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Old 12-18-2009, 06:47 AM
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Faded Wood Grain Vinyl removal?

I recently got a Wagon I want to spruce up and the worst part of the entire car is the exterior Wood Grain vinyl.

It is Horribly Faded and has delaminated throughout the years from the sun.

The last layer of the vinyl doesn't do much with a heat gun except for harden into a super thin sheet that I cannot scrape off.

Pretty much one whole side of the car is like this and the other is just starting to break down.

It may come off in sheet with the gun but its been on there for over 25 years so I am not holding my breath.

Any tips on how to remove this without damaging the paint under it?

I have entertained going over it with a jitterbug and a few red 3m pads to get the loose stuff off and just lay new vinyl over it. I hate to half arse it though.

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Old 12-18-2009, 12:39 PM
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3M Product

I use 3M Woodgrain and Stripe Remover, 08907. It is not magic but it works pretty well, the adhesive remover they make doesn't work at all I use OOPs for that but test an area first to make sure it doesn't harm the paint. If the woodgrain is really sun faded it will not leave any adhesive on the paint when it is removed.

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I called a Auto Body Supply place just before they closed and they have 1 can the 3m wood grain remover in stock. Its super pricey $24 a can but I guess it will be worth it if it goes a long way.

Wish me luck.

Thanks for the help!!!
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call your auto body supply place and ask them about an eraser wheel tool, rubber wheels for taking off pinstripe and molding tape, air powered.
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Napa

My son is the manager at our local NAPA and he stocks the stuff and it is 17.54 a can for a walk-in customer. It goes a long way a can per side would be my guess.

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The 3m stuff is $29 at our local Napa's

SHEESH!
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I get most of my supplies from TCPGlobal.com they sell it for 17.90 a can. I can hardly believe that your local NAPA wants so much what a ripoff. My son says their cost is just over 14 bucks. I can see a 40% mark up to keep the doors open but double the price is nuts.

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I found a Some stuff called Aircraft Remover DECAL AND ADHESIVE stripper made by kleen strip. It looks to have the same ingredients as the 3m stuff.

I bought a can of each. The 3m Stuff I found at the previously mentioned body shop supply store for $24 for their last can.

I have tried the 3m stuff out in the freezing cold just to see how it worked.

I heated up about 1 foot of the rear quarter panel with my heat gun and then sprayed the 3m on. I just kept the heat gun blowing a few feet away so it wouldnt freeze. After about 5 mintes the vinyl just squeegeed right off!!!!!!!!!!!!

Maybe its worth the $24!

The Kleen strip decal stuff I haven't tried yet. But if it works its about $12 savings from what I paid for the 3m remover.
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Keep me posted how it works if it is cheaper and works the same I will definitely try it.
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Will do. May be able to try the Kleen strip brand while I am off for Christmas break.

BTW.... The Wagon I am Removing it from is a AMC Eagle Wagon...
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