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    Posted: 10 Jul 2017 at 10:28am
Hi, our 6 year old Pod has much of the decal material peeling off and leaving a residue of the adhesive on the surface of the Pod. Any ideas on how to remove them without damaging the surface?
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: 10 Jul 2017 at 10:42am
Blow dryer or heat gun, go slow and easy.. when new, a sunny day will do it, but after 6 years.. will need some help. Then clean the residue with goo gone, and finally hit it with a good cleaner wax which will remove most of the shadowing.
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: 10 Jul 2017 at 4:11pm
WD 40 or goo gone, once decaled is removed either will take of adhesive. I like blow dryers, because the heat is controlled, I have a heat gun that will blister paint. Elbow grease and patience.
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: 11 Jul 2017 at 1:45pm
I have the opposite problem. The decal on my 2016 R-pod is coming off just barely around the edges, only on the front. I'm thinking of cleaning it good then using epoxy carefully to glue it back down. Any suggestions?
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: 11 Jul 2017 at 4:41pm
Never tried that henry. I applaud your tenacity. End of the day I don't think it will work, may be a temp solution. Try it and see how it works, and if it doesn't replace the decals if you want them.
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: 11 Jul 2017 at 5:02pm
We took off all the swirly stickers from our 2009 172.  It looks a lot better just plain white.  Most of the stickers were peeling at the edges and some were much worse.  I used a heat gun and a razor window cleaner to peel them as I heated the glue.  Some came off very well, while others left a lot of glue. 

I tired Goo Gone Pro-Power and it seemed to work after spraying, letting it sit, then going at it with the razor scraper.  I washed it to get the Goo Gone off and all seemed well.  But a while later in the NV heat and dust, I noticed that the glue was still there in many places and it was retaining an nice layer of Comstock mine dust on the sticky parts.  

I guess I'll give it another pass with Goo Gone in when the season ends and will try buffing it off with fiberglass cleaner after washing off the Goo Gone.  Personally, I wish they'd leave the stickers off if they can't get them to permanently stick.  They aren't all that attractive anyway.  

Maybe FR should try some price tag glue.  I can't recall how many products I've ended up defacing because I couldn't get the price tag off, especially when it's posted over critical information about safe use. 
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: 11 Jul 2017 at 5:37pm
The glue is the hardest part of removal. I use WD40 and a plastic scraper, the razor scrapers can cause a "dig issue". All about elbow grease.
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: 12 Jul 2017 at 11:33am
I've decided to just let it be. So much for tenacity mcarter, but thanks for for the information I could eventually replace them. Or do like lostagain and just remove them. I don't want to use a glue which could just make it harder down the road. It just seems like a 2016 should not be pealing already.Anybody know if a waranty covers it? By the way, I have been trying to contact the dealer where it came from for other parts, but they don't get back to me.
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: 12 Jul 2017 at 1:41pm
Mike, I tried the plastic scraper route and it didn't work.  I saturated the glue with Goo Gone waited several minutes, then attacked it with the plastic scraper and it just slid over the top of the glue.  I even tried using abrasive fiber, like Scotch Pads (green), and it took a little off, but I realized it was going to take a very, very long time.  I resorted to the razor scraper as a last resort and realize that if you are not very careful, you can gouge the gelcoat of the fiberglass.  All you can do in that regard is be very careful.
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: 12 Jul 2017 at 3:53pm
Lostagain, can't argue. and I agree you have to be careful with razor scraper, just removed an ugly decal from door and resorted to same method as you.
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