Aight guys, here goes... I tried to keep tabs on all the links to products I used and to the links of other threads with good info on each topic!!

I'll start with the removal of the factory decals!
All I used was a hair dryer and my fingernail. Boat was stored out side for 4 years and the side that never saw the sun came off no problem and left no discoloration. The other side saw the sunrise every morning and the decal was sun dried to the boat pretty good. I used everything I could find with no luck and I didn't want to wait on ordering a 3M Adhesive Eraser Wheel (which would've saved me 3 hours), but it all finally came off with persistence. Afterwards, gave her 2 Compound buffs and 1 good coat of wax!