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Old 02-13-2010, 12:38 PM   #1
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1981 Excella II blue vinyl stripes

has anyone ever removed the faded stripes and just painted?
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Old 02-13-2010, 12:54 PM   #2
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has anyone ever removed the faded stripes and just painted?
Do you mean the vinyl insert that's in the rub rail and belt line?

Or do you mean the decal that's between the belt line moldings?

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Old 02-13-2010, 01:33 PM   #3
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I mean the 7+ inch two tone stripe around the middle of the body.
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Old 02-13-2010, 01:47 PM   #4
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Paint vs Vinyl decal

Yes, I removed the faded stripe and painted (two toned) and then used a car pin striping for the detail....also replaced the vinyl insert that's in the rub rail and belt line....this was done on an 85 Sovereign I no longer own, but plan to do the same thing on an 89 Excella.

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Beautiful job. Came out real nice. what kind of paint?
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Old 02-13-2010, 02:30 PM   #6
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I mean the 7+ inch two tone stripe around the middle of the body.
Noreen.

That stripe was a decal.

Most owners remove it with a heat gun, or a good hair drier.

Then, after proper preparation, you can paint it whatever color you like. Some paint it Charcoal, some paint it blue, and some paint it with stripes added.

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Old 04-21-2010, 04:40 PM   #7
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I've tried using a heat gun to remove our faded and cracked blue decal on our '81 Excella II but it's really a pain! The middle portion (dark blue) comes off pretty good but the lighter blue pin stripping is a booger. Is there any other way to do this that might be a little less painful? Can it be sanded down and painted over? Or can you get a custom decal?

I'm not a purist and would kinda like to ditch the blue theme and go with black to match my truck. I could go with plain black but it would be nice to have a kind of gradient - just a thought.

Is the plastic trim available in different colors? Can I even find it for my '81 model? There's 2 different widths - thin and thick - don't know the exact measurments.

Lots-a-questions! Thanks in advance for any input.

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I like the black. We are getting ready to do ours this summer, if I find the solution I'll post.
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Sign shops or graphics shops can do amazing things with vinyl and color. They could make up something to replace the original in any color and design you like.

If the old vinyl is not peeling they may be able to apply the new one right over top. If not, I bet they have some simple way to remove the old vinyl.
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That's what we were thinking. Here's a pic of what it really looks like... It's in pretty bad shape. The lighter blue is peeling and comes off fairly easily with a heat gun and some patience. It's the cracked darker blue that's giving me trouble - it just doesn't want to come off. I'm thinking to peel off all of the lighter blue and then sand it down so a new decal could be placed on top. Not sure if paint is gonna show the cracks or not.

I've also tried using a stripping wheel on an electric drill. It takes it all off but the aluminum really shows marks. This may be ok if it was all sanded and then either painted or decal'd. I'm probably really messing it up but this is my first re-do and I'm experimenting. Surely it will all work out in the end

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I've been reading other posts about removing the blue decal and here's what I'm going with - for now at least:

1) Apply Aircraft Decal and Adhesive Remover (Store didn't have any 3M Adhesive Remover

2) Once the adhesive has bubbled up I'm using the plastic scraper to remove the loose decal

3) Then for the tougher stuff - which seems to be alot - I'm using a 3M Stipping Wheel in my drill. The stripping wheel marks up the aluminum quite a bit and this is what's making me a little nervous. My first thought is Oh No! I've ruined it! and then I think that maybe it doesn't matter so much since it's either going to be covered up by another decal or painted (haven't decided which method yet).

Is this what it's supposed to look like during the removal process? I was able to remove the center light blue stripe pretty easily but it's the cracked dark blue parts that are giving me a hard time.

I'm going to keep working on it until someone tells me to STOP! before you kill your AS!

Thanks in advance for any input.

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Wow, Boo! That looks like a huge PITA. I removed mine with an iron and a wet cloth. I held it in place for about 10 seconds & then was able to peel that section off. I don't know how that would work with yours, seeing that it's all cracked. I wouldn't worry about the scratching if you're going to put a new decal on it. I can't tell how deep the scratching is, so I'm not sure about the painting question. Good luck to you!
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Yes - PITA for sure. I'll try anything at this point. Tomorrow I'll break out the iron. Thanks for the tip. I'll let you know if it works.

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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.
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