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Mrs. Crappie Stalker
11-22-2013, 07:53 AM
What's the best way to remove decals from a boat with scratching the gelcoat or the windshield?

Ranger R61
11-22-2013, 08:02 AM
get a new boat

Rees Guide
11-22-2013, 08:22 AM
Heat gun, I got one you can borrow if you want. Makes it easy peasy. PM me your address and I will send it that way and you can just send it back when yall are done. I tried some other crap and everything else seemed to leave a residue but the heat gun gets it warm enuff it will just pull rite off.

11-22-2013, 08:30 AM
Yep, heat gun.

11-22-2013, 08:34 AM
try a blow dryer have a sun-in-law whose brother woked in a detail shop showed me heatup a corner lift it up heat and peel anything left should wash off with soap and water

11-22-2013, 08:52 AM
Yeah, what he said!! Hair dryer will work just fine. Heat gun can actually get too hot and mar a finish... (Ask me how I know that:Doh:) WD40 or any penetrating oil can remove the tacky glue that would not come off.

Rees Guide
11-22-2013, 09:30 AM
My heat gun has 2 settings, low is all I had to use and it left no residue to speak of. Little common sense goes a long ways as well..........:RoflMessing with ya Jay!!!!

11-22-2013, 09:33 AM

Cane Pole
11-22-2013, 11:14 AM
Heat gun and Goo Gone.

Mrs. Crappie Stalker
11-22-2013, 11:25 AM
Thanks guys. If all goes well, we'll be removing decals from our new to us boat.

11-22-2013, 01:04 PM
I have used a heat gun and it works well. But a local decal maker who is a friend got me on to something else and MAN does it work. Our stickers on our trucks are VERY hard to get off due to the fact they have been on SOO long, so even heat would only remove and piece, then the sticker would tear and you would have to start over. 3M makes a wheel that goes on a drill the looks and even smells like a big eraser. It works great!! All our local parts houses have them. There is a cheap one, doesn't last long but does a good job...its softer than the 3M so it doesn't last as long. The 3M one is the way to go for bigger decals or a bunch of them. Works great and didn't have to use anything to get the residue off. Might be worth a shot

3M Stripe Off Wheel 07498, 3/8" Mandrel, 4" Diameter x 5/8" Width, Beige (Pack of 1): Amazon.com: Industrial & Scientific (http://www.amazon.com/3M-Stripe-Wheel-Mandrel-Diameter/dp/B00063VT0G)


Cane Pole
11-22-2013, 01:41 PM

11-22-2013, 02:18 PM
heat gun and goo gone.


lowe rider
11-22-2013, 03:23 PM
Thanks guys. If all goes well, we'll be removing decals from our new to us boat.
It must have green carp stickers on it.:Rofl

Mrs. Crappie Stalker
11-22-2013, 03:25 PM
It must have green carp stickers on it.:Rofl

Walleye stuff . . . go figure!!

lowe rider
11-22-2013, 04:42 PM
Well, at least they taste good.

11-22-2013, 06:44 PM
good info on both the heat gun and wheel. Have seen both used and both work well. Heat gun first if it was me.

11-22-2013, 06:45 PM
Walleye stuff . . . go figure!!

I guess you found the Ranger that you have been looking for

11-22-2013, 07:06 PM
Also you can try lighter fluid. = Naptha
That will dissolve the glue and not damage gel coat or plexiglass.
I usually follow with a soft rag or paper towel with dish detergent to immediately break it down.

that's also the way to get price tags and labels off of anything

11-23-2013, 02:28 PM
The 3M eraser wheel is the way to go. Buy the better one and it will last for years. Used the one from the auto detail business I had years ago. Removes decals and even the 3M body tape used on OEM body side moldings. It will not burn or mar your gel coat.

eagle 1
11-23-2013, 06:58 PM
soak with wd -40 . works on tin . Not sure on glass . :dono

11-24-2013, 08:12 PM
3M make a product available from auto parts stores. It will also be useful on those pesky price stickers.

11-25-2013, 03:42 AM
HF sells a decal removal tool. Its basically a heated blade.

11-28-2013, 09:52 AM
If all these solutions fail, leave the stickers on. I will come and get it and take them off for you. Might take a few months.:)

Tommy Skarlis
11-28-2013, 10:00 AM
soak with wd -40 . works on tin . Not sure on glass . :dono

Beat me to it eagle 1 - another "home remedy" is to use peanut butter - especially on the leftover "goo" - depends on which smell you like the most (or dislike the least - I prefer wd-40)