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Rene T

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How do I remove glue from a removed decal
« on: September 16, 2017, 12:41:40 PM »
I just removed a decal off the side of my RV. It was about 6" Wide and maybe 4' Long. I used a decal removal eraser on my corded drill. Took maybe 1 hour. Not bad. I had tried a heat gun with a plastic razor blade and that didn't touch it. The decal was baked on. The only problem I have now is getting the glue residue off. Any ideas. I tried Goo Off and that didn't work. Tried Brake Cleaner and that did not work. Any ideas. I'm going to go out and try paint thinner then gas. .
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Re: How do I remove glue from a removed decal
« Reply #1 on: September 16, 2017, 12:46:48 PM »
I just removed a decal off the side of my RV. It was about 6" Wide and maybe 4' Long. I used a decal removal eraser on my corded drill. Took maybe 1 hour. Not bad. I had tried a heat gun with a plastic razor blade and that didn't touch it. The decal was baked on. The only problem I have now is getting the glue residue off. Any ideas. I tried Goo Off and that didn't work. Tried Brake Cleaner and that did not work. Any ideas. I'm going to go out and try paint thinner then gas. .

Rene T
Have you tried WD-40?

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Re: How do I remove glue from a removed decal
« Reply #2 on: September 16, 2017, 12:50:14 PM »
Rene T
Have you tried WD-40?

No I haven't yet but that was one thing I was also going to try. When I find the one that works, I will get back to everyone.

Update:  I tried straight gas, WD-40,  Paint Thinner, M.E.K. (Methyl Ethyl Ketone) and acetone. None worked.

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Re: How do I remove glue from a removed decal
« Reply #3 on: September 16, 2017, 01:17:13 PM »
Lacquer thinner. Just be careful with it. But if you already tried brake cleaner and that didn't hurt the finish, you shouldn't hurt the finish underneath with the lacquer thinner.
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Re: How do I remove glue from a removed decal
« Reply #4 on: September 16, 2017, 01:25:23 PM »
     We have always used Varsol, which is a brand name for a paint thinner, but it is a bit milder to work with.  Took stickers off of our rig and the glue too.  You do have to use a fair amount to soften it, then a soft cloth to rub the glue off.

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Re: How do I remove glue from a removed decal
« Reply #5 on: September 16, 2017, 01:25:47 PM »
Goof off. :)
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Re: How do I remove glue from a removed decal
« Reply #6 on: September 16, 2017, 02:03:34 PM »
Goof off or WD40 won't destroy the finish like thinners will.
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Re: How do I remove glue from a removed decal
« Reply #7 on: September 16, 2017, 02:28:56 PM »
Mineral spirits.
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Re: How do I remove glue from a removed decal
« Reply #8 on: September 16, 2017, 03:09:39 PM »
I used "3M General Purpose Adhesive Cleaner, Quart, 08984" and it worked well. Available on Amazon.
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Re: How do I remove glue from a removed decal
« Reply #9 on: September 16, 2017, 04:55:10 PM »
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Re: How do I remove glue from a removed decal
« Reply #10 on: September 16, 2017, 04:55:31 PM »
Goof off or WD40 won't destroy the finish like thinners will.

Tried them both.
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Re: How do I remove glue from a removed decal
« Reply #11 on: September 16, 2017, 05:13:15 PM »
Lacquer thinner. Just be careful with it. But if you already tried brake cleaner and that didn't hurt the finish, you shouldn't hurt the finish underneath with the lacquer thinner.

Is lacquer thinner the same as regular paint thinner?
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Re: How do I remove glue from a removed decal
« Reply #12 on: September 16, 2017, 05:15:46 PM »
No, it's completely different. If brake cleaner didn't do it, regular paint thinner probably won't touch it either.
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Re: How do I remove glue from a removed decal
« Reply #13 on: September 16, 2017, 06:20:22 PM »
No, it's completely different. If brake cleaner didn't do it, regular paint thinner probably won't touch it either.

Just up the street, there's a body shop who has done work for me in the past. I'm going to swing by the shop on Monday and get his opinion.  I'm going to see if Home Depot has any lacquer thinner.
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Re: How do I remove glue from a removed decal
« Reply #14 on: September 16, 2017, 08:16:19 PM »
No guarantees but when I bought mine the previous owner had duct taped cardboard over the front grill to get more heat. The garage I got it certified at told me to use coleman camp fuel. I had to pull the top of the tape off, but the glue residue that was left was tough to remove. The camp fuel did the job with a little elbow grease and didnt wreck the finish of the paint. The garage owner told me it was his secret weapon for removing almost anything from paint without wrecking it. It worked for me.

