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So I removed some stickers above the rub rail (annoying) and they were cheapy stickers which left alot of residue. I soaked them with goo be gone and then scrubbed them off with minimal effort. Fast forward to the next day after the glass cleaner had dried and my heart sinks when I see the massive mistake I have made... Any idea if polishing will fix this or do I need to go full bore wetsanding?

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23LSVOwner

A 3 stage compound may be able to take care of that.

Rough cut, medium cut and then fine cut.

Finish up with a good polish.

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Slurpee

I've fixed that level of swirls in the past with compounding and polishing. In general start with the least cut (liquid plus pad) you have on test spots, and increase it until you get good results.  Then go to town.  Gelcoat specific marine polishes more often than not start out as a compound and then break down as you work the material into finer polishes so it's pretty close to a one step polish.  A wool pad is pretty popular to use.

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WhiteWaterWeb

So question for everyone then - if I did want to remove stickers what is the best recommended way to do this?

Thanks in advance!

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saxton15

Let them sit in the sun for a while, get some goo gone and start peeling.  I've used 3M non scratching pads to get some stuff off mine and they didn't leave a scratch.  

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WhiteWaterWeb

Ok thanks...so goo gone just on top of the sticker?

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saxton15

Well you should start peeling them first.  If they are warm they should come off, then use the goo gone to take care of the glue.  Are you taking stickers off or an emblem?

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WhiteWaterWeb

Just considering taking some of the warning label stickers off, thanks!

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riot138

I just removed some stickers off a friends boat.  I used a hair dryer but it was slow going.  I borrowed a heat gun and it made the process a lot easier.  I used goo gone to get the remaining glue off.  As for the scratches I have a dual action polisher and used a heavy cutting compound and as @ibelonginprison mentioned the gel-coat was too tough for my DA to get rid of the scratches caused by the 1500 grit sand paper I used to clean a few areas.  Next time I might try working the area from 1500 to 2000 and finish with 3000.  I am thinking at that point the DA polisher should manage to work the rest out.

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oldjeep

I did that same thing to my old bayliner when I was removing some damaged decals.  I won't even use a blue scrubby on a boat any more.   On the bright side it'll buff out.

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oldjeep
31 minutes ago, WhiteWaterWeb said:

So question for everyone then - if I did want to remove stickers what is the best recommended way to do this?

Thanks in advance!

3M adhesive remover after you peel them off.  Works with a paper towel and no scrubbing

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TC_2006_VLX

Thanks everyone for input/wisdom I was in near tears last night...

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formulaben
50 minutes ago, WhiteWaterWeb said:

So question for everyone then - if I did want to remove stickers what is the best recommended way to do this?

Thanks in advance!

A plastic scraper you can find at Walmart for dishes works great, otherwise a credit card to get them started...light head gun action helps too.  As others have, finish up with goo gone or any other adhesive remover.  A little polish afterwards helps too.

20 minutes ago, riot138 said:

I just removed some stickers off a friends boat.  I used a hair dryer but it was slow going.  I borrowed a heat gun and it made the process a lot easier.  I used goo gone to get the remaining glue off.  As for the scratches I have a dual action polisher and used a heavy cutting compound and as @ibelonginprison mentioned the gel-coat was too tough for my DA to get rid of the scratches caused by the 1500 grit sand paper I used to clean a few areas.  Next time I might try working the area from 1500 to 2000 and finish with 3000.  I am thinking at that point the DA polisher should manage to work the rest out.

What type of pad were you using?  A wool pad prior to using foam helps when in the "cutting" realm of the process.

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riot138
21 minutes ago, formulaben said:

A plastic scraper you can find at Walmart for dishes works great, otherwise a credit card to get them started...light head gun action helps too.  As others have, finish up with goo gone or any other adhesive remover.  A little polish afterwards helps too.

What type of pad were you using?  A wool pad prior to using foam helps when in the "cutting" realm of the process.

I was using an orange pad Hex-Logic Medium-Heavy Cutting pad.  Thanks for the tip I will have to buy a wool pad.

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ibelonginprison

Wool pad, heavy compound, then foam pad with a lighter polish - and that should come right out.
(and be shinier than the rest of the boat, so you might as well plan a full detail!) :D

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