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Grabbed the steamer and started in on stripe removal today. 1 stripe is made from a different vinyl, coming up easy. The others not so much. 
 

I have a coating on the white from previous owner, like a mop and glo finish. I’ll have to cut it with the buffer to get the ghosting out. 
 

For kicks tried a super small section of the front clear bra. It comes off easy, but not in big chucks at all. Will take a very long time. 

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It took me several weekends to remove the front 3M mask on my rig.  I had a steamer which helped. Tried different solvents and finally just settled on gasoline, my wife had puppy training pads that I'd soak with gas and I'd lay them across an area and then use plastic scrapers to get the mask off.  The adhesive was a challenge in itself.  The only area of damage I had was where there were deep rock impacts.  

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Some things that might help:

Use a heat gun on a low setting, and thick nitrile gloves to protect your hands.  heat the stripes and loosen the edge with a plastic scraper. You will be able to pull the stripes in larger pieces.

Don’t overheat the gel coat or your hands. Both will be blister.

They make a “rubber eraser” which goes on a random orbital buffer.  This will remove the small broken pieces using fewer/no chemicals

Gas is not your friend. Acetone often works.  Call a sign store and ask them.  They will tell you exactly what to use in old signage as they do it daily.

(When they seemed unable to find summer jobs, I locked my three teenage boys in a paint booth for two months to prep mine for full body paint. Amazingly, the following year they were all able to find jobs.  Go figure.)

 

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My Camelot is in the body shop in Sarasota right now having tow truck damage fixed. I noticed on my estimate that diamond shield removal was $1425. Replacement was $1875.

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6 hours ago, Dr4Film said:

I didn't realize that the Diplomat wasn't full-body paint and had decals on the sides.

Good luck with your project!

Thanks! Yeah just the bays, a swoop above bays, and a little around the front caps that wraps around are paint. Rest is white Gel and Vinyl stripes 

2 hours ago, FishAR said:

My Camelot is in the body shop in Sarasota right now having tow truck damage fixed. I noticed on my estimate that diamond shield removal was $1425. Replacement was $1875.

Wowser! 

4 hours ago, StellaTariche said:

Some things that might help:

Use a heat gun on a low setting, and thick nitrile gloves to protect your hands.  heat the stripes and loosen the edge with a plastic scraper. You will be able to pull the stripes in larger pieces.

Don’t overheat the gel coat or your hands. Both will be blister.

They make a “rubber eraser” which goes on a random orbital buffer.  This will remove the small broken pieces using fewer/no chemicals

Gas is not your friend. Acetone often works.  Call a sign store and ask them.  They will tell you exactly what to use in old signage as they do it daily.

(When they seemed unable to find summer jobs, I locked my three teenage boys in a paint booth for two months to prep mine for full body paint. Amazingly, the following year they were all able to find jobs.  Go figure.)

 

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I read through your thread awhile back. Was insane the way your coach turned out. Looks like ours were from the same Mom before 

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