM Sponsor

    Oct 9, 2006
    Charlevoix, MI/Jupiter, FL
    2005 550DB
    MAN CRM-900
    Seems like lots of reading into the OP’s initial question here?

    1. We don’t know if it is vinyl lettering or painted on lettering, he just says it blue and faded.

    2. Obviously there are very different removal procedures if it’s painted lettering vs. vinyl/decals.

    3. OP never said he had a blue hull, he said he had faded blue lettering.
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  12. Maggieiscrazy

    Maggieiscrazy Active Member

    Oct 14, 2016
    Northern Wisconsin
    240 Sundancer
    5.0. Bravo III
    I’ve always had good luck removing vinyl lettering with a heat gun.
  13. GnrlPatton

    GnrlPatton Active Member

    Jul 12, 2010
    Maple Valley, WA
    Current: 1998 370 Express Cruiser
    Sold:1988 230 Weekender
    Twin Cat 3116T
    My advice, start with the simple things. I was doing the same after I bought my boat, preparing for the name change. I bought a heat gun, eraser wheel, plastic razors, everything. I ended up being able to just peel most of it off by hand, after starting a corner of it with the plastic razor. Mine was fairly well adhered vinyl, but once started, it came off pretty easily as long as I peeled it perpendicular to the hull and didn't tear the vinyl. I was able to then use the razor to scrape off the little bits that remained.

    I did have some ghosting from the old letters, that came off well enough with a round of Buff Magic.
  14. lawndoctor

    lawndoctor Active Member GOLD Sponsor

    Jun 5, 2008
    Chesapeake Bay & Philadelphia
    2009 330 Sundancer & 2002 225 Weekender
    8.1L V-Drives & Bravo III 5.0L
    To remove transom lettering or boot stripe I have always used a heat gun and a sharp plastic scraper. Apply minimal heat, just enough to soften up a section of the lettering, get under an edge with the plastic scraper, and peel slowly. You can sometimes pull large sections of it off at a time if you do it just right. Compound or minimal sanding with 1000-2000 paper helps with the ghosting.
  15. dwna1a

    dwna1a Well-Known Member GOLD Sponsor

    Apr 23, 2012
    James River
    88 Weekender 300 "Seahorse"
    Twins 350
    The 3M wheel... You will never fight the mess ever again
  16. Leardriver

    Leardriver Active Member

    May 24, 2016
    Denver, CO
    2004 270 Sundeck 8.1 Bravo III
    5.0, 5.7, 6.2 8.1 Bravo III over the years
    Even a blow dryer can be a big help. Some 800 grit and paper on a Da sander, and then rubbing compound on a rotary buffer. It's dirty, low tech work. I need to get a better 3M rubber eraser wheel, mine keeps spinning off of the mount.
  17. Lazy Daze

    Lazy Daze Well-Known Member TECHNICAL Contributor GOLD Sponsor

    Apr 21, 2009
    Only work the tool when going in one direction. In one direction the tool will constantly tighten itself, in the other it will loosen itself. I found that out the hard way a long time ago!
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