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Old 12-17-2015, 10:31 PM   #1
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Peeling Decals

I recently purchased a 2007 Montana 5er in excellent condition with the exception of peeling decals. I am pulling off the sections that have rolled back on the edge of the graphics but that leaves sticky residue with road dust/dirt on the unit. Any recommendations on the best way to remove that residue along with the rest of the decals without damaging the fiberglass? I have a bottle of Goof Off but am unsure of what it will do to the fiberglass finish. I am hesitant to use a heat gun for the same reason as well as a concern of loosening the glue bonding the finish to the wall.

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Boy, talk about a common problem. Tons of information about this on the Internet along with videos on youtube. Adhesive remover from Lowes or Home Depot will remove the glue and I have never had it harm the fiberglass.

The easier way I found to remove the decals is using one of the eraser wheels made for this purpose. Just chuck it into a drill and it works like a pencil eraser and feels much like the same material. If the decal is very loose you can use plastic blades that look just like the metal ones you put in a paint scraper. I got my disk at a local store which sells paint for automobiles, but you can also order them on Amazon.

Just google "removing decals from an rv".

You can use a heat gun, but dial the temperature down and keep it moving as it is possible to damage the fiberglass with too much heat.

I did not find removing decals was very difficult, but it is a little time consuming. If you take your time, I am sure you will do fine.

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Old 12-18-2015, 07:58 AM   #3
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Take a look at the Montana or Keystone forums. Lots of good info there on the crummy Keystone self destruct decals.

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Old 12-18-2015, 04:42 PM   #4
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WD-40 works good
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Old 12-18-2015, 11:15 PM   #5
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^^^ agree WD-40 works good for getting rid of sticky residue... Test anything - many of these (like Goo Gone) can melt plastic if left on for too long
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Old 12-19-2015, 10:57 AM   #6
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We recently removed the decals on our 40' Alfa 5'er. After trying numerous ways to remove the glue leftover, we ordered Rapid Remover from amazon. Its kinda spendy, but was amazing results. Didnt harm the fiberglass siding at all. Although I would test in a small inconspicuos area first.
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Thank you all for the great advice. I did look on the Montana Forum too and a lot of good info there. I plan on using a combination of a heat gun, the mechanical decal eraser and the Magic Eraser sponge. That should about do. Now all I have to do is wait for a little warm, dry weather on a regular basis and spend some time.

Thanks again. I appreciate your help.

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Watch out using the Magic Sponge. It can take the finish right off.
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Thanks JP, I picked that up on you tube. Do you know what is in the sponge that will harm the surface? The sponge itself is very soft.

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I think it is a micro fine type of sandpaper in sponge form. I may be wrong though.
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Neverhome I have a 2007 Montana fifth wheel with the same problem.Where did you find the replacement decals.
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Old 12-22-2015, 08:32 AM   #13
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Neverhome I have a 2007 Montana fifth wheel with the same problem.Where did you find the replacement decals.
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I don't have any to replace. Just looking for advice on how to take off the peelers.

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