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Old 08-19-2008, 09:41 AM   #15
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Xylene will take it right off as well as anything else. Wear a solvents mask and gloves as it is poison and a possible cancer agent. If you cant buy it straight many auto products like carb cleaner contain xylene.
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Old 08-19-2008, 10:37 AM   #16
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Ours had old duct tape securing the back access storage door. WD-40 came to the rescue, along with lots of repeated applications and elbow grease, but the nasty old tape and stickum did finally come off the aluminum. Good luck with your problem. ~G
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Old 08-19-2008, 12:03 PM   #17
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Stick with the 3M wheel or similar. We use them a lot in the sign world, chemicals are used very little now a days.


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Old 08-21-2008, 10:10 AM   #18
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Before using any solvents on your aluminum skin, make sure that it will not injure the skin. Try a good solvent for aluminum and us a plastic razor blade. check with vintage airstream website.
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Xylene is the solvent for adhesive
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Old 09-01-2008, 09:21 PM   #20
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Well, I have tried the wheel and it has removed some of the tape but leaves a lot of residue that is just as difficult to get off. Any opinions on using wet sandpaper, starting around 600 coarse?? I'm thinking about pin stripping all the way around just to cover how ugly this tape is. Maybe if the pinstripe matched the new awning it would look OK.

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Old 09-01-2008, 09:23 PM   #21
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Last resort: Oven cleaner. Try it in an inconspicuous place to make sure it doesn't discolor the aluminum. If it doesn't, and cleans the residue off, start stripping (the glue).
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Hey, at this point I'll try anything. I don't think it could look much worse. Sadly, as I have begun the polishing process the tape and residue make it look even worse.

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I've been in the sign business 21 years. There is not a sure fire was to remove vinyl. There are too many types of vinyl, too many variables like weather & substrate. Typically the wheels take the vinyl and glue off when they are used, sometimes you have to use a lot of pressure to get the glue to remove. There are also different type of wheels, I've used the one you pictured earlier in this thread and they work o.k., we use a different type here at work that works much better, but you have to buy a special tool to us it. I recommend not applying new stripping over the old glue, the stripping will not lay smooth and look terrible. Do what you can to get all of the glue off, I would also not sand it off, try a number of different chemicals, till you find one that works. Typically when removing glue residue, apply the chemical of your choice, wait a few seconds/minutes, then take a stiff plastic squeegee, spatula or something similar and remove the glue in layers, try getting the bulk of the reside off with the stiff plastic before you use a rag for the final clean up.

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Old 09-08-2008, 09:13 AM   #24
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I wouldn't use sand paper. if you really want to try a 0000 steel wool ( on a unseen part first.. I have used this on a spot on the roof..) Left very fine scratches that were hard to see and should come off in polishing..

I would try all solvents first though... Try what Dnrtheil said....
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DO you know Why WD 40 is called WD 40?

FYI: Just a little bit of useless information for those that don't already know.... "WD 40" stands for "Water Displacement 40th try") It only took them 40 try's to get it right and boy did they get it right! What did we do before WD 40? .....3-N-1 oil I guess...I used it on my roller skates. I still love the smell of 3-n-1 oil
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Try WD 40 - that stuff will soften about any adhesive. Douse a spot, leave it alone for 10 minutes and wipe with paper towels. Work from the edges toward the center.

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Well, I used the 3M wheel on the drill. It works very slowly but only on spots that are one layer thick. I used a scraper and got the layers off the first so this should make the project easier. I stupidly put the 3M wheel on my low grider and turned the speed down, the wheel flew apart hit me in the chest and may have broken a rib or two. Seriously, it really hurt and now I have to buy another wheel. I'm going to continue with the wheel and get ready for some Nuvite. Thanks for all the comments and encouragement. I'll see if I can't post a few pictures.

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I stupidly put the 3M wheel on my low grider and turned the speed down, the wheel flew apart hit me in the chest and may have broken a rib or two. Seriously, it really hurt and now I have to buy another wheel.
I did that with a high-speed die grinder and a wire wheel. My arm looked like I rubbed a porcupine the wrong way when the bristles flew out...
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63Silver, The only thing you have not tried is letting your wife do all the work.
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