removing DECALS - Fiberglass RV


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Old 06-18-2009, 05:09 PM   #1
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...some old decals? Can I use a straight edge or should I use some type of plastic scraper with acetone?
I also would like to know if anyone can give me the pitfalls of putting on new, factory purchased decals...
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Old 06-18-2009, 05:12 PM   #2
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Old 06-18-2009, 07:27 PM   #3
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...some old decals? Can I use a straight edge or should I use some type of plastic scraper with acetone?
I also would like to know if anyone can give me the pitfalls of putting on new, factory purchased decals...
I APPRECIATE your help!!!
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Do tell Barbara, where are you going to find "factory purchased decals" for a 1973 Compact? Or is this for some other trailer??

Carol is right, use a hair dryer. And a PLASTIC knife... it won't cut the gel coat like a razor blade or other metal implement ... if you're talking about a molded lightweight fiberglass RV ??
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Old 06-19-2009, 07:18 AM   #4
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Old 06-22-2009, 06:54 PM   #5
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Thanks EVERYONE!...even the enigmatic Kevin K (AKA: Mr. Heat Gun)...Kevin, I tried to email you on another issue for your advice, but you don't accept emails on your member site.
What's up 'Bro?!
I'll try not to bother everyone too MUCH!!! Promise.
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Old 06-23-2009, 06:52 AM   #6
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I will check and see whats wrong with my email.
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Old 06-23-2009, 09:04 AM   #7
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also googone might help once you start an edge.
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Old 06-24-2009, 05:30 AM   #8
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That old faded 'Patriotic Flag' on the back of the trailer looked a little excessive since I just got a new spare tire cover complete with mfg name and NEW shiny bright 'Patriotic Flag'. Yesterday I took the old heat gun and, keeping it moving so as not to burn anything, I removed said decal in just a minute or two. A little buffing to get rid of the dirty outline and we're ready to apply a great little bumper sticker or two when found.
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Hi: Jim... I still have one left, Red on White, that says
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Old 06-27-2009, 01:37 PM   #10
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A trick for applying new decal I learned years ago in the body shop. A little liquid soap in a pan of warm water. wet the area down with it, peel the backing of the decal and lay it on the soapy water till it is were you want it and use a squeegee to work the water out. Done
I have done that on snowmobile decals and car decals. The real winner is the Firebird decal on the hood of the Firebird car.
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Old 06-27-2009, 01:56 PM   #11
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use a heat gun, but you don't want to overheat it too much. Also get a citrus based solvent spray, like LPS Presolve to remove any decals. Presolve & a little bit of heat. No scrapping required. Spray the Presolve, use some heat.....spray some Presolve, use a little heat. Works very well. I also use plastic razor blades to get real nasty hard old decals off, but that's only after they've been saturated in Presolve. No residue. Presolve removes any gummy residue. Very good product, LPS Presolve for removing gum or any glue residue.
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