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Old 07-13-2008, 02:13 PM   #1
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How to remove contact paper from gelcoat bath counter?

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After looking for several months, just got an '75 23ft Safari in reasonable shape. No wasp nests (actually happened), all the windows are there (bonus ), appliances work, except AC.

There seems to be a leak at one time around the front window since their is dry rot in the left corner... and the solution of the PO twice removed was to Silicon the front window.... all of it.

The person evidently got a deal on the case of clear Silicon sealer and was an overachiever.

I'm gonna focus on the Front window and reclaim the bath room from mold and mildew... and anicipating some adventures along the way.

One of the POs had put contact paper on bath sink surround, and it still sticking well. Any ideas on how to remove it without damaging the gelcoat sink? I'm not worried about stains... I'm going to try the Lowe's "tough as tile" stuff.

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Old 07-13-2008, 02:17 PM   #2
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You can try "GooGone", a heat gun (watch the temp), and some plastic razor blades.
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Googone won't hurt the gelcoat? Thanks, Ron
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Old 07-13-2008, 02:25 PM   #4
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No, I used a couple of gallons of GooGone on the gel coat of my fiberglass boat with no trouble at all.
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Thanks for the advice! I'll give it a try and report back later in the week.

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Ron, You've discovered the two worst things that can happen to an Airstream: women with contact paper and men with silicone tubes! Good luck! Darol
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LOL... and I'm living the dream... mold, mildew and broken door handles and all.
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WD-40 will remove most adhesives - I haven't used it on contact paper but it works great on duct tape gunk.

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Thanks! Not to mention at WD-40 will also remove graffiti that someone sprayed on your car in Portland downtown. That was aobut 12 years ago and a bad night... until I tried good old WD-40.

I was just worried about the gelcoat bubbling... since don't have much experience with it... yet.
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