My '66 Shasta Compact has two completely faded Shasta decals -- one on the front and one on the back. I want to replace with the reproduction decals that are available on e-bay, but I would like to remove the old decals first, hopefully protecting the original paint that is under the decal -- the original paint job is in pretty good shape and I do not really want to repaint the camper. There seems to be a thin cellophane film that is attached with glue. If I can get to the glue, I can probably use goo-gone, but I can't seem to be able to break through the cellophane -- it is very well attached. If only they had figured a way to keep the ink from fading, this would have been a fantastic original decal!
Anyone had any experience removing old decals, but preserving the paint underneath?
Thanks Brian. I'll try Oops! Wet sanding is an idea that I had not thought of. I now really only need to do the front decal as the back one seemed to buff out. The front seems to have had a clear layer over the top to protect the original decal. This is the part that seems to be difficult to remove. It's like baked-on celophane tape. Can't even get a fingernail under it. I thought about putting another decal over the top, but the edges are stained. Heat applied with a torch (carefully!) just made the metal pop and crack, but did nothing to release the celophane.
Brian -- I'll try your suggestions. If anyone has any others that you know work -- let me know!