Originally Posted by ZacOps
Office888 and Bigtalljv,
Yes, she is hypalon.
Thanks, this is why I love this forum.
I will attack it tonight when the temperature cools off and we'll see how I go.
I am assuming that I should also get a really good respirator/mask if I find some MEK? Is it really worth the trouble? Will it almost instantly dissolve glue and not hurt the hypalon?
Have you ever seen CF numbers curl up like that and crack? Starboard side shows some ware but I am leaving that for another season.
Sanding is the best way to remove old chloroprene glue. Methylene chloride works great for scrubbing off any old glue, but I think it is also difficult to find in California. I know it is restricted in Europe.
I still prefer sanding for hypalon/csm/neoprene surfaces...they need to be sanded anyways, and I'd prefer to deal with elastomer/glue dust over chemical fumes.
Your number plates are made by boatnumberplates.com...they carry a 10 year warranty. Maybe contact the company and see if you can get some replacements? They're made of PVC. For hypalon/csm/neoprene boats, they sew a backing pad of black neoprene on so it bonds to the boat easily.
If your number plate is grey with no backing pad, then it was straight PVC...not ideal for a hypalon boat, unless cross-glued properly.