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Old 09-13-2019
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To remove the reflective strips off try DECAL ERASER WHEEL from Aircraft Spruce https://www.aircraftspruce.com/catal...saAg1DEALw_wcB

I've used them to remove vinyl wrap material. Keep moving so not to burn.
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You've saved far more than that in labor thus far through your projects!

Just make sure the guy or girl is good. What will suck is to pay a premium for a mediocre job.

I used to use an auto detailer who would charge $150 or $175 for an SUV. She would spend 10 hours at my home! No joke. In the winter, she'd need to start at sun up to finish before dark.
Eventually, her body gave out and she only would do interior work.

Well worth it for a great job!
Look forward to the pictures.
I have confidence in this guy. He also gets paid half now and half after it's done, so I think that's fair for the sheer amount of physical labor they are putting into it.

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Before, during and after
I will take some nice pix today since the sun came out. I want to try to set up a timelapse somehow, too. That would be neat.
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OK I took a bunch of before photos. It helps that it rained a lot the last time I drove it. lol

Any recommendations for the 1/2" yellow/gold reflective stripe? I have found 3M 79923 at 60 cents a foot. Avery HV 1200 9003 is 32 cents a foot. Both are 7 mil thick, but no idea what else is different. I need over 300 feet!
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OK I took a bunch of before photos. It helps that it rained a lot the last time I drove it. lol

Any recommendations for the 1/2" yellow/gold reflective stripe? I have found 3M 79923 at 60 cents a foot. Avery HV 1200 9003 is 32 cents a foot. Both are 7 mil thick, but no idea what else is different. I need over 300 feet!
I can't help with a replacement, but several guys have used these https://www.homedepot.com/p/Lisle-Pl...B&gclsrc=aw.ds to remove the 3M clear plastic bra off the front of their buses, along with judicious use of a heat gun in stubborn areas. Some have said they park their bus outside and point the nose to the sun and that is all they needed. But you are getting to that time of the year, the sun won't help as much.
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Harbor Freight has them chisels for $10. Steamer works better than heat gun and want bubble the paint. Heat gun can bubble if you are not real careful and holding a good distance away from the paint. Sand paper for keeping the chisel sharp.

3m always, make sure it has a UV protection property to it.
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OK I took a bunch of before photos. It helps that it rained a lot the last time I drove it. lol

Any recommendations for the 1/2" yellow/gold reflective stripe? I have found 3M 79923 at 60 cents a foot. Avery HV 1200 9003 is 32 cents a foot. Both are 7 mil thick, but no idea what else is different. I need over 300 feet!
I ordered this:
http://www.generalrubberplastics.com...n-x-50-ft.html

To me its a perfect match, especially if you look at some of it that is behind something that has not been baked by the sun...
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Try an Astro Eraser Wheel. If you buy the kit it comes with a low speed air die grinder which I use more than my Sioux or Dotco grinders. They are great for polishing wheels.
I break the polishing chores up, like 10 ft today, 10 ft tomorrow, and so forth. Two wheels a day. Start with a 3 or 4 “ 600 grit scotchbrite ball. 2” for the holes.
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Unfortunately my coach is always outside which means I have to wash and wax it several times a year to keep the paint and clear coat looking good. I've had it professionally washed twice in eleven years the rest of the time I've washed and waxed it myself. Way back I could wax it myself in one day, now at 77 years old it takes me 4 days of about three hours a day especially doing the top which requires climbing up and down the ladder countless times. I used Maguires which I still like all those years until a few years ago when I met an exhibitor at an RV show who said he has been in the business all his life and there are only two produces he uses on the coaches he sells. One is Protect All and the other for the windows and aluminum wheels (which must be shinny already) the non-ammonia spray window cleaner in a blue can...I have lots of it, but can't remember the name - Costco and Amazon both sell it cheap. BTW, I learned how to buff my own wheels from a professional aluminum wheel buffer and bought the equipment and supplies. Once a year I do the wheels, takes me about 15 or 20 minutes per wheel then keep them looking good with the window cleaner. That Protect All works great on virtually every surface, wood, leather, glass, Corian etc. Cheapest price I've found on line is believe or not, is Camping World; I buy the gallon size last a long time and do my cars with it too.
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So many products, most of it seems like snake oil! I am making a short list of the ones you guys like...

I ordered two of those eraser wheels and I don't have a month to do this, so wish me luck.
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Forgot to mention I started using the Protect All on my tires too. They don't have a glaring reflective shine like the waterless tire shine I've used, but the Protect All gives them a good deep black that is real clean looking and supposedly a good UV protection and it is easy to apply; no I don't own any Protect All stock!
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