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Old 08-21-2012, 06:01 PM   #1
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How to remove vulkem...

We've finally got to the point where we are starting to polish our Safari... so I pulled off the name tags , the rear lights and the side markers. Someone had replaced several of these pieces and used 'a generous' amount of vulkem to seal them. I have not been able to remove most of it, at least not w/o scratching the finish very badly. Is there a good chemical or process for cleaning these areas up before we get to that area? Oh yea it's overly done on the seams and esp. the front rock guard. Thanks...
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Old 10-15-2012, 10:22 AM   #2
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I have found there is only one chemical that can get old, hardened vulcum off and that is the goof off PRO. Don't get the lesser goof off. It won't touch hardened vulcum. I made the armature mistake of taking my 3" angle grinder with a wire wheel to the vulcum bead on the old AC unit on the roof. Well, the wire wheel did take the vulcum off in short order. However it SPRAYED the vulcum all over the rest of my trailer. So instead of having hardened vulcum on the roof, I now had little spots of hardened vulcum literally all over the trailer. That was a lot of work to clean up. I tried alcohol, alcohol and bar keepers best friend, gasoline, paint stripper, paint thinner, cussing, getting drunk and cussing, and finally the only thing that worked was goof off pro combined with bar keeps. I poured the goof off pro on an area, then a dash of bar keeps, then went at it with a course wool pad on my 7" variable speed angle grinder. It will leave swirl marks! But if you are going to compound the trailer then no problem.
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Old 10-15-2012, 10:24 AM   #3
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A heat gun can also get results with Vulkem. They aren't expensive these days, either. Just be sure to use a super-heavy-duty extension cord, they suck a lot of juice!

Try plastic scrapers to avoid marring the finish.
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I think I used Kleen Cutter Gel Formula and that worked.

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Old 10-15-2012, 01:41 PM   #5
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