Removing trailer decals

I finally bought an enclosed trailer. 2004 CargoMate 5 x 10 in good shape for $850, how could I say no?:thumbsup: Anyways, it was covered in Decals (vinyl) from the Business that originally owned it. I thought some of you may have had this problem yourselves, so instead of trial and error, I figured I'd ask here...

What is the best method for removing the decals and cleaning the adhesive from the exterior? Any help would be greatly appreciated!

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Heat gun to warm and soften the stickers. Go slow and they should come right off

A hair dryer works too as long it's hot enough. You want the adhesive to come off with sticker.

Wash off residue with dish soap.

Thanks guys, I will give the hair dryer a try later today if I get the time. I was thinking of using denatured alcohol to remove any remaining residue. Gotta get it all clean before I can put some shop decals on it!

Thanks guys, I will give the hair dryer a try later today if I get the time. I was thinking of using denatured alcohol to remove any remaining residue. Gotta get it all clean before I can put some shop decals on it!

Just use "bug and tar remover" to get off any residual glue

You want a pin stripe removal wheel. Goes on a drill, is kind of like a giant eraser. Takes off the stickers and probably 95% of the glue, and won't hurt the paint. We used these a lot at one shop I worked at. Taking all th plumbing stickers off the side of a box van still sucked, but not as bad as trying to peel them off and then deal with the glue.

I know Napa and Car Quest carry em, probably most other auto places too.

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Personally, I'd use hair dryer/heat gun and do touch up for residue with mineral spirits/paint thinner, NOT LACQUER THINNER, NOR DENATURED ALCOHOL (isn't denatured also known as wood alcohol?---you don't want that going into your lungs nor your skin). That "eraser" thing in previous post sounds pretty effective, too, for the biggest part of the removal job.

For the spirits part of the job, I'd use plastic gloves of some sort, and allow extra time for spirits to dry before applying new stickers. I use RUBBING ALCOHOL to pre-clean when applying renewal stickers to license plates.

3m makes an adhesive remover, works great

Get yourself a heat gun,kinda like a hair dryer only hotter and a razor blade keep the blade really flat to the surface and the stickers will come right off. Clean up the glue residue with some lighter fluid and your in business.

I've used a heat gun and this stuff http://www.schaefferoil.com/specialty/739_citrol.html

It works better than any other product I have found or tried, and this includes 3M's stuff. Not only that, it is non-toxic, won't eat your hands up, and smells like oranges and doesn't get you high.

It'll even remove duct tape residue....and that's some nasty stuff.

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