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Old 06-09-2013, 03:44 PM   #1
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Decals on my fifth wheel peeling and cracking

Was this way when I bought it but now starting get on my nerves. Was planning to get them off with a hot air gun and then just leave it blank. Any suggestions out there. Thanks.
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Old 06-09-2013, 10:00 PM   #2
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It'll look strange and have old ghosts of where they used to be.
But if they are that dry, you'll be scraping for a long time because they won't come off in one piece, but hundreds. Steam is better also.
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Old 06-10-2013, 07:01 AM   #3
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An easier method for removal is a 3M ereaser wheel on an electric drill. Then use polishing compound and a random orbital buffer to remove all the oxidation and restore the finish, (gets rid if the ghosts) then what ever favorite wax or protectant to finish up.
It a little labor intense, but well worth it to restore the finish.
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Old 06-10-2013, 09:44 AM   #4
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I experimented with it all and agree with az bound. The eraser wheel is best. It comes in two sizes. If your dealing with narrow stripes then the smaller wheel will do. If the decals are cracked and not just faded then the wheel is the only thing that will work. The heat gun or steamer will only work if the decals are relatively new and will stay in tact as you pull them off. There is a spray that is available on line called decal remover. You will need it to get off the adhesive that the wheel doesn't remove. You have to be careful with the wheel as you can burn a mark into the siding if you stay in one place to long. It is labor intensive. Particularly the polishing compound part. Good luck.
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Thanks for the great advice. This is real helpful all the YouTube videos I saw showed removal of new decals, not the old cracked ones. They didn't mention how to handle the old adhesive residue.
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I use something called Adhesive Remover. And it does just that very well.
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Old 06-16-2013, 08:38 PM   #7
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We use Blaster at work to remove decals. The stuff in the spray can for loosening stuck bolts, like WD40, only called Blaster. Smear it on the glue, let it set for a bit, then wipe it all off, sometimes a second coat. Works every time, with no ghost left behind.
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