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Old 04-24-2010, 03:54 PM   #15
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Today I tried the paint stripper method that Tadd suggested and it worked great. I went to Lowe's but couldn't find Glasco. However, I did find Jasco though and I'm assuming that Glasco was a typo (could be wrong but Jasco is working for me). It works really well. I've posted a time-lapse video of the small section near the front of the AS on the streetside where the raised logo is so you can see it work in case you're insterested. I first removed the logo by drilling out 4 or 5 rivets and then cleaned the surface - we've had a lot of pollen this year and our, yet to be named, AS is covered. After cleaning it off I scored around the edge of the beltline with a razor to make the decal removal easier. I think the decal is actually underlaps the beltline rails but I'm not taking them off so scoring at the edge makes removing the goopy decal easier. The instructions on the Jasco paint stripper say to leave it on for 15 minutes and then scrape off but depending on how cooked your decal is you can go much quicker than that. I think I left it on for about 15 minutes though - reapplying approx every 5 minutes to areas that didn't seem to be bubbling up very well. My decal is really baked on so I figured the more time the better. Once it looks ready I used a plastic paint scrapper to remove the decal. It just comes off in a goopy mess. There's quite a bit of adhesive still on the skin but I just kept scraping and then used a brass brush and a bit of sandpaper to remove the final bits of residue. Probably overkill but I'm not sure how long it's going to be before I'm able to put a new decal in so I wanted it to look as clean as possible.

Thank you to everyone that made suggestions. I'm having a blast with my first AS fixer-upper!!
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Old 04-24-2010, 06:27 PM   #16
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I love your time-lapsed video. I'm glad you found what worked! I like the black theme too--looks nice & classy. Too bad I have a blue awning, or I might have gone for that look. NICE!
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Old 04-24-2010, 08:00 PM   #17
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Boo,
Glad the Jasco method worked for you ("Glasco" was a typo sorry). Our decal had the same cracked look and nothing else seemed to get it off easy. Great time lapse video but makes me cringe while watching it bubble. My wife laughed watching me jump around when I got some on my arm by not cleaning up well and leaning on the camper. Later, when she had to use it on the base of the battery box covers, she apologized for laughing at me after experiencing it herself. Good luck with the renovation!!
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Old 04-24-2010, 11:42 PM   #18
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Ha - yeah - you gotta be careful with that stuff. You get it on you and it doesn't hurt right away. Then when you least expect it it's kinda like you got a drop of acid on your arm! Cold water never felt so good!
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Old 04-25-2010, 01:06 PM   #19
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Another method.....

http://www.airforums.com/forums/f474...and-62065.html

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Boo,
We used Glasco paint stripper and it worked great. Use gloves though since it is strong stuff. We got it at Lowe's. You paint it on as a gel. Let is sit for 5 minutes, then wipe it off with old rags. The vinyl will come right off and not leave those marks. The adhesive residue is still on ours but it is not sticky and the surface is smooth. It is just a matt look. I tried to polish out and it will but takes hours.
Jasco paint stripper I think you meant.
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Removed the stripe with 3 applications if Citri strip. Polished with a chemical al polish. Clear coated. Probably going to leave it that way.
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I too am replacing the Excella two color blue tape around our 25' Airstream.
After reading the above I was able to locate through searching "Striping Tape".
I found 8" wide by 36 yards. Skill will be needed to apply I am sure. But there is more tape than I'll need. At $18.88 per roll. I bought two rolls, one dark blue and one medium blue. Company sales person said they sell this to Aviation dealers for striping planes. That good enough for me!> https://www.findtape.com/JVCC-V-36P-...e/p375/?tid=21 < Let's do this thing we gotta doo!
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