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    Hello everyone, I recently picked up a couple of free old bouys for shimping. They still have all the previous owners markings all over them. I was wondering if there was an easy way with houshold items to clean them all off. thanks for any input on this matter.

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    I'd love to know too. I've tried everything from Acetone to Gas. Nothing works. I just sanded mine the other day to remove some of it. Then used a paint pen to remark with my new boat info. Good Luck.
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    I used some carb clean with some success, didn't get it all, but good enough. Another trick that works is to trace the letters/numbers with a dry erase marker, let it soak for a minute, then wipe it, again, it wont get it all, but it will get a lot of it.
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    You could try MEK or just paint over the old number.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MacGyver View Post
    You could try MEK or just paint over the old number.
    Just went out and tried MEK and paint stripper, so you can scratch those two, either worked. The MEK did at least lighten it some. We used MEK to strip all kinds of stuff in the military and I thought for sure it would work.
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    I dont know what kind of marker it is on your bouy, but at work I use sharpies alot. The best thing to remove sharpie ink is sharpie ink. Just color the old ink with the new, immediatly wipe off. It works good on smooth surfaces like plastic, glass.

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    I've been trying to figure out the same thing. The best I have been able to do is get the real dark top surface off a bit to produce a slightly lighter shade than the new marker going on. What I do know works decently is sun light and weather. I have two right now that are still pretty marked up so I am going to leave them out in the weather for a year and see what happens.
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    Has any body tried bleach?

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    No on bleach, and no on sharpie to sharpie contact.....maybe if you soak it in bleach solution, but i dont know about that one. looked it up online and i got all kinds of home remedies (which arent working). Maybe some lite sand papering, but after that i am going to black it out with another big marker, then mark all my info with a silver sharpie......it is going to work fine, as long as i leave alot of orange for visibility.....

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    try oven cleaner, i've have some luck with acetone but the real buoy paint is some tuff stuff. Think i'll put some in a ballon and tie it down my buoyline at bit, that way when the theives are in a hurry and it comes over the block and busts the side of the cabin will have buoy paint all over it, just look for the boat with the big almost black stain on the cabin and maybe the guys!!!

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    Berrymans B-12 carb cleaner in a spray can cleaned off some buoy paint on some beachcombed commercial buoys I had found.
    Nothing else worked including paint stripper etc.
    It did take several rags to sop up all the buoy paint after I sprayed on the B-12.
    And the fumes aren't good so do it outdoors.
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    Brake cleaner (mostly acetone) works well for sharpie, after that, MEK is pretty tough stuff. As a last resort, you could try paint stripper or aircraft remover, or anything with dichloromethane in it. Be careful, because you might not have anything left after you are done. If nothing works, just black it out and paint over with a new color. I think lowes has plastic spray paint that might work pretty well.

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    Try PVC pipe cleaner, the stuff you use before the glue. Not sure what your bouys are marked with but that stuff removes Sharpie like nothing else.

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    Aceton, buy it at Lowe's or Home Depot in the paint dept. Just pour a liberal amount on a rag and go for it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by logman 49 View Post
    Try PVC pipe cleaner, the stuff you use before the glue. Not sure what your bouys are marked with but that stuff removes Sharpie like nothing else.
    Tried it, NO LUCK. I did soften the rubber, but did not remove the writing.
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    you guys are going to melt the poor little bouies. slap some duct tape on it and write on that. You have to change it once a year but it works.

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    Did you try the oven cleaner ???

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    I think you're going to have to use something abrasive. I'd suggest a 3m pad on an angle grinder, not as agressive as sand paper but it's pretty good stuff for removing markings.



    I'd be concerned that any solvent powerful enough to lift the marker is going to damage the buoy. It also seems that buouy's get a slight layer of oxidized rubber that is somewhat porous and the marker ends up getting into that layer, almost like a tatoo.
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    I've been doing duct tape for years,works good

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    I tried hitting mine with some sandpaper about a month ago. It didn't get it off. I only tried it on a small spot and when I used new marker over it the marker bled really bad so I wouldn't recommend going that route.
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