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Old 07-26-2010   #1
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Old boat paint removal

Anyone have any good tips on removing the painted on logos of old commercial boats?? Friend of mine just got one and dosent feel like having it on there.

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Old 07-27-2010   #2
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I recently got the logos on mine painted over. I did it at Inflatable Technologies: Inflatable Raft Repair Specialists - Boat Repair

It was about $100, looks great. It is a relief not to have people asking me if I'm commercial at every single put-in.

The other option they offered was to remove the logos. They use oven cleaner. They are pros and they've done it plenty of times so I'm sure they'd do a good job with removal but I chose to have them paint over it.

The way I figure it, a perfect removal would still show the shadow of the logo (because of UV fading of the raft) so I'd rather just add a rectangle of rubber paint over the logo. The color doesn't match perfectly but it almost looks like some kind of original design feature, like an extra layer of skid protection on the sides of the tubes or something.

I'm sure you could do it cheaper yourself but I'm at the point that I would rather pay someone $100 than spend an entire day cussing in my garage.

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Oven cleaner... far out I would have never thought of that. Yeah we were thinking that the logo would still show cause of the fading, so maybe painting a block over the logo is the way to go.

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Old 07-27-2010   #4
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I've been wanting to get rid of the logos on my raft as well. I tried scrubbing them off with inflatable boat cleaner and it definitely faded the logos but they are still easily visible. My next solution was to paint over them. I ordered a quart of paint from river connection but haven't gotten around to painting it yet. The paint was only $35 so I guess it's cheaper than paying someone else to do it. Just another option to consider.
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Soooo anyone know how long the do-it-yourself paint will last??? I know lots of variables here, but what are we talking a couple of years and then repaint?? Is this the same paint the commercials use to put their logos on??
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