Originally posted by jthew1
"You've got to be dumb enough to start it and smart enough to finish it"
Well, I was (dumb enough to start it) and now I am not (smart enough to finish it)!
One month later, I've only got 3' of decal stripped off with 77' left to go. I checked the actuarial table in my life insurance policy and Northwestern Mutual is betting against
my ever seeing the other end, at this rate.
I started out with what the pro's use - 3M Woodgrain & Stripe Remover (08907) and 3M Woodgrain & Stripe Adhesive Remover (08908) and then 3M General Purpose Adhesive Cleaner (08984). These won't even touch it. Next, tried a 1,400 degree heat gun (aluminum melts at about 1,600), and again no joy.
Managed to get 1' off before giving up, but now it's too late to turn back. Took a hiatus from the project and went on to paint stripping. Did a lot of research and found a user and environmentally friendly stripper (I try to avoid the nasty stuff with MC, etc). It worked well and was pleased with the results. See my posts regarding "Back To Nature - MultiStrip" in the "clearcoat - plasticoat stripper" thread.
As the MultiStrip worked so well on paint, decided to try it on the decal. It does an equally good job of removing decal, BUT leaves a lot of the glue intact. That's my current dilemma. Tried the 3M products, heat and various mechanical means which resulted in another 2' (1' per hour) of decal being removed.
Last night, after a couple of Heineken, and out of desperation (stupidity), decided to try everything under my work bench and the kitchen sink to get the glue off - NOT.
This morning, talked to all the pros at the body shop, auto parts and paint/wallpaper store - no one has an answer. Even talked to a nice little old lady in the supermarket who recommended Easy-Off oven cleaner. But the directions caution against use on aluminum - it was a thought anyhow.
So, I'm convinced that the only "experts" are here on this Forum and a few pros scattered around the country. Someone who's actually 'been there - done that''.
So, how about it, I need your HELP!
Thank you in advance for your reply.
P.S. The Wife says I don't have enough patience, but keep in mind she is:
1) beneficiary of my life insurance policy
2) keeper of the proceeds in the '"cuss jar" which now contains over $12.00 (at a quarter per cuss) - had one sh@# hemorrhage that cost me a buck and a half alone.