Guests - If You want access to member only forums on FM. You will gain access only when you Sign-in or Sign-Up on Fishing Minnesota.

It's easy - LOOK UPPER right menu.

Sign in to follow this  
Followers 0
Jeff S

Removing old license decals

11 posts in this topic

How do I remove my old license decals from the boat without harming the paint?

Thanks for the help.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

A hair dryer will sometimes loosen up the adhesive enough to peel them off more easily?

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Just put the new one over the old one!No Hassle.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

I have to remove the license as well as the numbers, they have to come off. Will the heat from a hairdryer harm the paint? What would I use to remove any remaining adhesive residue left from the decals?

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Quote:

I have to remove the license as well as the numbers, they have to come off. Will the heat from a hairdryer harm the paint? What would I use to remove any remaining adhesive residue left from the decals?


I seriously doubt heat from a hair dryer would harm the paint. You may need a bit more "oomph" than that, say from a heat gun, and that CAN damage the paint if you are not careful.

For removing the old adhesive, try using charcoal starter fluid, or some of that citrus-based solvent. If you need to get more agressive, then move on to stuff like brake cleaner, carb cleaner, toluene, etc.

Always test the cleaner in an inconspicuous place first.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

It it's a metal boat then you can use a heat gun and keep it moving so you don't get too much heat. A hot hair dryer works good. You won't hurt the paint. Get the decal started using a plastic putty knife. The metal ones will scratch the paint. Once the decal is started use you fingers to pull the decal off - that alone will keep you from over heating anything. I use lacquer thinner to remove the remaining adhesive. The lacquer thinner won't leave any oil on the paint and you can put the new decal on without washing and drying it to remove oil left by other adhesive removers.

If it's a fiberglass boat DON'T use a heat gun unless you are comfortable with not over heating. Fiberglass will delaminamte and bubble if you get too much heat on it. Adhesive removal on fiberglass is the same as for metal - lacquer thinner or something like it.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

A heat gun will work better but don't get too carried away, let the plastic soften up and peel it off. Hair drier will work also, it will take more time but it's safer.

I just removed a complete business lettering from a truck yesterday using pressure washer, works slick but paint on a vehicle is different than aluminum boat

If it's fiberglass then don't worry, pressure wash it.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Besides adhesive remover one of the better products I have used is bug and tar remover, pretty much the same product and very safe for paint. Just soak a rag and run it over the adhesive, let it sit for a couple minutes and hit it again if needed, comes right off.

If you use a hair dryer or heat gun, dont get things too hot or you will take the decals off in small chunks, just try to warm the decal a bit, it doesn't take much heat.

Mike

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Use the hair dryer to soften the adhesive which allows you to get the stickers off with a finger nail. Remove the remaining adhesive with a rag and some WD-40. Then just wash off the oil. This will not harm the paint and it will work.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

[Please read forum policy before posting again, Thank You]

You may want to check out "Goo gone". I have had good luck with it in the past, removing stickers and gummy residue. They have products that will not hurt your paint.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Be careful with citrus based cleaners on aluminum boats. Took the stickers off with a hairdryer, then used citrus cleaner. The product dulled the darker paint on the boat. However, it did nothing to the white paint. It has worked fine on fiberglass for me.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
Guest
This topic is now closed to further replies.
Sign in to follow this  
Followers 0



  • Posts

    • Rick
      The Department of Natural Resources designated the state’s third groundwater management area this week. The Straight River Groundwater Management Area in northwestern Minnesota includes parts of southern Clearwater, northeast Becker, southwest Hubbard and northwest Wadena counties. Cities within the boundary include Park Rapids, Osage and Ponsford.  In addition to the designation, the DNR approved a management plan for it. The plan lays out five objectives with specific actions the DNR will take to ensure that use of groundwater remains sustainable within the area. The plan was developed over several years with the help of an internal DNR project team, an advisory team of external stakeholders, and additional public review and discussion. “With more than 10,000 lakes, thousands of miles of rivers and streams, and many thousands of acres of wetlands, it might be natural to think that our water is essentially unlimited,” said DNR Commissioner Tom Landwehr. “But in some parts of the state, the unseen, underground aquifers that make up our groundwater resources are under pressure to meet growing needs for domestic water supplies, irrigation, industrial and other uses. These groundwater resources also are interconnected with lakes, streams and wetlands that we value for commerce, recreation, and water supplies. Those surface waters also provide the habitat needed by many animals and plants. If we are not careful in how we use water, both economic development and ecosystems could be put at risk.” The plan provides a framework within which the DNR will work with major water users, including municipalities and agricultural irrigators, to use groundwater sustainably. This cooperative effort will promote conservation, protect surface waters and water quality, improve the groundwater appropriations permitting process, and help resolve any conflicts that might arise among users. This is one of three groundwater management areas being established around Minnesota. The other two are in the north and east metropolitan area and in the Bonanza Valley near Paynesville in west-central Minnesota. More information, including plans and maps for the Straight River Groundwater Management Area, can be found at on the management area webpage. Discuss below - to view set the hook here.
    • leech~~
        Yes and going to the game on Sat.  Good thing I didn't buy the tickets!  Lol  
    • AlwaysFishing23
      I've never herd of any tullibee being caught from open water. Doesn't mean it's not possible but I'm not going to say you can go out and slay em. Hopefully others chime in and answer you question with certainty. 
    • AlwaysFishing23
      I would say it's fine. M-MH are very good for many things just need to be careful when throwing things heavy if it's close to the max lure weight. That's when bad things happen. Didn't really answer your question but hope that helps.
    • HunterFisher11
      Ok wanted to try fishing Tulibee icefishing but just have run out of time, my question is it possible to fish them in the summer? And the best way to do it? Thanks!!!!