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Old 06-28-2015   #1
 
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Cleaning/getting rid of old logos

Hi everyone, I recently purchased an Aire Tributary (PVC) as a paddle boat.. there are some old glue spots and logos on the perimeter. What is the best way to safely clean these materials off? Are there other compounds to use besides toluene? I can't seem to find that anywhere.. or are there cleaning agents out there with this as the active ingredient? Any info would be awesome! Thanks.

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Toluene is for Hypalon, not PVC.

Alcohol wipes might work on the glue, probably not the logo.
If that doesn't work you could try MEK, sparingly. Just know that the more MEK you use the more boat material you are taking off.

Is the glue residual from an old patch/handle/etc? If so mechanical removal may be the only way to get it off, and that is harder on the boat than cleaning it with MEK.

Don't forget gloves and respiratory protection. That stuff is nasty.
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Thanks for the info!!
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If the glue and the logos were put on properly its not coming off without weakening the material. Alcohol is not going to cut it unless the bond was weak but its worth a try since it'll be easy on the PVC. Toluene or MEK will likely work but you're gong to lose some PVC in the process at best and potentially trash the fabric. The best option may be to patch over it with material or urethane.
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Thanks! Somebody else was telling me maybe a diluted mix of MEK and soapy water may loosen it enough to be scraped off? But I'd lose some material in the process. How damaging is the chemical to the material?
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I'll say this, I wouldn't take MEK to my boat or any boat in the shop unless it was to prep an area for glue. I dont use MEK to clean anything off of boats in the shop. One small wipe takes off PVC, scrubbing with it will quickly get you to the scrim. Scraping in the softened state that MEK will produce could easily lead to delaminating the material. Be gentle if you give it a go. Good luck.
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Instead of damaging your boat.......I'd take it to Zach and let a pro do it.
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