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Posted: 10/16/08 03:15pm Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

I don't know if this is the proper forum for this question so, if someone can direct me, I would appreciate it.

Has anyone had experience with taking decals off of an RV? Can you just use a hair dryer on them and peel them off? Are there things to watch out for beyond the obvious? I have taken stickers off after they have been on for about a year and found that the sun had etched the design into the surface beneath them. Would that happen if you were taking decals off of a new RV? Any suggestions/advice would be appreciated.

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Posted: 10/16/08 03:44pm Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

We used heat guns or heavy duty hair driers to take decals off of our squad cars. A little bit of heat and they peel right off. If you're taking them off a new RV they shouldn't have had enough exposure to sun fade the RV.


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Posted: 10/16/08 04:12pm Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

I just let mine set in the Alabama sun one afternoon and the decals peeled right off. There wasn't any trace on the surface where the decals had been but I waxed it down right after removing them. They had been on mine for almost 5 years when they started cracking and I removed them.

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Posted: 10/16/08 04:38pm Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

I sat and watched a neighbor removing decals from his month old Jayco Eagle using a hair dryer. There was no sign of fade which would make the previous image show on his trailer. I have to say it looked MUCH better after he finished removing about half of the cartoons. I would think that the danger of leaving the image on the trailer sides would become a problem based on how long it's been sitting in the sun PRIOR to the sale.


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You could use a hair dryer, I might be concerned about the heat if they are applied on a laminate panel, you could use one of those erasure wheels attached to a slow turning drill


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You can use Easyoff no heat oven cleaner. Spray and let stand like your cleaning an oven. The fastest, but a little more expesnive is to use something called an eraser wheel by 3M. Don't let "a special tool is needed" worry you as you can adapt it to use a standard drill.


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Posted: 10/16/08 06:50pm Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Just curious why you'd want to remove all graphics from your trailer. I agree some are gawdy, but I wouldn't want my camper looking like a FEMA trailer!




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Posted: 10/17/08 06:33am Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

I like to use a hair dryer, and peel slowly at a 45 angle down and away, seems to stop the vinyl from seperating so easily. All gum clean up is done with 3M Adhesive Remover, wet it, wait, and wipe it off. Won't hurt paint or finish.....Brian


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Goo gone will work well too. Once you get a corner started you can spray it little at a time as you slowly peel.

Depending on how much of the decals you want to remove, there's scrapbooking stuff called "Un-Du". It neutralizes the adhesive for a short period of time and allows removal. Then goo gone on a cloth rubbed on the trailer to remove the sticky stuff will finish the job. The Un-Du is safe for all surfaces - heck, you can put it straight onto a picture and it won't do anything to it.

I've used these to remove stickers from bumpers, cars windows, newly bought picture frames, other merchandise where price stickers don't come off cleanly or easily.


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Posted: 10/17/08 05:57am Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

We removed several graphics from our new 5er. We used a hairdryer and old credit card plus 4 hands. Its hard to hold the hairdryer and peel off at the same time. They came off very easily and if there was any remaining goo, a good wax removed it. We were afraid to use anything harsh because of the gel coat.

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