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Old 06-19-2015, 05:48 AM   #1
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3M Front Mask GLUE Remover?

I know this has been knocked around before, and I've even asked, on how to remove that once-clear but now very ugly, mildew-cracked 3M front film.

Finally got started on it using a Wagner wallpaper-remover tool, as recently suggested. I won't say that the film just 'flys' off the coach, but it certainly does a job that I'm happy with so far. Thanks for the tip, Willie300!

Now, for those that have tried more than one GLUE remover (not the film - the underlying glue itself), in your estimation, what's the best? Oftentimes, I'm left with that layer of glue, and the steamer doesn't seem to do much with it. I've seen 3M Adhesive Remover, Goo-Gone, Goof-Off, QNE, Rapid-Remover, etc here, and if I was to buy/try them all, I'd probably be better off $$-wise letting a shop do it.

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Rapid-remover is our goto stuff at the sign shop.
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Is there paint or something like gel coat under the sticky glue? If so, then going commando aggressive with a paint remover may remove something that you would like to keep.

If what's underneath is not an issue, then I'd try pure acetone. Have you tried naphtha? It is marketed as VM&P Naphtha. That may break down the sticky glue enough to wipe it away with rough rags.
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Been working on mine a few days - not easy for sure - wish I had left it ugly--- So far I tried rapid remove, QNE, 3m. 3M was useless QNE was ok and rapid remove about like QNE or maybe a little better - at least 5 coawts to get it off. I think the heat in South Texas is my wort enemy of the project as the stripper dry before they work.
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Try spraying on Rapid Remover then cover area with a clingy saran type wrap so the stuff gets a chance to work.
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Been working on mine a few days - not easy for sure - wish I had left it ugly--- So far I tried rapid remove, QNE, 3m. 3M was useless QNE was ok and rapid remove about like QNE or maybe a little better - at least 5 coawts to get it off. I think the heat in South Texas is my wort enemy of the project as the stripper dry before they work.

Try coating a piece and quickly covering it with Saran Wrap or similar. Let us know if that helps you.




ROFL, looks like my idea got beat by AmericaPharoah freetoo
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We used Auto Tech Adhesive Remover with great success. Have to order it online from Auto Tech Mfg or a local paint body supply house may have it.

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We used Auto Tech Adhesive Remover with great success. Have to order it online from Auto Tech Mfg or a local paint body supply house may have it.

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The Auto Tech product is Quick-N-Easy Adhesive Remover (QNE). I purchased on line from Late Model Restoration. It is the only product that I tried that worked at all except gasolene which was not nearly as good as QNE. It needs to be worked in the shade for sure and cool air if you have it. It will not damage paint or clear coat.
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Try misting the 3M back side as you peel away the film with mineral spirits. The mineral spirits will soften the glue.
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