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Miss Rita
10-20-2012, 10:01 AM
Since I have nothing to do (yeah, right) I'm thinking about replacing the pin striping tape on my '89 TriStar. The the first step would be to strip about fifty feet of 23 year old 1/4" and 1/2" vinyl tape.

What is the best way to do this?

10-20-2012, 10:16 AM
Heat gun, 3M adhesive remover and a plastic scraping tool. Oh- time and patience.

10-21-2012, 10:40 AM
swb911 is right on. A hair dryer will work but you will wear it out. Just be cautious not to use too much heat.

10-22-2012, 08:12 AM
Not sure if you have a random orbital and some good cutting compound, but what i found out is when i was rubbing out the oxidation on my tristar and would leave it on the pinstripe for too long (more than 2 seconds) it would heat it up and just come right off. You might ruin a pad though.

10-22-2012, 10:11 AM
When I removed the pinstriping on my 81 Sea Ray, it required a heatgun...

And If I were you, I'd personally leave it off.

10-22-2012, 11:13 AM
first advice was correct by personal experience - heat gun on a lower setting will do wonders - the 3m product will just remove any additional gum residue - rewax when done as I am pretty sure the 3M will take any wax off.

10-25-2012, 05:46 PM
I've already purchased the new 1/4" and 1/2" pinstriping for my '88 Tristar as it was pretty beat up in a couple of spots up front. It appears that mine is peeling off pretty easily, although not in a continuous piece. They also make a soft rubber wheel that chucks in a drill motor to aid in removal. This website sells alot of the materials, including 3M Scotchcal vinyl striping (although I didn't get mine there): www.goferauto.com

I purchased mine locally (to me in Jacksonville, FL) from Stripeman.com and they also have a website, but they sell the Avery-Dennison brand of 2 mil cast vinyl. Suggestion, if you're trying to match up to colors of fiberglass, vinyl, or existing striping, order the color chart brochure first, which they can just mail to you. The chart has all of the striping colors on a clear removable flap that can be taken out and laid directly onto the boat. The colors I had initially selected 'online' as matches, were not what I eventually purchased. I also purchased some material 'off the roll', 14" x whatever length is needed. I used this to 'patch' a couple of my MC letters that got gouged somewhere along the line as well as make a couple of other graphic items (tilted stars) to dress up the trailer fenders etc.

10-25-2012, 06:01 PM
When I removed the pinstriping on my 81 Sea Ray, it required a heatgun...

And If I were you, I'd personally leave it off.

On my Tristar, the separation between the two colors (dark blue and white) wasn't straight enough and somewhat irregular so you'll most likely need something there to mask it. Mine used a contrasting blue 1/2" stripe, but I've seen others that match the pinstripe to the accent color of the fiberglass, thus eliminating one of the colors.

Hey, a couple of years and I'm finally off the 'newbie' list.

10-25-2012, 06:24 PM
I removed the ugly pinstripe from my PS190.

Heat gun, plastic putty knife. Scrape the residue line, wax the area.

Took an hour or so.

Looks better clean IMHO.


10-25-2012, 06:34 PM
Eraser wheel.. Available at almost any parts store. Might call it pen stripe removal wheel.. Only thing to use on stickers... Takes 5 minutes to take off one side of stripe

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Miss Rita
10-25-2012, 11:27 PM
The Eraser Wheel sound like just the ticket...thanks!

10-26-2012, 06:25 AM
Just put it on a drill on high speed and use light to moderate pressure, shouldn't have to worry about harming the gel coat with it.. and once you've used it on your boat you know how to use it on vehicles to remove 4x4 stickers or trim residue etc.. The gel coat is more forgiving than automotive paint so you'll be ok. Just remember to keep it moving along the gel coat, don't sit and hold it in one spot

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