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    Removing Dilapidated Stickers from Fiberglass

    How can we remove these dilapidated stickers from our inground pool without harming the fiberglass rim? It seems like what remains of the stickers is sun baked into the fiberglass. We've tried Goo Gone, 409, etc to no luck.



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    Re: Removing Dilapidated Stickers from Fiberglass

    magic clean eraser may work, but it also may dull the surface. Try a test patch first.
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    Re: Removing Dilapidated Stickers from Fiberglass

    Get new ones slightly larger and slap them on over the old ones!


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    Re: Removing Dilapidated Stickers from Fiberglass

    Quote Originally Posted by UnderWaterVanya
    Get new ones slightly larger and slap them on over the old ones!
    That was my first thought too.

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    Re: Removing Dilapidated Stickers from Fiberglass

    Typically I would not recommend a sticker over a sticker for fear the old one would come off. But in this case the sticker may be around after the pool turns to dust!


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    Re: Removing Dilapidated Stickers from Fiberglass

    Quote Originally Posted by UnderWaterVanya
    Get new ones slightly larger and slap them on over the old ones!
    We want to go stickerless. The company that did our last liner replacement put them on without asking. We were not happy about it.
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    Re: Removing Dilapidated Stickers from Fiberglass

    have you tried using a really sharp razor blade to gently scrap it off?
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    Re: Removing Dilapidated Stickers from Fiberglass

    Acetone/fingernail polish remover?

    Car polish? Maybe polishing compound/rubbing compound first, then polish/wax to shine it up.

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    Re: Removing Dilapidated Stickers from Fiberglass

    Use a hair dryer to warm the sticker and the sticky will start to loosen. Work from one corner to the far corner peeling it back and warming.
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    Quote Originally Posted by X-PertPool
    magic clean eraser may work, but it also may dull the surface. Try a test patch first.
    We bought a Magic Clean Eraser and tried it. It didn't do a thing for the stickers but it did clean up the surrounding fiberglass nicely.

    Quote Originally Posted by Karmann
    have you tried using a really sharp razor blade to gently scrap it off?
    We've been avoiding sharp and/or abrasive methods because we're afraid of damaging the fiberglass.

    Quote Originally Posted by CUTiger78
    Acetone/fingernail polish remover?
    Is acetone safe for fiberglass?

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    Car polish? Maybe polishing compound/rubbing compound first, then polish/wax to shine it up.
    Car polish sounds like a reasonably safe idea. I thought about trying buffing compound (aka "tripoli" aka "rouge") but I was worried about getting a bunch of it in the pool. Every time I use that stuff on my buffing wheel it gets everywhere. I'm covered with it and so is the shop.

    Quote Originally Posted by ROB N
    Use a hair dryer to warm the sticker and the sticky will start to loosen. Work from one corner to the far corner peeling it back and warming.
    Good advice for stickers that are still stickers. My "stickers" are rock hard. There's no stickiness left in the adhesive. It's as if the adhesive has hardened into an epoxy or something. I've tried to pull up small pieces on the corners with my fingernail but I'm not able to lift any part of the sticker from the fiberglass. The "stickers" are really hardened on there. I've never seen anything like it in my life.
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    Re: Removing Dilapidated Stickers from Fiberglass

    Quote Originally Posted by kristof
    Quote Originally Posted by CUTiger78
    Car polish? Maybe polishing compound/rubbing compound first, then polish/wax to shine it up.
    Car polish sounds like a reasonably safe idea. I thought about trying buffing compound (aka "tripoli" aka "rouge") but I was worried about getting a bunch of it in the pool. Every time I use that stuff on my buffing wheel it gets everywhere. I'm covered with it and so is the shop.

    Make a "clean room" type cover with plastic drop cloths and holes for your arms. Use some type of wire or maybe spring fiberglass tent pole to hold the bubble open.
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    Re: Removing Dilapidated Stickers from Fiberglass

    I don't think a little buffing compound in the pool will hurt anything. Careful with electricity around the water though!!
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    Re: Removing Dilapidated Stickers from Fiberglass

    Quote Originally Posted by Melt In The Sun
    I don't think a little buffing compound in the pool will hurt anything. Careful with electricity around the water though!!
    AMEN! This is where an 18v buffer would be helpful...
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    Re: Removing Dilapidated Stickers from Fiberglass

    ROB N has it right, however a hair dryer might not get hot enough. A heat gun and a razor blade (to start it lifting), followed up with "goof off" then polish. It will work.
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    Re: Removing Dilapidated Stickers from Fiberglass

    What about mineral spirts/paint thinner?
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    Re: Removing Dilapidated Stickers from Fiberglass

    I second the heat gun. I've never seen an adhesive, however old, that could not be heated to removal.
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    Re: Removing Dilapidated Stickers from Fiberglass

    I'll try the heat method next. I have a hot air station that I use for electronics. The temperature is adjustable from 100F up to about 800F. Does anyone know the maximum safe temperature for fiberglass?
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    Re: Removing Dilapidated Stickers from Fiberglass

    Good question...the glass itself would be fine, but I bet you can start burning the gelcoat somewhere in the 300 degree range, or even lower. Perhaps the manufacturer of your pool would know.
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    Re: Removing Dilapidated Stickers from Fiberglass

    I REALLY think a razor blade and some WD-40 to soften the adhesive would be less risk at damaging the surface than the heat gun would.

    I've used a razor blade on cherry wood furniture before to get up stickers without a single scratch, just go at it with the right angle and you're good to go.

    Maybe you can try something like this stuff below, it looks like it would do the job pretty well also.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jILw0WcZxMU
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    Re: Removing Dilapidated Stickers from Fiberglass

    BE VERY CAREFUL WITH ACETONE OR PAINT THINNER. The print on your liner is only ink, if you get that stuff on vinyl the print will come off as if it was printed with a dry erase marker. Acetone is what is used in special circumstances where the print is damaged on the vinyl and you use the acetone to transfer the print from once piece of the vinyl to the damaged area like a stamp.
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