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Old 06-02-2012, 09:37 AM   #21
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Mid way through interior vinyl removal - how to remove remnants and cross-hatch?

Something that has worked well for me once the vinyl-clad is thoroughly cleaned, is to coat the surface with Future floor wax. This procedure kept the sticky surface issue away from my Minuet 6.0 for more than 5 years. The next cleaning was a little easier since the Future kept the surface sealed and there was much less dirt attracted to the patchy areas that had developed the sticky problem.

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Old 06-02-2012, 10:12 AM   #22
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Thanks, Kevin - this really helps
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Old 06-02-2012, 11:09 AM   #23
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Thanks Kevin,
Completely forgot about that tip!

We will need to do that when we start putting the panels back in.

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Old 06-10-2012, 06:27 PM   #24
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I am 99 percent done stripping all the vinyl from my 30ft Sovereign except bathroom, I used EZstrip Power stripper that I bought at the local Menards. It all worked really well. It took longer then I had planned but I would do it again if needed.
Needed products: bristle brush, High quality rubber gloves, respirator, goggles, long sleeves, razor blade, towels, auto body bondo spreader.

If I were to do it all again I would start by using the razor blade on all panels and go along the overlapping lines of aluminum. Brush on EZstrip with bristle brush and DO NOT overlap strokes, I did 18 inch passes from bottom working my way to top and one complete aluminum panel at a time.
Next step when vinyl is soft and showing bubbles grab the vinyl and pull it off in one big sheet and IMMEDIATELY use plastic type scrapper (auto body bondo spreader) to remove adhesive then WIPE with towel. (this is what caused me way more time in the long run. DO NOT LET the adhesive DRY!!!)
Do the ceiling center section last and work back to front doing 12-18 inch patches and get good coverage, the ceiling adhesive is different from the side walls.

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Old 07-12-2012, 09:12 PM   #25
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All of this stripping sounds like a lot of work and money. On my refurb I plan to pull all of the panels and put them back after insulation and wiring but not overlapping. I will butt the seams and overlay the panels with laminate sheeting. I have access to many different patterns and sizes at wholesale prices. The textured surface should allow great adhesion. I think the end result will be easier, cheaper and much more appealing. It will likely be a while before this is complete but I will post pictures when I am done. Just another idea on how to combat this dated surface.
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