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Old 07-06-2008, 06:02   #1
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Dingy Markings

We just purchased a nearly new PVC West Marine inflatable from a friend. It has been used maybe twice and is near perfect.

We need to register it here in La. but the previous owner used a marks a lot to put the reg. numbers on the boat for the original reg.

Does anyone know if there are any solvents which may be safely tried on PVC to remove the black markings.without damaging the fabric.
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Try acetone. It is what you use to clean PVC before applying a patch so should work reasonably well.

Also consider a number plate that would cover the old. I have purchased from INFLATABLE BOAT & RIB REGISTRATION NUMBERS - Home and love the product. You by a coupon from West or Boat US and then redeem on line.

These plates glue on just like a patch. You can see some on my dinghy if you look in my picture gallery.

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Acetone can dissolve a lot of things. It may or may not damage the material that your dink is made of. Just be aware of this possibility and proceed with caution.
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This works great on fiberglass. I would give it a try.Davis | Marine Products
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Acetone does not work. It fades out a little but is still there. Have used FSR before but do not have any right now. Tried lacquer thinner and denatured alc. Thanks all, off to the FSR store.
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Is there a paint or a coating of some sort that you might be able to apply over it? Anyone know of any for inflatables?
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A patch.
But then it won't look new.
But that is the consenus for anit-theft I get from reading.
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I own a retail store in which we use those markers all the time, and sometimes the formica counters get marked. We remove it with a little elbow grease and Purell hand sanitizer. (imagine what it does to your skin!)
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Purell hand sanitizer is just (Ethyl & Isopropanol) alcohol.
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The stick on name plates I recommended above look very professional. Again, take a look at my photo gallery. My dink is yellow but they come in gray. In fact, I have a set of gray ones ready to put on a spare, small inflatable we have.

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