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Old 07-07-2000, 04:45 AM
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Was talking to a friend the other day, who said that his father had done autobody work for his whole life.. and when he got older and wanted to use less elbow grease and more action, he would remove as much of that woodgrain label stuff or other similar large labels with the ole heatgun\scraper technique. Then he would just put on some GOOD rubber gloves and blast it with some Heavy Duty Easy Off oven cleaner.. this would eat right thru all that crud right to bare metal.. at which point he could clean it up and prime it . anyone ever try this?? Ive read a few articles on the web where people have used it for similar things.. and if you have ever used this stuff it is super nasty and must be handle with care but sounds like a possibility when i get around to stripping mine off (mabye then ill change my handle from clarkgriswald which is what all my friends have started calling me now). So if anyone has ever tried this or has any input please throw your two cents in.. perhaps this is messier than one would imagine but I can also imagine myself standing there with a can of label\adhesive remover scrubbing away with a rag.. not fun..

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Old 07-07-2000, 07:46 AM
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Yeah, the heat gun should work on the sticker. The easyoff will eat down to the bare metal. Never used it on a car, used it on other painted metals though.

Ps, N.L. Vacation RULES!!

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Old 07-07-2000, 01:26 PM
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I just pulled all the woodgrain off my 84 GW. I put on some heavy leather gloves and fired up the heat gun. When the woodgrain got hot enough, I rubbed it off with the gloves. It took the adhesive and the vinyl in one step. Worked great.
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Old 07-07-2000, 05:18 PM
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I used a hair dryer on mine . Once the metal got nice and hot it peeled right off. Well, it was a little more tedious that I made it sound but it worked, with no residue or anything left over.

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Old 07-08-2000, 05:04 AM
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I let it sit in the 100+ degree TX sun until 2:00, and it peeled right off...entire panels in single pieces. I still haven't got it off the tailgate, though--it's baked on or something, no amount of hair-dryering will get it off. Any suggestions?


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Old 07-08-2000, 05:33 AM
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Arent there also many small holes left when you remove the "trim" that surrounds the woodgrain stuff?? Shouldnt be much trouble to just weld em shut and grind em off i would imagine any insight here?? hehhe and yes Vacation rules... rusty.... rusty.. kids! .... dont shoot the family truckster russ!.. please... kids.... russ...

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Old 07-08-2000, 05:49 AM
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<BLOCKQUOTE>quote:</font><HR>Originally posted by Baker:
I still haven't got it off the tailgate, though--it's baked on or something, no amount of hair-dryering will get it off. Any suggestions?
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If I remember I had a little more trouble with the tailgate too. Since I was repainting the vehicle and was sanding down a good 3/4 of it due to rust anyways, I think I ended up just power sanding it off the tailgate =p



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Old 07-08-2000, 08:16 AM
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Don't know if this will work or not, but you could try pressure-washing the decal off. Let it get hot (sunlight should do the trick) and then let her rip! You can rent a high-powered press washer for around $30 a day, and when you're done with the woodgrain you can tackle the undercarriage.

Of course, I just bought a little C-H washer from Walmart: $100 and it blew all the caked-on oil and crud off my suspension bits and diffs. My mechanic loved me for it, and I think he adjusted his prices accordingly.

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Old 07-08-2000, 09:10 AM
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<BLOCKQUOTE>quote:</font><HR>Originally posted by ClarkGriswald:
Arent there also many small holes left when you remove the "trim" that surrounds the woodgrain stuff?? Shouldnt be much trouble to just weld em shut and grind em off i would imagine any insight here?? hehhe and yes Vacation rules... rusty.... rusty.. kids! .... dont shoot the family truckster russ!.. please... kids.... russ...

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Maybe on earlier ones, but my '84 had one pop rivet on each side, on the top front corner. If the pic works, the rivet's in the middle of the yellow circle.




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Old 07-08-2000, 03:48 PM
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Wow yes the picture worked.. so must be all those little plugs all along my outer trim piece are fake then?? is it just glued on there too?? I hope so that will make things much easier. Although a few of the plastic "plugs" are missing and looks like there is a rusty screw behind there.. I have an 88 G.Wagoneer.. Guess I'll find out once i tear into it.. Drivetrain and Suspension take priority over Body for now but I'll be there soon enough.. Thanx for the info.

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Old 07-08-2000, 06:27 PM
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Thick black foam-type double-sided tape on the trim...maybe it was the later ones that had rivets/screws, and the early ones didn't...maybe a Chrysler thing?

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