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Old 05-21-2019, 11:01 AM   #1
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Removing 3M Film with Steam??

Have you ever used a steam product to removing 14 year old 3m film, off the front of your motorhome, if yes what did you use? I know the heat guns will work, but I don't want to use the heat gun, might rush things with heat gun.. Thank you..
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I used a hand-held Conair clothing steamer I got at Bed, Bath and Beyond.
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I used a lot of plastic razor blades, goo-be-gone, and patience. I agree you need to be careful with the heat gun as it can soften the paint as well. I used the gun for a few minutes, then scraped with the blade. Since I didn't do it all at once, it is hard to say exactly how much time it took, but worth it in the end. Good luck!
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Use graphxoff will take it right off will not hurt fiberglass, it will strip the paint off of metal also then use plastic razor blades did my intire motorhome replaced with different color vinyl traced old vinyl with crate paper and crayon before removing
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The old color was brown replaced with burgundy Click image for larger version

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I used a hand-held Conair clothing steamer I got at Bed, Bath and Beyond.
Thank you for your info fatchance, I have been looking in Amazon for steamers, amazon usually has reviews on there products. I been reading that some of the hand held steamers only hold enough water for 2 to 3 minutes of steaming, is this true with your steamer? I was thinking about getting a bigger one that's on wheels, they last 45 minutes on a water tank, but I didn't know if the steam worked. you say it does, so I'm going to try it. Thanks!
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The burgundy looks really good, Thanks for the info!
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This site gives you products, information and videos on how to remove that stuff.
https://uglyshieldremoval.com/
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Is Stew1 talking about the side graphics that he removed / replaced?
That is different than removing the clear "3M" film on the front that protects against rock chips. The 3M film is WAY thicker than cosmetic graphics so the approach may be different.

I suspect the solvent Stew1 used would not work on the 3M clear.
The laborious methods include heating the clear (typically hot air gun but a steamer might work), and very carefully lifting the film using plastic scrapers. This is then followed by removing the adhesive which possibly the graphicX stuff Stew1 used MIGHT work. There is a company that markets a remover specifically for this purpose that has been discussed on this forum.

The work will take tedious days.
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Having watched others I would use a release agent, canít remember name, and some form of heat. At the age of your film it will be hard to get off without damaging the paint. Let rig front get hot in sun prior to starting and go slow.


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I found Xylene worked best for getting the adhesive off.
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We used a wallpaper steamer. (Wagner, as I recall, about $50 at Home Depot). It worked really well at releasing the film's adhesion. Getting the glue off is harder; we used plastic scrapers and Goo-Gone type chemicals. It's laborious, but gets it done.

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