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Old 12-26-2006, 12:27 AM   #1
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Does anyone know a SAFE way to remove some of the decals from a TH that will NOT damage the glass etc.
I will be removing these decals from a fiberglass sided TH.

I will leave the Fox logo/decal on it, but the racing stripes and other garbage etc has to go.

I was thinking of a good hot day and high pressure water jet cleaner.
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Old 12-26-2006, 12:27 AM   #2
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Does anyone know a SAFE way to remove some of the decals from a TH that will NOT damage the glass etc.
I will be removing these decals from a fiberglass sided TH.

I will leave the Fox logo/decal on it, but the racing stripes and other garbage etc has to go.

I was thinking of a good hot day and high pressure water jet cleaner.
Thanks,
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Old 12-26-2006, 02:30 AM   #3
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I used a product called "Goo-Gone" and lots of elbow-grease. It's available most anywhere in the hardware departments and is easy to use. Peel up a corner of the decal, if possible, to get the Goo-Gone underneath so it can work on the glue itself. Then wait a minute or so to let it begin dissolving the glue before slowly peeling as much up as you can. Repeat as necessary. The more of the actual glue you can get wet with Goo-Gone, the faster it'll go.

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For REALLY difficult sticker removal jobs, try lighter fluid. It's some strong stuff, so be careful. Works great on glass, though.
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Old 12-26-2006, 03:42 AM   #6
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I use a Milwaukee heat gun to heat up the vinyl so that it easily peels off. Then WD-40 works great on getting the remaining glue off. If the glue tends to roll up in little snot balls it's harder to get off so I just pat a little dirt on the glue residue and the snot balls disappear and the WD-40 works much better. When finished a soap and water rinse removes the WD-40 film.
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<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-title">quote:</div><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-content">Originally posted by Cruzer:
I use a Milwaukee heat gun to heat up the vinyl so that it easily peels off. </div></BLOCKQUOTE>

Since I'm in Virginia Beach,can I use my "Virginia Beach" glue gun?

(Yes...I know it's a tool manufacturer..)

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Old 12-26-2006, 07:08 AM   #8
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<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-title">quote:</div><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-content">can I use my "Virginia Beach" glue gun? </div></BLOCKQUOTE>


Glue gun? Perhaps too much Christmas excitement for you?
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Heat is the preferred method - either a heat gun (be careful - they can be too hot!) or a hair dryer. Use a wooden scraper (a piece of hardwood with a chisel-like edge) to help pry up the softened decals without making scratches (metal tools will scratch unless you are extremely careful and lucky as well). Goo-gone (a orange/citrus solvent) or other adhesive remover (3M also makes a good one) will remove residual glues. Lighter fluid, lacquer thinner, etc. are also effective glue & decal softeners, but lacquer thinner will soften fiberglass if it remains in contact too long.

In any case, be prepared for a long slow job.
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Old 12-26-2006, 09:10 AM   #10
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What about after they have been removed? Can you stll see where they were due to the sun having had contact with the area where the decals were not applied?
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Old 12-26-2006, 12:39 PM   #11
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Thanks for the replies.

I will be removing these decals from a brand new trailer. We will be going to the Northwood factory in Oregon and picking it up.

I wonder if I can order it without all the racing type decals? I want the Fox head decal/logo on it.

I was also wondering about any shadows left by these decals, I would believe after the trailer sets in this hot Nevada sun for a few months, everything will be balanced or bleached out.

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<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-title">quote:</div><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-content">Originally posted by nvreloader:
Thanks for the replies.

I will be removing these decals from a brand new trailer. We will be going to the Northwood factory in Oregon and picking it up.

I wonder if I can order it without all the racing type decals? I want the Fox head decal/logo on it.

I was also wondering about any shadows left by these decals, I would believe after the trailer sets in this hot Nevada sun for a few months, everything will be balanced or bleached out.

Thanks again,
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Racing stripes? I myself like the decals that Northwood applies to their products, however, you sound like my dad in his likes and dislikes.

Call Northwood and express your desires ...I'm sure the crew of Ron Nash will oblige with your desires ...they have done wonders with me.

Until I read your last, I was going to add to the topic that I favor WD-40 as others had mentioned.

Give us a follow-up on what Northwood will or will not do.

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The "shadow" as you call it is what the paint not exposed to the sun and elements looks like To get rid of it you can try and buff the faided paint or gelcoat to match the newly exposed sections Start with a medium compound and then go on to a fine compond and use a fill and glaze type of polish DO NOT USE WAX until you are all done polishing it out If you do you will seal the faid in and will make it a lot of extra work Use a power buffer if you can get one but it can be done by hand if you want to and have LOTS of rag Good luck
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Old 12-28-2006, 05:39 AM   #14
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Afew years back, I tried removing old decals on my Safari Trek. I tried heat and various solvents, with little success.

After contacting a vinyl graphics expert, I leanred about 3M decal removal products. Their decal removal wheel made the job much easier.

Here's a link I found:

http://www.rvsg.com/restripe-removal.asp
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