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Old 06-26-2019, 02:47 PM   #1
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We are one of the VERY fortunate ones to have received our unit prior to their Ch. 8. Would love to remove some, if not all the decals; some which are really big! Suggestions?
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Old 06-26-2019, 02:57 PM   #2
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Any good auto paint supply business will have adhesive remover to get the nasty glue residue off the surface. A hairdryer to heat the vinyl might be needed. In Arizona maybe just park the trailer in direct sunlight instead of the hairdryer. Take your time. It will not be a quick job.
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Old 06-26-2019, 10:14 PM   #3
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I sent you a P.M. If you would like some free help, contact me.
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Old 06-27-2019, 03:38 PM   #4
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Just removed all my decals. I parked the trailer in direct sun while it was about 80 degrees. The heat helped to loosen the decal and keep it from tearing. Used a plastic putty knife to loosen the edge then ripped it off...slowly. You will sort of develop a technique. Use rag with alcohol to remove the sticky adhesive. Took me about 4 hours over 3 days. Too hot to do all at once.
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Diane, you have a beautiful blank slate for some original graphics or striping now.
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Diane, you have a beautiful blank slate for some original graphics or striping now.
Yep...decorating the interior and doing a few mods now. Wanna be ready for fall camping season.
Still thinking about new graphics. It'll happen...eventually!
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Old 06-27-2019, 10:30 PM   #8
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Conventional vinyl decals can be easily removed with a hair dryer. Just warm up the edge and pick at it until it begins to come off. Then, as you heat it, slowly peel it off in one big piece. This will not hurt the fiberglass. Once removed, you can remove any residue of the adhesive with a small sponge and Barkeeper's Friend". This will not scratch the surface, but it will remove any residue. Once this is done there will be no evidence there was ever a decal there. Then, if you wish, you can wax the area with McGuires or some other quality wax.
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Conventional vinyl decals can be easily removed with a hair dryer. Just warm up the edge and pick at it until it begins to come off. Then, as you heat it, slowly peel it off in one big piece. This will not hurt the fiberglass. Once removed, you can remove any residue of the adhesive with a small sponge and Barkeeper's Friend". This will not scratch the surface, but it will remove any residue. Once this is done there will be no evidence there was ever a decal there. Then, if you wish, you can wax the area with McGuires or some other quality wax.
Sorry but Barkeepers Friend doesn't work. Tried it and big failure. Might be the adhesive that is particular to the LS decals. The alcohol takes it off without any extra effort. Chemical instead of elbow grease.
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Sorry but Barkeepers Friend doesn't work. Tried it and big failure. Might be the adhesive that is particular to the LS decals. The alcohol takes it off without any extra effort. Chemical instead of elbow grease.
Interesting. I just removed the vinyl decals from my Oliver and Barkeepers Friend was how I removed the last of the residue. It also works well for bug and oil spots. Alcohol sounds like a good plan for the glue residue.
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Interesting. I just removed the vinyl decals from my Oliver and Barkeepers Friend was how I removed the last of the residue. It also works well for bug and oil spots. Alcohol sounds like a good plan for the glue residue.
After this project, I was lucky I had any arm strength left. The scrubbing was just too much effort for me. The alcohol was great because it dissolved the thick adhesive so it was so much easier to just wipe off. The Lil Snoozy FB friends recommended this method since many are removing the painful reminders of lost deposits.
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Decals gone

Last year I removed most of the decals on our 2012 Lil Snoozy.
On a nice warm day I took a razor blade and slide it under the decal just enough that I could grab the corner and just pulled at an angle.
Most came off easy, not all in one piece but still an easy job.
Then I used goo gone to remove the residue.

I like the look of fewer decals.
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Old 06-29-2019, 06:54 AM   #13
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When our Snoozy was brand new, the decals peeled off easily without heating by lifting an edge and slowly pulling up.

Two years later, after the bankruptcy, I had to use a hair dryer to remove some of the decals to express my thoughts.
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Yup. The older the decals, the harder to remove. Older decals will often leave a ghost image of fresh gelcoat that contrasts with surrounding weathered gelcoat.

I removed faded and cracked 8-year-old decals on my Scamp, and it was an arduous 2-day job. I only replaced the large “Scamp” lettering, no stripes. I’m still happy to be associated with the brand, though they’ve been taking some QC hits recently.

I completely stripped our hand-me-down van camper for a clean look, leaving only small, discreet “Roadtrek” badges on the lower front doors.

Less is more when it comes to RV graphics.
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Another way to get the decal and/or the residue off is with a rubber Eraser Wheel. These work surprisingly well and don't damage the surface.

On trucks, you can remove the name plates, like "FORD" or the model number, like "2500", by sawing through the sticky back with dental floss, and then erasing the residue with one of these wheels.

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I tried the wheel, and it smeared red dye from the decals into surrounding gelcoat., requiring wet sanding to remove. Gave up and went back to manual removal with a plastic razor.

Didn’t think to try it on the residue, though. That’s a good idea.
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Acetone. It works great on fiberglass and aluminum and works much faster than alcohol. If you are using it on other materials, test it first. I was using it to remove glue residue from the vinyl back of a seat cushion and melted a hole in it which I had to repair.
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Razor blade and alcohol were the best combination for my 5 year old Snoozy. Really like the clean aero look and less cluttered.
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