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Old 06-03-2019, 05:55 PM   #1
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Decal removal

What is a safe method to remove the curling decals on my 2014 Windsport?

ALSO, my finish is very moddled looking. I've had it professional detailed but still there. I've used Maguire's products. I've used paste compound with buffer and it still looks dull (oxidized).

I've been told it's sun damage.

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Old 06-03-2019, 06:19 PM   #2
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It most likely is Sun damage...
Removing the decals takes time and patience...

But it'll make the weathered parts of the finish look even worse!
If they've started peeling: use a hairdryer to soften the adhesinve, and just carefully continue the peeling process.

Good luck!
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Old 06-03-2019, 07:06 PM   #3
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Finish

Did you try a really good dual action buffer with sponge pad and McGuire's oxidation remover? Then rubbing compound, then wax?
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Old 06-03-2019, 10:30 PM   #4
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I gave up and bought a machine with full body paint. But lacking that Iíve read several posts about clear coating with good result. Some even claim that itís a do-it-yourself project though Iíd personally be reluctant to try. I had only ok results with buffing and waxing. Itís a LOT of work and the results, mediocre as they were, never lasted very long.
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Old 06-03-2019, 10:39 PM   #5
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FBP here also, and it does seem to be less to worry about...
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Old 06-04-2019, 09:36 PM   #6
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Had the same problem with black decals. Sun stroked for lack of a better description. The low to no cost but lots of labor way is using a heat gun and a plastic putty knife. A bit of mineral spirits helps with any residual glue.

The fast way but will cost a bit is an eraser wheel in a corded electric drill. https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0...?ie=UTF8&psc=1. I used heat on one side of the coach and it took all weekend. Two wheels on the other side and was done in an hour.

For the sun damaged gel coat I've tried buffing, Mcguire's miracle something or other, Polyglow, Turtle stuff, NuFinish (paste and liquid) and nothing seems to last longer than a two or three months on gel coat fiberglass. I broke down and pulled the nuclear trigger used Zep and haven't looked back. The coach is a 2006 and is out in the weather 24/7 parked out in the sun, rain, snow, wind getting full morning and afternoon sun as seen in the posted image.

BTW the red striping used to be black decals. Replaced with paint.
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Old 06-06-2019, 04:11 PM   #7
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I've read about a rubber wheel that 3-m makes. It's what the pro body guys use on cars. Sounds like it's sortof like an eraser, for a grinder or drill.... rubs the decal off without damaging paint.
No 1st hand knowledge though.
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I've read about a rubber wheel that 3-m makes. It's what the pro body guys use on cars. Sounds like it's sort of like an eraser, for a grinder or drill.... rubs the decal off without damaging paint.
No 1st hand knowledge though.
Pretty much how it worked for me. YouTube info and demo - https://youtu.be/AscVrV6E_kg

You just need to watch the drill speed. The faster the drill turns the higher the potential to generator excessive heat that will discolor both gelcoat and paint. Cordless drills work best since they are usually a lower speed top speed but you'll need to recharge often removing large area decals which is why I mentioned using a corded drill. Just keep the speed low and don't linger in one spot too long.
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