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Old 02-08-2016, 08:49 PM   #15
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Another positive vote for the hair dryer use to remove decals! The PO of our Boler had many 'travel decals' posted on the shell; and, directly on the rear window. We tried several methods for removal, until someone suggested the 'gentle' use of a hair dryer. That worked very well for us.
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Old 02-12-2016, 05:36 PM   #16
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Hi Mark, I am very interested in how the 3M Decal remover works for you - hope you will post an update - I imagine it would just attach to my drill with the included bit?

A neighbor of mine recommended it as well, but their travel trailer is much newer than mine, so the decals weren't all crackled and baked on like mine. I have tried a hair dryer, industrial strength paint blower and finally gave up, but I would love, love, love to get these old decals off (see photo).
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Old 02-12-2016, 09:19 PM   #17
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The decal remover works. Our shop uses a commercial version of it. You will need to use one of the goo remover products to get all the adhesive off after the wheel has taken the decal off.



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Old 02-12-2016, 10:12 PM   #18
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Terrific, thanks Charlie. I wonder which goo remover is the least toxic and will still do a decent job. I've seen some that are citrus oil based and have wondered if that would be safe to use on the fiberglass. Someone else had mentioned using WD-40, which I can tolerate if I am using outdoors. Any thoughts?
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The one we used was Contractors best or something like that. I think it was citrus based . We used it on trucks. It seemed to do great on both metal and fiberglass. When we used the wheel we were careful to move it around and not heat up the paint to much in one place. You will learn pretty quick how to use it. A higher speed drill would work better than a cordless. Be prepared
for the ghost effect where the decals covered. They protect the gel coat from the sun so you will still see the shape. If you are installing identical decals they will cover it.


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Old 02-13-2016, 10:46 AM   #20
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Thanks for the ideas on decal removal. You can see in the pic how they are partially removed, the top colour separated from the grey underneath. Going to try the hair dryer/heat gun method first. Not today though, -18C!!

Can anyone comment on the close-up pic I have of the glass/gelcoat? This is the bad side, the worst of it. The side under the awning is like new. I did use the Mequires kit on it last spring, helped somewhat, but didn't go too hard at this dark area. Is this something the Zepp/Floor wax will hide? Not sue if I get too aggressive if I will start removing the gelcoat?

I'd love to hear from anyone with experience bringing back glass in a similar condition.

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Old 02-28-2016, 12:49 PM   #21
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Reno is starting

Someone had mentioned in an earlier post some interest in the interior of our Suntrek. I am now getting a start on the reno, both interior and exterior. Started recovering the settee cushions and anxiously awaiting some sustained, warmer weather.

Here are some pics from today. We don't have plans to leave the front open for seating, just wanted to show the additional storage available up front (I plan to install a couple of exterior access hatches). Bought 3" memory foam topper, so that will be the normal set-up.

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Old 03-24-2016, 03:18 PM   #22
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Thumbs up 3M Decal Remover Works Like a Charm!!

Hi everyone, I just wanted to post an update and photos. After reading this thread and getting a recommendation from neighbors who used the 3M Decal Remover Wheel to remove decals on their stick-built travel trailer, I tried it on my 1988 Bigfoot B19 Deluxe and it's working great! I had tried a hair dryer and paint remover gun with a gentle scraper, various liquid adhesive and goo removers - all to no avail - until this! I highly recommend it. It just attaches to my drill and acts like an eraser, removing the decals without damaging the finish. I then use a superfine sandpaper very gently to remove more of the shadows. There is a faint ghost image remaining which doesn't bother me and which may hardly be visible once I have de-oxidized and refinished the exterior.
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Old 04-24-2016, 07:28 AM   #23
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Two coats of primer done, I now have a clean palette to work off of.
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Old 06-14-2016, 09:36 AM   #24
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Interior Update Completed

Final step taken today, beer tap installed!! 20L of Black IPA sitting in the carboy, will get kegged in 2 weeks!!
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Old 06-14-2016, 10:20 AM   #25
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Hello,

One thing that will need replacing is the rubrail (nautical term, we have lived on 2 sailboats and owned numerous others) that covered the seam of the 2 half shells. I have been looking at Taco Industries, a brand I know from boating. If anyone recognizes the material from the attached pics I would really appreciate some input.
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Do a search on RV vinyl insert and you will find it. . The insert is wider than the metal so that it will flex up into the curve. It is used as as screw cover for the screws that hold on the metal band. One important thing to note. Leave the vinyl an extra two inches or more long at each end. Wait at least a few weeks to trim it because it will shrink having settled back to its natural length after being manipulated for installation.
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Renovation continues

Time for new exterior paint on our 1997 Suntrek Vista. 2 coats of primer done, tomorrow is the first coat of Interlux Brightside. Sure hope all my on-line roll and tip research pays off!
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