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Old 06-27-2013, 02:20 PM   #1
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Peeling Decals

Hello to all...

I'm trying to decide whether I should try replacing the decals on one side of my motorhome that are peeling. It was created by sitting for a long time with one side under a tree and one side in the sun. I bought it from the original owner 2 years ago with 19k on it. Should I try it and if so, is it a daunting task?

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Old 06-27-2013, 07:47 PM   #2
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Peeling decals is indeed a daunting task. It takes a lot of patience, some heat and a lot of gentle scraping with a plastic putty knife or a wood or plastic blade (a metal blade will likely scratch). Permatex and 3M make decal removal chemicals that may help too.

Then you have to figure out what to replace them with. The finish underneath will be a slightly different color than the rest of the coach, and there is almost zero chance that replacement decals will be available from the manufacturer unless the rig is nearly new. Having new stripes painted on is the best solution, but rarely inexpensive.

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Home is in the Ocala Nat'l Forest near Ocala, FL
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Old 06-27-2013, 11:21 PM   #3
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I am doing just that...removing the faded, peeling decals. It is extremely difficult and I have fiberglas siding. It has taken me a week to do a quarter of one side. Heat gun does not help. Finally started using a razorblade, going very very slowly. Goo-Gone for the adhesive that is left.

It will probably take me a couple of months to get it all off. Then I will have it professionally rubbed and waxed to bring back the color underneath.

Then I will be contacting a graphic's designer to reapply some colorful decals. It is time consuming but in my honest opinion...it will be worth it to me.

Hope this helps
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