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2inAlabama

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Posted: 05/21/12 12:25pm Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Doody wrote:

This company removed our old decals, printed new ones and installed them. They did a great job. The site also shows you how to remove them yourself and you can order their standard replacement stripes and decals to install yourself.


But is this a DIY job? How difficult?


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Doody. How much did you pay to have the work done? I understand that there are many variables that would influence the final cost, but I am just looking for a ball park number vs doing it myself. Thanks


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rowekmr wrote:

Thanks everyone for their responses. I like the heat gun and plastic scraper way since I already have a heat gun.

Francesca how does the decal removal wheel work?


It's sort of an "eraser"- it attaches to a drill and it works real well. Not abrasive at all...

It does require a certain amount of care- as with anything applied to our fragile exteriors, it can go through the gelcoat if one's not paying attention.


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Laplaya and 2inAlabama - If you look at the web site they give instructions on how to do it - you will have to judge for yourself how hard it is - we had ours done by the company. As for the cost - the factor with the biggest impact is the size of the decal as the cost to produce it is based on the square footage - our decals are LARGE. It isn't cheap, but is a LOT less than having it painted and they do a great job. To have the company do the installation you will need to go to Apache Junction. I sent them digital pictures of our rig and they gave me a rough estimate before we went there. Good luck.


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Posted: 05/29/12 11:27am Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

i just helped a friend do this this past weekend. a heat gun and plastic scaper work on any decal that can be pealed. in order to tell, the decal has to have no cracks or holes. the ones that were really cracked would only peel or scrape to the next crack. we ended up using a wheel(it is like a giant eraser) we found this worked better on the electric drill as the cordless would not spin fast enough. it is hot work but not overly hard.

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Thanks everyone for their responses. I like the heat gun and plastic scraper way since I already have a heat gun.

Francesca how does the decal removal wheel work?


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When I removed my decals I tried pretty much everything. Heat Gun, chemicals, razor, eraser wheels, etc.
Because all of the decals were not in the same state of cracking, some methods worked better than others.

What I found that worked the best was a product made by 3M. It consisted of a set(5)of rubberized disks attached with a mandrel and placed in a drill. It took some time but it removed the decals and adhesive in one pass. Each pass was about 1/2" wide so you can only imagine how long it took. The 3M disks also lasted the longest out of all methods used.
http://3mcollision.com/media/catalog/product/cache/1/image/9df78eab33525d08d6e5fb8d27136e95/0/7/07501_molding_adhesive_and_stripe_removal_disc_2.jpg

I repainted the stripes with automotive paint in a new color scheme.

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