RV stripes and graphics can make a plain RV look fabulous. And if they are painted on the RV you just have to maintain the painted RV surface. But if the RV stripes and graphics are made from vinyl material they will eventually wear out. This is because the sun’s UV rays dry out and crack the vinyl exposing the adhesive underneath.
So how do you remove old RV stripes without investing a ton of time and energy? Well I am going to show you 2 methods of RV stripe removal that will make the job much easier.
Remove Old Stripes With Heat
If you try to remove old vinyl stripe material without heat, you are in for a difficult project. But if you use a heat gun like the ones often used to remove wallpaper, it gets much easier. And it doesn’t have to be an expensive heat gun either. Even a cheap model will produce enough heat for the job at hand.
But when you remove the stripe with heat, most likely it’s going to leave the old adhesive behind. And this is where the going gets really tough. Many RVers use all sorts of products to remove the adhesive. Everything from mineral spirits to lacquer thinner. But the professionals use products that work much better than those chemicals. And are easier on the RV surface.
For several years I have used a product called “Rapid Remover” by RapidTac. It is not made to remove the vinyl stripe, just the adhesive it leaves behind. And it does an outstanding job of that. Just spray it on, wait a few minutes for it to soak in. Then remove the adhesive with a plastic squeegee and a paper towel. You can also use plastic blades but you have to be very careful if you do. It will still take some effort but nowhere near the poor results of other methods. Click on the image below for information about Rapid Remover.
Remove RV Stripes With A Decal Eraser Wheel
Another professional method for removing old RV stripes and graphics is to use a decal eraser wheel. These have been in use for several years now and they can make a difficult job much easier. They will not only remove the vinyl decal but the wheel will also take off the adhesive at the same time. This makes it a real time saver!
The decal eraser wheel simply attaches to any household drill and uses the power of the drill to do its work. You can’t use it on plastic surfaces or painted aluminum, but it’s safe to use on most other painted metal surfaces. Just test on an inconspicuous painted area first, just to be sure.
This product alone can turn days of drudgery into a much smaller project in no time. If any adhesive residue is left over, the Rapid Remover product listed above can take care of that easily too. Click on the image below to learn more about a using a decal eraser wheel.
When To Remove Old RV Stripes And Decals
Unfortunately, I have seen many RVers wait until their old stripes and decals are heavily cracked and faded before doing anything. That is a big mistake! When vinyl stripe material starts to crack and fade, the sooner you get it off the better. This is because as time goes on the vinyl cracks become worse and the pieces of material become smaller. Then it takes much more effort to remove them no matter what method you use.
However, if you want to make your RV stripes and decals to last as long as possible, I recommend using 303 Aerospace Protectant on a regular basis. This product is an exceptional UV inhibitor. So it prevents the sun’s UV rays from doing much of its damage if you use it often enough. I recommend applying the product at least once a month on vinyl RV stripes and graphics. If you do, you can extend the life of your RV decals considerably. Learn more about this exceptional product by clicking on the image below.
I hope you learned something valuable from this discussion of how to remove RV stripes and graphics that are old and peeling. Have safe and happy travels my friends!