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08-19-2004, 12:46 PM
Any idea's on the best way to remove 15 year old stripes off my 87 prostar,so I can replace them !

08-19-2004, 01:13 PM
I have used the following tools

heat gun/paint stripper/hair blow dryer to soften the adhesive.
carve a putty knife out of wood (I use a popsicle stick) to scrape the stripe/sticker off without scratching the gel coat.
Goof Off to remove the left over adhesive.

08-19-2004, 01:36 PM
I removed the stickers from my truck with a blow dryer, goo gone and one of those semi-rigid yellow plastic bondo scrapers. No marks, but the truck was only 1 month old. After 15 years the stickers may be pretty brittle.

08-19-2004, 01:39 PM
3M makes a product called general purpose adhesive remover.
it comes in a spray can or a quart can. works really well

08-19-2004, 02:35 PM
I like the idea of the bondo scraper. :worthy: I will have to take one out of my car stuff drawer and hang it with the putty knifes so I remember.

east tx skier
08-19-2004, 02:46 PM
Reminds me of when I pulled the wood adhesive stuff off my jeep. The longer it's been on there, the tougher it is (something about the loyalty of the adhesive shifting to the surface to which it is attached. Expect to find some really shiny gel coat under there if the same holds true for the boats as it was for the jeep. Under the wood, there was brand new paint on an 18 year old truck.

I used a heat gun (set to low) and a little yellow squeegie (sp) used for smoothing out decals (it's somewhere in between plastic and rubber). The edges are really soft.

tall_ andy
08-19-2004, 09:33 PM
Take some before and after pics. I have been thinking about doing the same thing this winter and putting new stripes and graphics on

08-19-2004, 10:13 PM
Just out of curiosity did you or someone replace the stripes in 89? Otherwise if they're are stock wouldn't they be 17 yrs old rather then 15 yrs old?

08-19-2004, 11:41 PM
I new someone would get me on my math.Yes 17 years is the count and thanks to all replys

08-20-2004, 09:33 AM
Ok now we have the math police.:uglyhamme! Go get em Bri!!;) !!