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Re: How do I remove glue from a removed decal
« Reply #15 on: September 16, 2017, 09:26:44 PM »
mayo or olive oil that's what I used on ours, rub it on liberally  let it soak in for a bit, might take a few tries
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Re: How do I remove glue from a removed decal
« Reply #16 on: September 17, 2017, 05:39:46 AM »
    Muskoka, camp fuel is basically unleaded gasolene without the additives required on new engines.  So, no open flames, cigarets, etc if you decide to use it.

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Re: How do I remove glue from a removed decal
« Reply #17 on: September 17, 2017, 07:29:29 AM »
    Muskoka, camp fuel is basically unleaded gasolene without the additives required on new engines.  So, no open flames, cigarets, etc if you decide to use it.

Ed

Thanks Ed. I've tried straight gas so far and that didn't work. I've got an idea to try today and I'll get back to all of you.
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Re: How do I remove glue from a removed decal
« Reply #18 on: September 17, 2017, 08:55:30 AM »
Try alcohol.  like you I tried all of the above to remove the glue from the door sill decal on the vette. Alcohol worked better than anything else. Still not fast but it did work. worth a try
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Re: How do I remove glue from a removed decal
« Reply #19 on: September 17, 2017, 10:37:03 AM »
Good old Ronsonal.....cigarette lighter fluid. It's naptha,  I do not know if VM&P naptha will work.
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Re: How do I remove glue from a removed decal
« Reply #20 on: September 17, 2017, 10:51:35 AM »
I just tried mayonnaise. Had to just in case it would have worked.  NOPE.

This decal was really burnt from the sun real bad. Now I'm starting to think that maybe it got burnt right into the finish and the only way to remove the indications is by buffing. The decal had 1000's of tiny cracks in it and these cracks appear to show up on the finish. It's nothing you can feel with your finger nails. It may be oxidation and the only way to remove it is like I said is buffing. When I run my hand over the area, there is no stickyness or any friction. The surface is smooth.
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Re: How do I remove glue from a removed decal
« Reply #21 on: September 17, 2017, 11:29:33 AM »
I just tried mayonnaise. Had to just in case it would have worked.  NOPE.

This decal was really burnt from the sun real bad. Now I'm starting to think that maybe it got burnt right into the finish and the only way to remove the indications is by buffing. The decal had 1000's of tiny cracks in it and these cracks appear to show up on the finish. It's nothing you can feel with your finger nails. It may be oxidation and the only way to remove it is like I said is buffing. When I run my hand over the area, there is no stickyness or any friction. The surface is smooth.


More than likely a stain, buffing probably will not get rid of the stain, but only serve to worsen the area. I really hate stickers on paint or fiberglass.
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Re: How do I remove glue from a removed decal
« Reply #22 on: September 17, 2017, 11:36:50 AM »
Try whiskey. If it doesn't work you can always drink the remaining stuff so no money is wasted. :D
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Re: How do I remove glue from a removed decal
« Reply #23 on: September 17, 2017, 12:28:48 PM »
Thanks to everyone especially you Tom.
I just wanted to let everyone know what I used to remove the decal initially. 3M makes a decal removal eraser which is powered by a electric drill. It cost at least $30.00.  I went to my local NAPA store and they do sell them but had a eraser for more than 1/2 the price by another company. That's what I bought.  It's made by Astro Pneumatic Tool Company. Item #400E.  My Napa used that same item #.  It cost me $12.99 and it worked great.
I do a final post when I see what the outcome of buffing does.
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Re: How do I remove glue from a removed decal
« Reply #24 on: September 17, 2017, 01:30:08 PM »
I completely stripped all the decals from our 1998 Chateau two yrs ago. Some were extremely dry/burnt/cracked. My final combo of ingredients/tools was acetone, plastic razor blades and scotchbrite. When the surface looked brown and cracked I lightly used the scotchbrite with acetone. Then, used my buffer with a 1000 grit liquid polish going to 2000 grit polish and then the wax of your choice polished with the buffer. If the finished area isn't acceptable you can always have a new decal made or paint on a stripe.
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Re: How do I remove glue from a removed decal
« Reply #25 on: September 17, 2017, 01:37:36 PM »
Here's how the Ol' girl looked when done.
Oops,got it on there twice. I can't believe I got it to work in the first place!
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Re: How do I remove glue from a removed decal
« Reply #26 on: September 17, 2017, 01:51:38 PM »
Are those all new decals matching the old one's?  Looks great.
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Re: How do I remove glue from a removed decal
« Reply #27 on: September 18, 2017, 08:14:59 PM »
 Thanks! It was no easy task removing EVERYTHING! No, we had a place in Arizona make up totally new ones. We wanted it to have more current graphics. There was some shadowing from the old ones, but not bad when kept waxed.
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