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Old 12-29-2018, 12:42 PM   #1
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Blue Stripe

My 1990 25í Excella has the blue stripe around the center. I realize that itís currently a bit de classť but Iím not very tuned to current fashion (Iím old) and I really like it. However itís getting somewhat bedraggled in spots and is far inferior to the still intact clear coat. Time to do something.

I have done some research here have noted suggestions that include replacing the tape with new original tape (which is still available), painting and using modern reflective tape. Those all seem to have merit. The big however, however, is first removing the old tape which is dry and brittle. I tried using the rubber piece that is mounted on a drill to remove pin stripes which presented no challenge whatsoever to the blue tape. I tried using a heat gun with zero success. Iím reluctant to use chemicals as Iím worried about affecting the precious clear coat.

Iíve thought about installing something over the old tape but the surface is very uneven from wear and tear. Iím largely a DIYer and have success at times. But Iím flummoxed by the blue stripe and would appreciate ideas.

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Old 12-29-2018, 05:48 PM   #2
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Removing the stripe on our 91 was a challenge, and to do it while saving the clearcoat would be tough to do.
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Old 12-29-2018, 05:55 PM   #3
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Old 12-29-2018, 06:10 PM   #4
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Removing the blue tape was the hardest single job I have done on my 2 1988 model trailers. I used chemical stripper after I tried everything else I could think of with no success. Ctri strip or Blue chem strip. 3 applications with scuffing and time under the right weather conditions. Plastic scraper. I taped and papered off the area under the stripe to try to limit the clear coat damage.

I have not put anything back where the strip was. I have come to like the look without anything there,
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Old 12-29-2018, 08:23 PM   #5
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Use plastic masking tape not paper. Use a pressure washer against the seam grain as to not cause a leak. Blue stripe is gone!
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Old 12-30-2018, 08:50 AM   #6
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Did the pressure wash remove the "ghosting" too? The stripe seems to etch itself into the Aluminum, if replacing the stripe that may not mater much though.
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No, I had to use a solvent to get rid of the adhesive residue. I wet sanded with 1000 grit to smooth everything down.
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Thanks for the suggestions, much appreciated. #13 - the pressure wash idea is interesting. I think I’ll try it this Spring.

Was the adhesive residue bumpy or could you tape over it?

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The adhesive didn't pose as much problem is the clear coat spray. It seems as though at the time of manufacture the stripe was applied and then the clear spray over it which in the end left a raised ridge. sanding the whole area flattened everything out and made it so that I could reapply the sticker.
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Old 07-18-2019, 09:26 AM   #10
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Idea

Iím still wrestling with this and I had an idea. Removal of the old tape is just too big a task for this old tired body so Iím thinking of going over the top of it. The main problem is that the old tape is pock marked and rough so I need something to smooth it out. I have two ideas:

(1) Tape over it with duct tape then possibly a second layer of smoother tape. Then paint it with Chrysler Blue as suggested here in another thread.

(2) Cover with some sort of thin flexible solid material that has been pre-painted. Maybe even aluminum.

An idea that I read about here was to use reflective tape and I bought some. However itís very thin and I doubt I could apply it without bubbles and wrinkles.

Open to ideas and suggestions.

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We are in the same boat (well, trailer). Our 95 excella classic looks fabulous with the exception of the deteriorating stripes. Wish we knew what to do.



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Old 07-18-2019, 06:13 PM   #12
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Yeah, Iím in the same boat. The aluminum is great, clear coat still intact (!). But the stripe has serious acne. Iím trying thick duct tape right now. It comes in variety of colors, including a close blue. It has potential - certainly the laziest (err, most efficient ) way.

Iíll update here, with pictures, from time to time.

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I talked to an Airstream and RV body shop here, and they said takes about 40 hours using the 3m wheel. I suspect that might be the only truly effective solution. I don’t have 40 hours to spare and don’t relish the idea of paying for their time either. Jeez I wish they never put those on.

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Old 07-19-2019, 11:31 AM   #14
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I tried using the wheel and it appeared to do nothing. I thought I actually heard it laugh.

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