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Old, baked on vinyl pinstripe removal - need recommendations

Discussion in 'Detailing' started by 65skyturbo, Jun 15, 2022.

  1. Jun 15, 2022 at 9:52 PM
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    65skyturbo

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    I'm looking for advice on how to completely remove old vinyl pinstripe adhesive. I believe the pinstripes have been on for about 12 years and they have started to look pretty weathered. The top layer of silver color came off easily with a 3M eraser wheel but the adhesive is a different story. I've tried 3M auto adhesive remover, heat gun, plastic razor blades, polishing compound and nothing has worked. Any ideas? I see Easy Off oven cleaner pop up online quite a bit to remove stripes but I know it can damage paint and I would like to avoid that. I almost bought some Goof Off pro strength but figured the 3M product was better due to the reviews. Any other things to try before I try wet sanding them off?

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  2. Jun 16, 2022 at 5:20 AM
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    Surprised the eraser wheel didn't work. What speed did you use? 3M recommends 2000rpm
     
  3. Jun 16, 2022 at 5:25 AM
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    Rapid Remover, it's what we sign shops use to get old vinyl glue off. On ebay.
     
  4. Jun 16, 2022 at 6:34 AM
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    I should get some just to have around. Maybe for wheel weight adhesive removal
     
  5. Jun 16, 2022 at 8:56 PM
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    Thanks for the replies. I used a cordless drill with 1650RPM max. I have a few other drills so I will check the RPM on those and give it another shot to see if a little more speed will do the trick.

    I'll order the Rapid Remover as well. It has plenty of good reviews so hopefully it will work for me.
     
  6. Jun 17, 2022 at 10:53 AM
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    Post up how it went, I have the exact same issue. The eraser wheel did a good job on most of the pinstriping, but left behind a thin line of the hard crud.
     
  7. Jun 22, 2022 at 9:23 PM
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    Well unfortunately I didn't have any luck with the Rapid Remover or using a higher speed drill. I'm thinking the only option at this point may be wet sanding.
     
  8. Jun 23, 2022 at 4:00 AM
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    Did you let the Rapid Remover sit on the adhesive for awhile?

    Another option is Isopropyl Alcohol, it may take a little longer to remove adhesives. Goo Gone works to.
     

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