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Old 08-21-2013, 03:16 PM   #1
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How do I remove the adhesive left from stripe

I can't seem to remove the adhesive after I removed the stripe. I tried goo gone. Didn't work.

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Old 08-21-2013, 03:59 PM   #2
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Try some WD 40 or paint thinner.

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Old 08-21-2013, 04:03 PM   #3
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We use Bestine. Although some adhesives actually etch the aluminum and leave an mark that has to be polished out.

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Old 08-21-2013, 04:12 PM   #4
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Ths so much!!!!!!!
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Old 08-21-2013, 04:18 PM   #5
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Carb cleaner will take some adhesives off too.

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Old 08-21-2013, 04:27 PM   #6
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I've always used carburetor cleaner as well. I will spray it on a rag and then rub. It's a good idea to wear some chemical resistant gloves, and not be lighting up any cigarettes, or playing with sparklers.
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Old 08-21-2013, 05:39 PM   #7
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goof off works well, place some on a sponge and press it on the adhesive for about 15 sec. then use the abrasive side of the sponge and gently rub off. Work quickly, once it dries it quits working.
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Old 08-21-2013, 06:37 PM   #8
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3M makes an aerosol vinyl adhesive remover. Not cheap ...
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Old 08-21-2013, 09:19 PM   #9
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I've used Acetone (aka Nail polish remover) to take decal adhesive off. Try it on an inconspicuous spot first..

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Old 09-24-2013, 07:09 PM   #10
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Okay I have tried it all in this tread. Must be the technique. How do you apply and how do you remove the adhesive. Ths again.
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Old 09-24-2013, 07:43 PM   #11
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Acetone will remove the clearcoat anyplace it touches. I took the stripe off of our Airstream using a little heat - no problem. Then, I went after the stripe on the propane tank cover. That was difficult-different type of aluminum finish than the clearcoated body. The adhesive was left, and hard to remove. Tried many of the suggestions here, and ended up using a pinstripe removal disc (available at auto part stores). However, I was left with a shiny metal stripe where the blue stripe used to be, but just on the tank cover.
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Old 09-24-2013, 07:52 PM   #12
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Just for the record.. We finally decided to remove the flaking multi-colored stripe down the center of ours and replace on our '88 last year.. In order, we tried:
1. Plastic scraper
2. Metal scraper
3. Steel wool
4. Goo-Be-Gone
5. WD 40
6. Acetone
7. Carb Cleaner
8. Heat Gun

If I hadn't already purchased new striping, I might have given up. I did finally give up and go to dealer's shop. They didn't want to do it either, offered full 100% refund on vinyl tape, and urged me to paint area solid blue.. After much grumbling and 5 week delay, they finally removed adhesive residue (pressure washer and scrapers got most of plastic off..) and replaced with new striping.. They strongly hinted that whatever they used could not easily be bought by civilians...

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Old 09-24-2013, 08:11 PM   #13
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I like Xylene solvent for lots of different old and new adhesive/sealer cleanups.
This chemical is found in some brake and carb cleaners. I get quart cans at the hardware store.
Caution. This is potent stuff. Watch how much you breath in and if you are sensitive use nitrile gloves.
The stuff dries quickly and doesn’t appear to attack the clear coat, at least on the Vintage trailers I've had. Works great on old and new Tempro and fresh Parr Bond.
The solvent seems to soak into and soften the adhesive base while flashing off smooth surfaces allowing the residue to be rubbed off.
I usually wet a corner of a shop rag and rub the old adhesive off. The gum rubber pinstripe discs Robert mentioned work exceptionally well if the old glue has been softened a bit and are a real time-savers for big projects.

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Old 09-24-2013, 09:19 PM   #14
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I've had good luck with lacquer thinner. Apply it to a rag and wipe the adhesive away. You've got to be careful though. It can damage paints and plastics. I'd be careful with it if you had a clear coat on your trailer.

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