New Rib Owner Question, Paint on tubes
I just picked up my first rib, a 1986 Hurricane Rescue Craft, model 400, 14 foot. From what I researched this was just prior to Zodiac buying out the Hurricane Rescue Craft company located in Canada. It is in good shape for the year, it was mostly indoor kept. It was used by A Fire Dept as a rescue vessel. It has the jockey console for two, color is orange and had no motor. It has a slight leak in the tubes, I was told, but so far after three days it has not leaked down much. I think the hotter weather in Florida is helping me with that issue.
Here are my questions:
What can I use to remove the large letters "RESCUE" painted on the side of the tubes. I don't want to use something that will damage or weaken the tubes.
Next, what can I use to paint the registration numbers on the side of the tubes. I don't think I want to hang a plate off each side to display the numbers. I figured that whatever type of paint was used to paint "RESCUE" on the sides has held up great over the years and would like to get an idea what type it might be.
thanks for any input