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Old 03-20-2013, 10:27 PM   #1
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After decals are removed

I removed the stickers off my class A and of course the area under the decals are whiter then the rest of th RV. Is there anything I can do to help blend these areas or is it pretty much is what it is?
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I removed the stickers off my class A and of course the area under the decals are whiter then the rest of th RV. Is there anything I can do to help blend these areas or is it pretty much is what it is?
Just starting this process too and understand that "some" of the discoloration is oxidized surface of the exposed surface. A light buffing is supposed to help.

I know...that' a lot of buffing. But, apart from paint, that's about all we can do. It is still is better than peeling decals, right?

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Removing the decals yourself saved you about $800.
I just had the decals removed from my RV and all the shadows of where they were are visiable. The only way to cover them is to reapply identical decals or larger OR have paint put in their place.

If you polish and use rubbing compound on the shadows, the shadows will have to be sanded and treated because paint will most likely pop (not stick well) after applied. Think of the shadows as a tattoo and to hide it, the only option is to cover it.

I am having the shadows covered with various color of paint with shadowing and pinstriping (about 1/4 done) currently. A full paint of an entire coach begins at $30k. A partial paint (covering shadows) can cost quarter that depending upon the quality of the painter.

How you proceed is a personal choice.
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How did you all remove the decals??
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How did you all remove the decals??
Here's a few past threads on the subject.
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How did you all remove the decals??
Eraser wheel works like a charm. 3m makes one but I borrowed a air tool that is just like the 3m eraser wheel but is specifically designed for removing stickers. It works really really good and fast compared to a razor and heat gun method
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I want to try the "red max pro" method... So would I buff it first then wipe the red max pro.
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I want to try the "red max pro" method... So would I buff it first then wipe the red max pro.
Before you apply Red Max Pro or Zep floor polish the surface must be cleaned with Bar Keepers Friend. This prep procedure removes any UV Chalking, waxes etc. Any areas that have evidence of decal adhesive residue should be cleaned with Goo Be Gone and then cleaned with the BKF. Finally all surfaces should be washed with Dawn Dish Detergent
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Before you apply Red Max Pro or Zep floor polish the surface must be cleaned with Bar Keepers Friend. This prep procedure removes any UV Chalking, waxes etc. Any areas that have evidence of decal adhesive residue should be cleaned with Goo Be Gone and then cleaned with the BKF. Finally all surfaces should be washed with Dawn Dish Detergent
So is that the best thing I can do to clean it, Remove the adhesive, BKF, then Red Max Pro.

I just want to make sure its looking as best as possible before I put the clear coat (Red Max Pro) on it
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So is that the best thing I can do to clean it, Remove the adhesive, BKF, then Red Max Pro.

I just want to make sure its looking as best as possible before I put the clear coat (Red Max Pro) on it
About 18 months ago, I hit the round Holiday Rambler decal on the front of the motorhome with the pressure washer, and it very quickly started removing the decal for me, and tore it. I carefully peeled the remainder off, leaving a nice shiny spot. I gave the shiny spot a little extra scrubbing with the bar keepers friend when prepping to put the red max pro on the front cap. After a few coats of the red max pro, the area where the decal was removed became very hard to find unless the light hits it a just the right angle.

I think if you dull the shiny finish with bar keeper's friend before applying the red max pro you'll be pleased with the results.

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About 18 months ago, I hit the round Holiday Rambler decal on the front of the motorhome with the pressure washer, and it very quickly started removing the decal for me, and tore it. I carefully peeled the remainder off, leaving a nice shiny spot. I gave the shiny spot a little extra scrubbing with the bar keepers friend when prepping to put the red max pro on the front cap. After a few coats of the red max pro, the area where the decal was removed became very hard to find unless the light hits it a just the right angle.

I think if you dull the shiny finish with bar keeper's friend before applying the red max pro you'll be pleased with the results.

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Thank you,

I have a couple more decals to remove and then I will most likly be doing this this weekend.

Last question. You are using the liquid BKF, right?
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Here are instructions someone else posted, don't remember who, for using Red Max Pro.
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The simplest thing you can do is to take your coach to a local signmaker/graphics shop and have them make a pattern of what your existing decals are along with the colors, etc. (or you might check with your manufacturer to see if they still have your decals in stock) Then remove them yourself (or have the sign shop do it for you) and have the signman re-install the new ones for you. I used to own my own shop and did this myself on a couple of coaches.
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