any tips on removing jet-ski graphics?

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  1. tommyortom

    tommyortom New Member

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    in a few weeks, i want to begin removing all of the stickers from my 1984 Kawasaki 550.

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    anything i can do to ease the process of removing the blue and silver graphics? they are the stock ones, and i just think they are ugly. so if there is anything besides heating them up, a razor blade, and go-gone that will make this easier, let me know.
     
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    Scottwax Making detailing great again! Moderator

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    Heat em' up, get some dental floss behind them and see if that works. Dental floss won't scratch the finish.

    Be prepared to polish out the gelcoat because it is a good bet the paint underneath the decals will different.
     
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    tommyortom New Member

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    haha yea...the gelcoat is 21 years old so there has to be some difference underneath those graphics. would i be fine using some rubbing compound first, then waxing it to try to blend everything together? im afraids its gonna be very obvious, but for a few feet back you wont be able to tell.
     
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    you're pretty much guaranteed to have much darker red paint where those stickers were, and i dont think any attempts at blending will work.
     
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    well there used to be some factory stickers on the back over the red paint that said JS550 and were kinda big, and i took those off and the paint looks fine.
     
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    Heat gun, tar remover. :hsd:
     
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    heatgun, 3m adhesive remover.
     
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    Scottwax Making detailing great again! Moderator

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    BTW, you need to use gel coat specific products on that jet ski. Automotive polishes won't cut it. I know some Autozone's sell the Meguiars gel coat 3 step system for around $30. Worth checking out.
     
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    arite....ive used some mcguirers car wax on it though, and it did make quite a differnce. i did this right after i picked it up and waxed it all. but ill look into gel coat product though if i the paint under the graphics is faded and i cant blend it out......even though it shouldnt be sine the other parts i did were fine.
     

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