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Old 12-21-2007   #1
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Help removing outfitter paint

i was just wondering if anyone has a good way to remove the paint of the outfitters initials from a hypalon raft. i just picked up an nrs 13ft otter from an outfitter and it has some really ugly painted letters on it that i need to remove. any ideas welcome
thanks cory

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Old 12-21-2007   #2
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I don't know for sure,but a general rule of thumb is to start with the mildest solvent and work your way up to the hard stuff,it depends what the paint is.Start with warm soapy water and elbow grease then try denatured alcohol[available at paint stores],then mineral spirits/paint thinner,lacquer thinner,tolulene.They use tolulene to clean and condition boats before patching so its available at rafting stores,but probably cheaper at home despot.Strong solvents could damage the boat.I would call AAA or INFLATABLE TECHNOLOGIES [both in Denver] or store in your area and ask first,Worst case scenario paint your own logo over it.

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Old 12-22-2007   #3
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We go with the "just paint over it" approach. I know that isn't very helpful, though. Sorry....
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Old 12-22-2007   #4
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Toluene dosen't remove it with any speed, if at all, assuming that they used hypalon paint. I have the same thing and tried using Toulene and it seemed that nothing was happening. I bet if I used an aggressive sanding disc on a drill I could get if off, but I might also damage the base hypalon.

If someone else has a good way to do this I would love to hear it. Otherwise I think Count is right about just painting over it.
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Old 12-23-2007   #6
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i havnt tried anything yet. but i agree that i dont want to use a sanding disk or anything that could damage the boat. anyone know where to get the paint for the hypalon pretty cheap?
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Mine peeled off after a while. Google "gaco" hypolon paint.
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Old 12-26-2007   #8
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removing the paint

The paint on your boat is most likely geiko flex (spelling?) basically hypolon paint. An easy was to revove it is to use a heat gun. Apply heat to the paint until it dreies up and cracks. You can then try an peel off as much as you can. Use the heat gun in conjunction with toluleene to get the rest off. Be careful with the heat gun, dont damage the materieal around the paint. Make sure you use the proper safety equipment with the toluleene. Nitrile gloves are the best readily available.
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Old 12-28-2007   #9
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I agree with the Count. When I picked up my boat from an outfitter this spring they just Gacoed and its very hard to tell.

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