Well .... I started the decal removal today using the "tried and trued" methods and tools.
The 3M eraser wheel is working well, but is best for narrow stripes. I have it attached to a cordless right angle drill, which makes it much more comfortable to hold and allows better visibility of where the wheel is. It leaves the fiberglass clean, with very little residual adhesive.
On the larger decals, I've been using a heat gun and a plastic "razor blade" scraper. The heat softens up the decals, but also softens the blade. It took me about an hour to remove a 2 square foot area. I went thru three blades (and a beer
) This method leaves adhesive residue on the fiberglass. A bit of lacquer thinner and elbow grease remove that.
I'll probably keep going using these tools. Looks like about 10-20% of the whole done in about 2 hours. Its pretty tiring work, so I'll just keep whittling away at it for a few hours at a time. I'd estimate I have about 5 afternoons ahead of me removing decals.
The fiberglass underneath the decals is pristine shiny white. A huge color difference from the unprotected areas. I hadn't realized how faded and yellowed the 'glass was.
After the decals are removed, I'll need to do some polishing. Anyone out there have suggestions on tools and methods to do this?