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Old 04-14-2006, 01:07 AM   #1
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I want to remove the decals from my Scamp and was wondering how this worked out for other people. I did a search but could only come up with "it was hard" types of comments. Any advice would be appreciated.

Is there some magic chemical (acetone, wd-40, bat guano or all three) which will help the process?

Any good scraper (plastic putty knife, caulk removal tool, machete or all three) which won't damage the gelcoat?

Thanks in advance.

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Old 04-14-2006, 03:37 AM   #2
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I used a hand held hair dryer to remove mine, it also works well on frozen pipes.
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Old 04-14-2006, 06:22 AM   #3
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Is there some magic chemical (acetone, wd-40, bat guano or all three) which will help the process?
Acetone and WD-40 won't work. Bat guano will remove the decals, but nothing will remove the bat guano.
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Old 04-14-2006, 06:50 AM   #4
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Old 04-14-2006, 07:44 AM   #5
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It really depends on the condition of the decals. I had a couple of them that were totally dry and crystalized. Nothing (and I do mean nothing) worked except for careful scraping with a razor blade.

IF you are fortunate enough that they still have life in them (good color is probably indicative of this) then a hairdryer and patience should do the trick.

The longer they've been on there, the more "ghosting" will occur. But even with that, mine looks so much better wtih them off.
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Old 04-14-2006, 12:43 PM   #6
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The quikest is to paint it. Actually when they are removed the impression is there because the rest has been bleached, faded or whatever over years. I f you can find a aging material it mite work (lol)

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I want to remove the decals from my Scamp and was wondering how this worked out for other people. I did a search but could only come up with "it was hard" types of comments. Any advice would be appreciated.

Is there some magic chemical (acetone, wd-40, bat guano or all three) which will help the process?

Any good scraper (plastic putty knife, caulk removal tool, machete or all three) which won't damage the gelcoat?

Thanks in advance.

Chris
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Old 04-14-2006, 02:24 PM   #7
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Awsome tip about the hairdryer.

Before I picked at the corner of one decal for about 30 minutes with minimal results.

I just removed all the decals from the trailer in about 90 minutes.

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Old 04-14-2006, 08:22 PM   #8
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I had a motor home that had been "wrapped" in two-tone vinyl, I don't know why they just didn't paint the thing. I took off about 600 sq. ft. of the vinyl with a steamer, the kind you use for cleaning grills, stoves and things, not the carpet kind.
Restaurants have their grease hoods steamed, as it will get off about anything !!
Glad you got it all off. Happy Trails
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Old 04-19-2006, 01:39 PM   #9
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Once again, I am SO happy to have found this forum- and this thread totally answered the question I had today- because I was just outside, trying to remove the old decals and stickers from my Scamp!!! So now I'm going to bring out that hairdryer... I was trying that orange oil sticky off and it wasn't working worth a thing.
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Old 04-19-2006, 01:51 PM   #10
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Go to a supplier of auto body material ( sand paper, filler etc) they have a chemical that will remove dedals. If i remember right its called goof it will remove decals but I am not sure how it will react to fiberglass. Ask them about that before you buy and use it.

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Old 04-19-2006, 03:32 PM   #11
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Astro Pneumatic Tool Company sells a Smart Eraser Pad that the car people use to remove the items from cars. They use it to remove pin stripes. RPM not to exceed 4000RPM.

Will it work on an Egg, I don't know.

We have one at the Pawn Shop for $10 and that includes postage in the USA.

Personally, I would use the heat gun and Goof-Off.
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Old 04-19-2006, 05:44 PM   #12
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Goof OFF, GOOF Off... and yes it works but on ancient decals, you may need to sand them off. Newer stuff can be hit with a heat gun or for those "power challanged" people a HAIR dryer will help get ya started.

To remove all the left over glue, a product like Goof Off does work well.

It also comes in Lemon Scent for those of us with more delicate nasal passages....
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Old 04-19-2006, 09:13 PM   #13
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My Boler has a collection of stickers from States and provinces previous owners have travelled to. They are those super sticky reflective stickers. Does anyone know if the hair dryer works on them?
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Old 04-19-2006, 09:27 PM   #14
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2 ways to do it 1) hair dryer 2)3m makes a spray called decal and stripe remover both will work...
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