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Old 01-03-2005, 09:46 AM   #1
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Protecting the wood trim during the stripping.

We have three whole months to worry about this problem and come up with a solution.
Our motor home has a perfect, not even a scratch on it, wood decal trim around the center. This is original and we want to keep it that way. This spring we will be stripping the clear coat to start polishing the problem will be how to protect this wonderful wood decal from getting stripped in the process. When I stripped our trailer I used a water based 3M stripper which was fairly tame but I am certain strong enough to remove this decal trim. Any one out there had any experience taping off decals from paint removers.
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Old 01-03-2005, 12:06 PM   #2
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I used blue masking tape to hold heavy brown painters paper to protect some areas when I stripped the lower grey paint off my AS. It worked well. If you are going to get the area very wet though, not just a few drips, I would want to tape some heavy plastic over the paper to keep the moisture off. Also keep wet cloths nearby for the occassional missed drip that you can clean off quickly. I also used mineral spirits to stop the stripper action, then hosed everything off with water.

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Old 01-03-2005, 12:07 PM   #3
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Duct tape?

I'm not sure that the stripper wouldn't soak through but you could test it somewhere other than on your AS.
You might try double layering the tape

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