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Old 04-21-2015, 04:30 PM   #1
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Ever see this tool for decal removal ???

Started the big job of removing my sad decals. Bought the 3M eraser wheel that most people recommend, but it is very slow and awkward to run with a drill. I wanted to put the wheel on an angle grinder to make it more comfortable to hold, but the arbor sizes are different. No luck.

Then I found this eraser tool. Will screw right on an angle grinder. It also lets you use the whole 4" diameter face to strip decals, not just the edge of the wheel.

Anyone out there use one ?????

Karl
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Good find. Did you buy it? I'm in the ame boat, getting ready to remove decals and do a paint job.

Id say be careful, don't spend a lot of time in one spot with it (heat buildup could cause delaminations.
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Old 04-21-2015, 05:50 PM   #3
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Good find, Karl. Looked up the company. What's the part number?
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Old 04-21-2015, 08:30 PM   #4
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Its called a Dynabrade. Available at Amazon

Amazon.com: 4" (102 mm) Dia. RED-TRED Eraser Disc Assembly: Automotive
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Old 04-22-2015, 03:04 PM   #5
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Looks good, but the thing that would scare me is the speed of a right angle grinder. It looks like it could melt right into the fiberglass.
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Old 04-22-2015, 03:13 PM   #6
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Don't use a grinder use a veritable speed sanded polisher.
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I am doing the same thing, would love to know if it works
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Old 04-22-2015, 04:48 PM   #8
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Get a chisler from a Vinyl sign shop and some Rapid remove, those will leave marks..
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I'm looking in to a full paint job also...I talked to a local painter who paints semi's an rv's he said to rent a pressure washer with steam...said takes them right off. I haven't looked into renting one yet but when I do I'll let everyone know how it works.
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Sounds like the best plan.

Follow his advice and rent what he uses.

Better yet offer lunch if he helps so you can learn any tricks.

Then provide information here.
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Old 04-24-2015, 11:18 AM   #11
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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?

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Has anyone used a heated power washer? I have access to one but I am afraid the heat will cause delamination
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Check out my post in the vintage rv section. It one of the last post on things you have done to your RV. I just finished removing my decals and posted some pointers.


What did you do to your old RV today?
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I used a razer blade clamped in a hand held floor scraper. Works great, but you have to handle with care not to dig into the gel coat. Follow up with 3M glue removal.
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