How do I remove the OLD vinyl boat name?
In order to remove the existing vinyl name and hailing port without damaging the gel coat you'll need a hand-held hair dryer and a plastic ice scraper.
The heat from the dryer softens the vinyl but if too much heat is applied, the vinyl will melt and leave a scorch mark on the gel coat.
After the name has been removed, the area will have to be polished in order to even out the color of the gel coat.
To remove the old adhesive from the boat use "Goo Remover" or any adhesive remover which can be purchased at Wallmart, K-Mart or Target. Use this BEFORE the rubbing compound. It there is a discoloration from the old name, rub out with rubbing compound and DO NOT WAX area prior to name installation. You may wax over the name after it has been installed about a week.
If there is a wax barrier between the adhesive on the vinyl and the gelcoat, it does not allow the adhesive to bite into the surface and make a permanent bond. Customers who say the name does not stick have not removed all the wax properly!!
How do I apply the new vinyl name?
Applying your vinyl graphics is simple if you follow some basic guidelines.
Wait for a nice day, unless you are a fearless pro. The worst weather is windy weather. Rain is OK, but not while you're applying. Tarp it off if you have to. Vinyl should never be applied in temperatures less than 40 degrees Fahrenheit or 4 degrees Celsius. Also the lettering surface should be free of dirt and wax for best results.