Just in case anyone is interested: My Lagoon
450 came with an annoying 'scrape' on one of the bedroom windows. Essentially the 'transfer' that covers one bedroom window had at some time been scraped back maybe as long as your thumb. Nothing terrible, but I like my boat
to be pristine and so this has always bugged me. Anyway, from new my Lagoon
has also had vinyl wrapped hulls. Time has come to remove and replace these as the sun, salt
, sea and fenders etc. have taken a little toll and like I said, I like my boat
to be pristine.
I got a quote on replacing the vinyl wrap and at the same time getting the lower bedroom windows 'transfers' replaced too (and all the salon
windows tinted at the same time as it happens).
That brings me to the reason for this post.
If anyone else is ever in need of removing the window 'treatment' "dot transfer/sticker" on your Lagoon then here's some advice. Firstly do not believe anyone who says the windows are glass, they are not. A few people told me this but I had my doubts and had a specialist check and no they are not. That means if you use a blade or scraper be very careful. (We used what's called an American Blade which has rounded corners and will not scratch unless you go crazy.) Also, do not bother trying to use adhesive
removers to initially remove the 'transfer'. You will need one of these chemicals later but initially they will do nothing.
What you do need is a heat gun. We used an industrial hand held one set to around 470 degrees. The other thing that will help is a second pare of hands: one to use the gun the other to carefully lift
the edge with the aforementioned American Blade.
If you are so inclined, using this method you can in fact remove the entire "transfer' in one piece, but that is just showing off. (we did it for the last window just to see if we could...and you can). Once the transfer is off your window will still be covered in a fair amount of adhesive
. Some people will say use acetone but I cocked with a specialist and they said the safer bet is a special acrylic/plexiglass adhesive remover. We used a spray on version FORCH R581 (to my untrained nose it smelled like Mineral Turpentine). I can offer no warranties of the long term effect on the window but initially it seems fine and the 'specialist' promised no long term clouding or crazing. It does take several applications, a lot of rubbing and elbow
grease but we managed to end up with clear, glue free windows.
Next week, the new 'transfers' will be applied. (You can buy them from Lagoon but our guy here in Croatia
has the pattern/template and vinyl prints them himself)
Anyway hope that helps if anyone has the need.
P.S. Also for anyone interested the Gelcoat
under the vinyl wrap (which is coming up to five years old) looks absolutely brand new. And the quote for wrap and windows including application of same is 2700 euro.