There is always that feeling when re-doing a boat name. Will the boat forgive me that I changed its name? Maybe spiritually the boat likes its name. It has gone this far with no problems. Then there is that fear that it is bad luck to change a name.
Well I have a few ways to get around these little traditional problems!
- Put the old name underneath the boat. Keep the name but don’t tell anyone! Have the old name reprinted in a smaller font and placed under the boats bow.
- Have your boat baptized as a re-born vessel. The boat will feel like it has a new start in life. Don’t forget to completely sage your boat. To learn more about using sage contact a Celestial Circle Metaphysical Store.
- Doing a renaming ceremony might be for you if your really religious. Inviting your friends and family to participate in a spiritual ceremony with a priest and a nun might be what you need to get through these changing times. Your family may think you just found a premature reason to drink before getting the boat in the water. But also calling so many people to your boat and pointing out the issue with your new boat seems to be just as unlucky to already have such a problem.
Removing Boat Name Krissy
What happens when you are removing a name that has been on a boat for 8 to ten years is that it preserves what is behind the lettering. The graphics stop the UV lighting and weathering effects. It preserves that new boat shine and stops the aging process in its tracks.
I slowly removed the name with Windex, a painter’s scraper razor and a heat gun. This process needs to be done with caution! When using a heat gun you risk burning and cracking the gel coat. Just adding a little bit of heat at a time right before the vinyl begins to melt.
After removing as much of the vinyl as you can use a moderate amount of Windex. Then use the razor blade scrapper on a 40 degree angle or less to prevent digging into the gel coat.
Next use liberal amounts of acetone on a rag to remove the adhesive. Keep turning the rag over to a new area to prevent rubbing the glue back on to the boat. Here is where you are going to use the most elbow grease. It may be necessary for you to continue using the paint scrapper to remove the entire amount of adhesive. You don’t want to use a buffer until you remove it all! When complete it is possible that you will see the ghost of the name still. This is where you may want to use water and a very fine grit sand paper. Only rubbing the areas where the graphics were.
It may also be necessary to apply several coats of a compound wax cleaner to remove all of the ghosting. Sometimes you will still be left with the ghosting when you look at it in a certain angle. It really depends how long the name was there. With this project it was estimated that the name was on the boat when it was purchased new in 2003. That makes the name 13 yrs old. That is a long time especially in warmer climates areas.
After many proofs and making sure what the customer was looking for I immediately went to print. Pair O’ Docs is a two color, black lettering with a gold metallic. Both colors were printed separate and then placed on the boat together.
After the name was installed additional coats of wax were applied.