Decal removal problem - help needed (1 Viewer)

Dolomite Pete

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Has anyone had to remove a decal from a van? I have an Autocruise Rythem and the decal on one side that gets the sun all day on my drive is in a bad way, and peeling off. I've removed a bit of it, but how do you get the glue off? I've got a feeling this could be very labour intensive! Any help greatly appreciated.
 

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Sep 26, 2022
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warm it up, heat gun or hairdrier, & plastic scraper or whatever.... then any of the above with a rag for the rest
Just removed some from Autotrail as the man says, hair dryer rag removal of vinyl then start on glue easy job.
 
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Has anyone had to remove a decal from a van? I have an Autocruise Rythem and the decal on one side that gets the sun all day on my drive is in a bad way, and peeling off. I've removed a bit of it, but how do you get the glue off? I've got a feeling this could be very labour intensive! Any help greatly appreciated.
I've just replaced some 20 yo decals on my Clou liner, top surface came off with a heat gun but the only thing I found to remove the adhesive was one of these
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Dolomite Pete

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I've just replaced some 20 yo decals on my Clou liner, top surface came off with a heat gun but the only thing I found to remove the adhesive was one of these
Amazon product ASIN B00VFACQRE
Did you mean to add a photo. I can't the 'one of these'?

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Oct 13, 2016
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MLM glue remover, got rid of stickers on my HYMER perfectly, EBAY about a tenner, left no marks whatsoever
 
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if you haven't got a heat gun a wall paper removal steamer will do which you can hire .
 
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Roby2008

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Hot air gun or wife's hair dryer as everyone says, then lighter fuel for the sticky stuff for me, removed all the decals on my mh in a day with this method ....
 
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Northernraider

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Be very very wary of some of these responses ...using chemicals on gel coat can do serious damage hence my reason for recommending wd40. I'd also avoid using any scrapers.

If you heat the decal you'll be able to peel it off by preheating an inch or two in front of you . Then a rag soaked in wd40.

If you use anything harsher you risk issues later

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Jun 30, 2022
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Would the adhesive be similar to the one they use for labels on jars? If it is i use vegetable oil smeared on then just wipe off and clean over with hot water and a cloth
 
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Had to remove some headlamp deflectors on plastic headlamps, well past their remove date (they are not designed to be permanently left on) the supplier suggested an ice scraper to remove stubborn areas as the are less likely to cause damage
 
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Northernraider

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Had to remove some headlamp deflectors on plastic headlamps, well past their remove date (they are not designed to be permanently left on) the supplier suggested an ice scraper to remove stubborn areas as the are less likely to cause damage
That's asking for trouble . Ice scrapers are designed for use on glass . Wouldn't use them on a plastic headlight that a sponge can scratch
 
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Had to remove some headlamp deflectors on plastic headlamps, well past their remove date (they are not designed to be permanently left on) the supplier suggested an ice scraper to remove stubborn areas as the are less likely to cause damage
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I have done a lot of this, I use a heat gun at the lowest setting, keep it moving, don't let anywhere get too hot, then use a NEW PLASTIC scraper to get it started at one edge or corner and slowly work it off or try to peel it while moving the heat around. After for the residue I try alcohol but if I need to be more aggressive I use a cloth with white spirits. Have a bucket of washing up liquid beside you and wash it liberally after with plenty of rinsing. Then wax it up. I never damaged any gelcoat doing this. 2 things to remember- keep the heat low and moving and if you use white spirits wash it off immediately with washing up liquid or another good de-greaser and it will come out mint
 
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I know this thread is rather old but thought I'd add my 2 pennies worth as I've been removing that horrible glue today! I'd previously removed the decal a while back and was left the glue that had resisted all other attempts and had hardened by now! ANOTHER Funster recommended Multi Solve when I was using Sikaflex CT1 and it was brilliant so I decided to use it on on the glue.

Before:
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After:
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After: (there were two horrible decals here too)
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Cheers
 
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