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Removing stripes and stickers from boats

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What is the issue?
Boat stripes and stickers tend to degrade and look bad in time. Although they can be removed and replaced it is not easy to get the originals off.

Why address this?
Stripes in poor condition look bad and need to be removed or replaced. Although the above approach is effective it runs the risk of overheating the gel coat and scratching it with the chisel.

How to address this?
The usual approach is to heat the stickers with a hairdryer as shown below. However, when dealing with a sensitive gel coat it is easy to burn it with a hairdryer.

However, a domestic wallpaper steam stripper has enough heat to address the sticker without damaging the gel coat, especially so if used outside where the heat can dissipate quickly and it is not held in one location for too long. The stickers lift and crack under the steam. Glue remover can be used afterwards to take away any residual glue.

With thanks to:
Michael Harpur, Yacht Obsession

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