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Painting tower logos

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I've searched and searched and can't find the post. I've even clicked through every page of the "What did you do to your boat today" thread from today back to when I joined the forum.

Sometone made a post a while back about painting the logos on the wake tower.
These:
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I believe they are aluminum. I'm just trying to find the original post so I can figure out what the best paint to use would be. And if I should remove them to paint them.
 

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checkout this GoogleFu:

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Leads here: https://jetboaters.net/threads/off-market.23958/

Unfortunately, the pics have been pulled down??

@Julian - you probably don't still have access to those? You mention in the thread that you assisted in cleaning up the pics in the original post.

@Yamahakid - Are you still around, to answer this question?
 

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Are you wanting to know how to do it? I think you could do that with plastidip and be able to make clean tears at the letters.

See the video below. Obviously those emblems are embossed outside and the Yamaha are embossed inside but the same concept applies and the sharp edges of the letters should allow for similar results. You could use an exacto knife if needed just to help around and edges but I think it would peel cleanly. Worst case you peel it off and try again. I think it would also look good if you painted those swoop cut in areas above and below the letters but that might be more than what you're going after.

 
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I was thinking a bottle of Yamaha red touch up paint. And my daughter said she could "freehand it, no problem" without me removing them. She does a lot of calligraphy so I think she probably could.
 

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Yea if you don't mind it being permanent go for it. Just thinking about resale if the next person would want that but totally up to you. I think it would look good with black "242" and a red "X" similar to how the hull graphic is. Either way it breaks up the big silver panel.
 

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I hadn't thought about doing black & red. I like that idea. Thanks.
 

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I think I recall the post being sought, the owner had the numbers and letters painted red and it looked great.
If it were me, I’d only spray paint it if it was removed from the boat. Hand painting it should be easy and you don’t have to worry about overspray. As for the type of paint, just get what’s appropriate for the material being painted.

I’m not convinced plastidip is the way to go. I’ve watched a few car videos on you tube and most long term reviews are negative because the plastidip seems to be a magnet for dirt / dust and once it’s damaged / scratched it can’t be simply touched up to look like new, it has to be removed completely before being reapplied. @haknslash made a good point about possible resale issues, but custom paint work could also make your boat more appealing, it really depends on what the buyer wants. Besides, I don’t know about you but I didn’t buy my boat with the concerns of the next owner in mind.
 

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There is clear sealer / for Plastidip. There is gloss matt satin. It will keep the dirt out.
 

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I'm debating on trying Plastidip. I just don't want to have to remove the panels. They are a pain to take off.
 

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Having used PlastiDip for a few things, @Ronnie brings up some good points, BUT, it's so easy to remove and respray, that I would not look at those concerns as a sticking point for something so small. For his head covers, that's a bit bigger and a PITA to remove, but for your purposes, that's a relatively small area to experiment on. The upside to it would be that you could, indeed, remove it if you didn't like it, and quite easily. You could use it as a test, and if you like it, remove it and paint it "permanently". Overspray is far less of an issue with PlastiDip, since it's far easier to remove and deal with than enamel overspray.

I'm with @Ronnie though, I didn't buy my boat with the next owner's concerns in mind. They can repaint it just as easily as you did, and meanwhile, you can enjoy the added touches you do to your boat to increase your enjoyment of the boat.
 
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