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Old 09-01-2008, 08:23 PM   #21
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Last resort: Oven cleaner. Try it in an inconspicuous place to make sure it doesn't discolor the aluminum. If it doesn't, and cleans the residue off, start stripping (the glue).
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Old 09-01-2008, 08:52 PM   #22
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Hey, at this point I'll try anything. I don't think it could look much worse. Sadly, as I have begun the polishing process the tape and residue make it look even worse.

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Old 09-08-2008, 07:21 AM   #23
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I've been in the sign business 21 years. There is not a sure fire was to remove vinyl. There are too many types of vinyl, too many variables like weather & substrate. Typically the wheels take the vinyl and glue off when they are used, sometimes you have to use a lot of pressure to get the glue to remove. There are also different type of wheels, I've used the one you pictured earlier in this thread and they work o.k., we use a different type here at work that works much better, but you have to buy a special tool to us it. I recommend not applying new stripping over the old glue, the stripping will not lay smooth and look terrible. Do what you can to get all of the glue off, I would also not sand it off, try a number of different chemicals, till you find one that works. Typically when removing glue residue, apply the chemical of your choice, wait a few seconds/minutes, then take a stiff plastic squeegee, spatula or something similar and remove the glue in layers, try getting the bulk of the reside off with the stiff plastic before you use a rag for the final clean up.

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Old 09-08-2008, 08:13 AM   #24
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I wouldn't use sand paper. if you really want to try a 0000 steel wool ( on a unseen part first.. I have used this on a spot on the roof..) Left very fine scratches that were hard to see and should come off in polishing..

I would try all solvents first though... Try what Dnrtheil said....
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Old 09-08-2008, 08:22 AM   #25
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DO you know Why WD 40 is called WD 40?

FYI: Just a little bit of useless information for those that don't already know.... "WD 40" stands for "Water Displacement 40th try") It only took them 40 try's to get it right and boy did they get it right! What did we do before WD 40? .....3-N-1 oil I guess...I used it on my roller skates. I still love the smell of 3-n-1 oil
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Try WD 40 - that stuff will soften about any adhesive. Douse a spot, leave it alone for 10 minutes and wipe with paper towels. Work from the edges toward the center.

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Old 09-16-2008, 07:15 PM   #26
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Well, I used the 3M wheel on the drill. It works very slowly but only on spots that are one layer thick. I used a scraper and got the layers off the first so this should make the project easier. I stupidly put the 3M wheel on my low grider and turned the speed down, the wheel flew apart hit me in the chest and may have broken a rib or two. Seriously, it really hurt and now I have to buy another wheel. I'm going to continue with the wheel and get ready for some Nuvite. Thanks for all the comments and encouragement. I'll see if I can't post a few pictures.

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Old 09-16-2008, 08:08 PM   #27
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I stupidly put the 3M wheel on my low grider and turned the speed down, the wheel flew apart hit me in the chest and may have broken a rib or two. Seriously, it really hurt and now I have to buy another wheel.
I did that with a high-speed die grinder and a wire wheel. My arm looked like I rubbed a porcupine the wrong way when the bristles flew out...
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Old 09-16-2008, 09:24 PM   #28
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63Silver, The only thing you have not tried is letting your wife do all the work.
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Old 09-17-2008, 01:08 AM   #29
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I hate to beat the horse but....Goo Gone comes in different strengths and in larger bottles which is a much cheaper way to go. Found this out in the paint dept. at Wal Mart down south last winter when stripping the old gasket adheasive off the windows. As I recall, there was one with an "industrial" strength label.

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Old 09-17-2008, 01:29 AM   #30
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Had a long scratch down the side of my Sovereign when I bought it. Here is my solution and I actually think it adds to the look of the trailer while covering the scratch. It wasn't cheap and it wasn't easy; however, most of my discomfort was mental, no broken or bruised body parts.
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I will check on the GOO and see if there is anything stronger.

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The stripe looks great and may be the direction we have to go.

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Had a long scratch down the side of my Sovereign when I bought it. Here is my solution and I actually think it adds to the look of the trailer while covering the scratch. It wasn't cheap and it wasn't easy; however, most of my discomfort was mental, no broken or bruised body parts.
juel,

Your Sovereign looks fresh, shiny and ready to go. Good choice and job on the stripe, it looks great.
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Well, here is an update on the tape removal. I have tried virtually everything including WD-40 (no effect) and Goo B-Gone (useless). BUT we finally found a product that took the tape off in minutes, Airplane Stripper (Thanks, 94tri). We stripped one half of the trailer and remember there were SEVERAL layers in about 1 hour!!! All that work and the answer was at Wal-Mart, $8.00 per can, 2 cans will do the entire trailer. Now I'm really getting excited about polishing!

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So does that mean that you will be showing off a nice shiny trailer at the Dogwood rally in April?
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Old 02-12-2009, 07:31 PM   #35
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BigAl,
I wouldn't go so far as to say shiny....maybe in the process. I think a great event/seminar at the rally would be for everyone there to take a 3 square foot section of my trailer and polish it. This would be a great learning experience, what do you think? I think diggerbear has a cyclone. We have our opening event. Now let's see how many cancel.

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