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Old 11-08-2006, 06:11 AM   #1
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Question Blue Stripe Replacement

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I need to replace the middle blue stripe on my 34ft trailer. The stripe also has the silver pinstripes on top of it. Where would be the best place to get this stripe material ? After purchasing the material what woul be the best way to put it on ? Would I need to remove the old stripe or put the new stripe over the original ? Also how do you put on the silver pinstripes straight ? Thanks for the help. Davis
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Old 11-08-2006, 10:26 AM   #2
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Try this place...
www.galls.com
They sell 3M tape that is used on Cop cars and Fire trucks for their graphics.
Will not be exact match though.
Clean area with Windex, dry, then tape.
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Old 11-08-2006, 10:34 AM   #3
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I would suggest removing the original before allying the new. It will be very hard to hide the old one if left on. I would try a hair drier or heat gun to ease the removal process. I've done this on autos before with good results.
Anyone with experience with a heat gun think this is a bad idea? It doesn't seem like it should warp panels, but....
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Old 11-08-2006, 11:51 AM   #4
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I would suggest removing the original before allying the new. It will be very hard to hide the old one if left on. I would try a hair drier or heat gun to ease the removal process. I've done this on autos before with good results.
Anyone with experience with a heat gun think this is a bad idea? It doesn't seem like it should warp panels, but....
Using a heat gun, is ok, "BUT" do so carefully, and with minimum heat as possible.

It is possible to warp the metal if too much heat is used, or if you don't continuously move the heat gun.

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Old 11-08-2006, 12:34 PM   #5
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Sit down when you ask the price of that striping. When I planned to redo our 30' striping this summer, it was going to cost hugely more per FOOT than I anticipated, and that didn't even take into account the task of stripping the old off. I passed on the project, and I'm still considering getting good paint in the maroon reds and greys of our unit and some fine water color brushes to paint fill in where the old has gotten ragged. I plan to try a patch and see if the effect is at least acceptable. Anyway, be prepared for a costly redo. Your Airstream should look great when the job is done! (I had priced the stiping at an AS dealer .)
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The use of a heat gun is the correct way in doing this. The setting of the temp and how long you expose an area is soeting you will have to be very careful with. You will not damage the aluminum, but you could damage your clear coat. You didn't mention the year of your AS so Idon't know which clear coat you have. Start with medium heat on the gun. You will have two settings, one for actual temp and the other for amount of air. The trick is to bring the gun close to your work for more heat and away from the work for a lower temp. Using this process will allow you to take your time with one hand holding the gun and the other the loose end of the taping.

Just take your time and have patience!
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Old 11-08-2006, 04:43 PM   #7
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I purchased three rolls of striping from an EBAY seller, paid $10-20 for each 150' Roll. Great stuff, get the right size and you xan stripe right over the old striping, you just be sure it is cleaned well, I used mineral spirits, then washed it down and dried. My motorhome and trailer were both done this way. The moho striping held up great over the 4+ yrs I had it. Check out the trailer striping in the next post
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Old 11-08-2006, 07:36 PM   #9
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I've been saving the site Stripeman.com in my favorites for when I redo the Excella type stripe (next year's project). Looks like they have 6" wide and then you can run the pinstriping over that. Your beltline on top & below the stripe should help you keep it straight. I've looked everywhere for a stripe that's all together like the one on mine now, but I can't find it anywhere. Looks like a three step process--stripe, stripe, stripe. Have fun!
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Old 11-09-2006, 06:53 AM   #10
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Thanks for the tips everyone. Davis
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Old 05-25-2007, 07:31 AM   #11
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I've got the stripe removed. The glue left behind was unbelievable! I stripped it twice with BIX stripper & then used a razor blade straight up & down to scrape whatever else was left off. There still is a little bit of residue from the glue on it. Would it hurt to apply the new stripe over this, or do I have to get every tiny bit off? It's smooth to the touch, but the metal was etched before the last stripe was applied & it's not like shiney metal underneath. Any help is appreciated!
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Any advice from the experts is soooooo needed! I going to try to put it on this weekend!
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Hi,

Not an expert, but if you have enough that there will be some extra, why not apply a short piece over the roughest area. That way you can see how it's going to lay down for you. You'll of course have to take it off but better that than be unsatisfied with the entire job.

If you decide to try and remove more adhesive - maybe give 3M automotive adhesive remover a shot - any auto parts store. Good luck with your project.
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Go to an auto paint supply store, and get a package of plastic razor blades, you can use these to scrape off almost all the glue without damaging the clearcoat. Mineral spirits and a soft shop towel can really help with the glue. Try the mineral spirits on a not-so-obvious area to make sure it doesn't react with the clearcoat. Wipe off the area after you get the glue off with a dry soft cloth or towel.
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