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Old 05-23-2008, 08:23 PM   #1
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I just picked up my Safari 23 footer last weekend out of Paso Robles, Ca. Four hour drive back to Southern California was smooth sailing. But I pulled off the sticker from the dealer that had originaly sold the camper and now I have Goo on the metal. What would you suggest to use that will not damage the clear coat on the rig? I have only owned 60's models up to this point and I don't want to mess someting up by spraying it with WD 40 or paint thiner.
Any advice to remove the sticky side of the sticker?
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Old 05-23-2008, 08:25 PM   #2
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I've used xylene with no ill effect. Mine's a '72, so I don't know if the clear coat is different from yours.
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Old 05-23-2008, 08:28 PM   #3
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Why not use what your thread is titled? There really is something called GooGone, as well as GoofOff.
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Old 05-23-2008, 08:33 PM   #4
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Another option would be automotive bug and tar remover. Should be paint and clear coat safe. "try an inconspicuous spot"
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Old 05-23-2008, 09:19 PM   #5
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I would use old fashioned liquid light fluid, which is Naptha that you can get in the paint department at Home Depot. It will break down the glue and get it of without any damage to the clearcoat.

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Old 05-23-2008, 09:55 PM   #6
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Use Goo-gone or peanut butter

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Old 05-24-2008, 01:35 AM   #7
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Hi I've posted a pretty extensive writeup on how to remove vinyl glue in the forums somewhere but I can give you a quick rundown on how to remove it.
This works for papery type stickers, duct tape residue, old striping and any other sticky or old used to be sticky but now dried on for eterinity type of adhesive. First you will need to remove the face of the sticky item by applying heat (blowdryer) and carefully with an exacto knife pulling the top layer off. It has to be removed so whichever solvent you use can reach the glue residue. I prefer to spray the solvent on so if you have a sprayer around transfer your solvent into one. Have paper towels on hand then spray the area needing attention. Leave sit for about 30 seconds until the glue looks goopy, if it is looking a little dry in some areas spray again to saturate it. Scrape off with a plastic scraper into the paper towels and repeat in needed. Last spray some onto a clean paper towel and give one final wipe down to be sure you got the reside off so dirt doesn't stick to any glue left behind.

I use Rapid Remover at my sign shop for all my vehicles but any citrus based glue remover will do.

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Old 05-24-2008, 04:34 AM   #8
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WD-40. Spray some on, let it sit for a few minutes, wipe it off.
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Old 05-24-2008, 06:43 AM   #9
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Try Goo-Gone or WD-40, let it soak then use lots of clean cloth or paper towels to remove the go. Becareful not to spread it around, change the area on the towel often to keep a clean removal area.
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Old 05-24-2008, 08:17 AM   #10
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I contacted the factory to get an answer to this very question last fall. I wanted to remove the dealer sticker, pinstriping and the rear Airstream lettering.

The answer I got from the factory was to use mineral spirits. I did and have had no ill effects.
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Old 05-28-2008, 07:26 PM   #11
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Thank you to all. I used the WD 40 , let it soak and the goo came right off. Worked like a charm - thanks for the suggestions, Rick
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