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noteven

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Posted: 09/10/21 09:49am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

noteven wrote:

mountainkowboy wrote:

Anyone removed the old cracking decals? What gets them off the best?


I am.

I am using a product called VinylOff made by Crystal Tek.

If the decals are not cracked, use normal lift a corner and get as much off by peeling them back on themselves as possible. Then use the product to remove the adhesive. If you apply the product to an old but sound decal it seems to weaken it so it does not peel nice but not enough to scrape nice if that makes sense.

If the decals are cracked, apply the product as per the instructions to the decal. I am using a rag to daub it on and steel razor blades in a scraper to remove the decal material.

I cleaned the area after removal with a rag and alcohol.

I plan to polish the gel coat once I am done removing the decals.


I forgot to mention I will also use the 3M eraser wheel. It is especially handy for small stripes and lettering vs lifting a corner and peeling.

The 3M wheel was going to take many many hours to remove the severly cracked red stripes on my current project. The remover product is working much faster.

Lots of different tools are sometimes needed.

ReneeG

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Posted: 09/10/21 10:25am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

fyrflie wrote:

When I did mine I used a combination of heat gun, plastic razor blades, goo gone and a rubber eraser wheel.
The eraser wheel worked the best and left the least amount of residue behind to deal with.

Remember, you may have some ghosting of the decals left after removal and may not be able to polish that out.

I chose to use the ghost images left as templates and painted the graphics back on using automotive paint.

It is simply a tedious job.

Good luck.


You're correct about the ghosting. We had our decals professional replaced and there are a couple of areas where you can see the ghosting and they had to take the entire finish down and rewax and buff the entire unit. That was the costliest part of the service.


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