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Old July 13th, 2008, 12:36 AM   #1
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I started shining up on the boat and removing the cracked and faded stripes. It was very oxidized and the vinyl stripes are very cracked and faded. I didn't have a second set of hands to remove and of the hardware, so I haven't got in some of the tight areas yet. I am really happy how easy it is cleaning up. I still have a lot more work to do though. It is going to take some wet sanding to even it out where the vinyl was and I still have a few more stripes to remove.

I am still not totally sure if I am going to replace the stripe or not. It will be black if I do. Leaning toward paint this time rather than vinyl. What do you guys recommend?

BTW, I bought a high speed buffer and one of those cool rubber things you stick in a drill to remove the stickers. Both made life way easy.

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You can see how shiny it is where the vinyl was, but checked and cracked it is.
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Old July 13th, 2008, 01:15 AM   #2
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nice work... I might need to know more details how to revive an old boat here soon :)

replacement stripes from any vinyl dealers would be very easy
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Old July 13th, 2008, 09:08 AM   #3
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Thats not pink and Chalky!

This was pink and chalky.



Heavy oxidation remover is da bomb!!!111!!

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3m Gel coat buffing compound is your friend with a wool bonnet to buff turning around 1800-2100 rpm's as for the boat, given MI current economic state, I would stripe everything off that boat probably take you and a friend about 1/2 a day and a case of beer, go to a body shop give the guy $200-300 to prep it out and $400-500 to paint it and have the thing totally pimped out and be done with it
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best stuff all my checkmate buddies use is called aquabuff. it works awesome
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