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Old 01-19-2012, 03:23 AM   #1
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Decal removal

The previous owners of my TT had large decals of there last name placed on the side and rear of TT. Any tips on how to easily remove them? Thanks.
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Old 01-19-2012, 03:33 AM   #2
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The previous owners of my TT had large decals of there last name placed on the side and rear of TT. Any tips on how to easily remove them? Thanks.
If you warm them with a hairdryer they should soften and you will be able to gently peel them off. Work from one corner and gently move the het over the decal peeling it off as it softens, It takes a little while but it does work. You could also use a paint stripper torch or blow lamp but you have less control and my scorch the side of your trailer.

Depending how long they have been on there you may find some fading of the surrounding area has occurred and you'll still see the outline of the decals. You could replace them with some other decal if that has happened.
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Old 01-19-2012, 05:02 AM   #3
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If you warm them with a hairdryer they should soften and you will be able to gently peel them off. Work from one corner and gently move the het over the decal peeling it off as it softens, It takes a little while but it does work. You could also use a paint stripper torch or blow lamp but you have less control and my scorch the side of your trailer.

Depending how long they have been on there you may find some fading of the surrounding area has occurred and you'll still see the outline of the decals. You could replace them with some other decal if that has happened.
I have used the hair dryer in the past and with good results. Very easy to control without being to hot and doing damage.
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I'll have to pass this info along to a neighbor here at the park where we're staying. He has a 2000 Dutch Star that needs to have the decals removed.
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If you warm them with a hairdryer they should soften and you will be able to gently peel them off. Work from one corner and gently move the het over the decal peeling it off as it softens, It takes a little while but it does work. You could also use a paint stripper torch or blow lamp but you have less control and my scorch the side of your trailer.

Depending how long they have been on there you may find some fading of the surrounding area has occurred and you'll still see the outline of the decals. You could replace them with some other decal if that has happened.
I agree. I had a medium size decal on my rear ramp that had to be removed and used a heat gun on low setting. It's about the same as a hair dryer, but I agree you have to be careful while doing it.

Good luck!
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Old 01-19-2012, 08:25 AM   #6
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Depending how long they have been on there you may find some fading of the surrounding area has occurred and you'll still see the outline of the decals. You could replace them with some other decal if that has happened.
You probably will see the outline of the decal. Applying a new cover-up decal will work nicely. e-bay has lots of decals that might work for you.
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somebody on the forum posted about what use to remove bugs and whatever he used removed the bugs and decals! just don't remember the post or who posted it
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My 20' enclosed Interstate trailer has 8x8" shields on front and rear that have dried up. Any way to remove them without taking off the paint?
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A friend of mine has a '98 NRV SeaView. He worked several days with a heat gun and plastic razor blades. While fighting with this, he discovered 3M makes "eraser" wheels. They're designed just for this purpose. They look like a grinding wheel except the material looks like white rubber. They need about 3000 rpm to work properly but they won't damage paint and gel coat. Consider yourself lucky if you can get them off easy with a heat gun.
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I found the erasers wheels. Prices are all over the place from $20-$45.
I don't know if my trailer is enamel or lacquer. Probably enamel. I also don't know if the wheel will work on dried up decals.

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I used goof off to remove the residue that was left when I removed some decals..
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I found the erasers wheels. Prices are all over the place from $20-$45.
I don't know if my trailer is enamel or lacquer. Probably enamel. I also don't know if the wheel will work on dried up decals.
All I can tell you Dunner is this Seaview's stripes were super hard and cracked all over. He told me after he got the 3M wheel, it went 10 times faster. He took it to a dealer decal on the back of my old '94 Chevy Pickup (3x2 inches) to show me how it worked. Took it off in about 20 seconds. He's going to help me next summer to get all my stripes and stinking fish off of mine
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I thought of Goof-Off, but didn't know if it would work on dried up 2004 decals.
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If the wheel does screw up the paint, it won't be any worse than the decals that are on it now. I'm already thinking of a decal to cover the old ones. I can try a dab of Goof-Off on a small area and see what it does. No sense spending the money for a wheel if Goof-Off works. I need to go to HD anyway.
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