Originally Posted by woodyrock1
I want to remove peeling, cracking graphics and then put on new ones. I know when I remove the torn, cracking, peeling ones I will have a fingerprint of the graphics that were there. I was hoping maybe someone tackled this project themselves that can give me ideas such as waxing off this fingerprint as well as putting on new graphics(which will be the same as original graphics). I should have been more specific to my original post, sorry.
I just got through with a similar project. Four of my graphics on the front cap were in terrible shape. They were dried out, cracked, discolored, and baked on. None of the heat or chemical methods of removing them worked... at all.
I found the Whizzy Wheel: https://www.amazon.com/Whizzy-Remova...+remover&psc=1
This product actually works very well! The instructions say to use a drill with speed of 2k to 4k so I had to buy a cheap drill at Harbor Freight that was fast enough. 3/8 in. Variable Speed Reversible Drill
The Whizzy Wheel took the old vinyl off in short order, but left about 80% of the dried up glue. I used acetone (won't hurt gelcoat) to soften the glue and then employed the plastic razor blades that came with the Whizzy Wheel and it came right off without any damage to the gelcoat.
Then I went over the cap with the Meguiars Fiberglass Oxidation Removal kit https://www.walmart.com/ip/MEGUIAR-S...ystem/29077962
and now the cap looks great. I used a dual action buffer also bought at Harbor Freight 6 in. 5.7 Amp Heavy Duty Dual Action Variable Speed Polisher
Of course there is still the 'ghosting' of the old decals but I like the way it looks actually. If your ghosting isn't as severe, the Meguiars product might remove it entirely.
I did use the Whizzy Wheel on another vinyl graphics on the RV that wasn't dried out and it took off the graphic AND the glue in short order just as shown in the videos you can find in a google search.
I've attached some pics that shows the Whizzy Wheel, the before pic, the during pic of the remaining glue, the cap with graphics removed and half of the cap refinished with the Meguiars kit, and the final pic.
I wouldn't of been able to accomplish this without the Whizzy Wheel.
Hope this helps! Good Luck!
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