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Old 10-20-2012, 10:01 AM
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vinyl tape

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?
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Old 10-20-2012, 10:16 AM
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Heat gun, 3M adhesive remover and a plastic scraping tool. Oh- time and patience.
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Old 10-21-2012, 10:40 AM
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swb911 is right on. A hair dryer will work but you will wear it out. Just be cautious not to use too much heat.
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Old 10-22-2012, 08:12 AM
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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.
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Old 10-22-2012, 10:11 AM
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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.
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Old 10-22-2012, 11:13 AM
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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.
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Old 10-25-2012, 05:46 PM
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Pinstripe removal

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.
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Old 10-25-2012, 06:01 PM
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Originally Posted by TxsRiverRat View Post
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.
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Old 10-25-2012, 06:24 PM
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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.

Ymmv.
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Old 10-25-2012, 06:34 PM
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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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