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body cladding removal

Postby Allmntrider [OP] » January 14th 2014, 4:25pm

I removed my cladding this weekend. There was nothing wrong with it,I just think it looked like my van received a Botox injection. I used a heat gun, razor blade, plastic putty knife ,and lacquer thinner. It took me longer to remove the adhesive then to do the lift. But it was totally worth the time to remove it. I also started the new bumper. when I get it done in the next few day's I'll post a picture and explain what I used and how I did it.
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Re: body cladding removal

Postby 97cargocrawler » January 14th 2014, 5:28pm

Sounds good....but we have to wait to see the bumper?!! I want to see it now, I'm popping some corn...
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Re: body cladding removal

Postby Allmntrider [OP] » January 14th 2014, 6:03pm

In due time.I'm taking pictures as I go. Then I'll have the wife down load them for me. She takes care of the technological issues ,I'm in charge building cool stuff.
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Re: body cladding removal

Postby PMBSafari » January 16th 2014, 10:37pm

I am in the process of doing this right now.... The lift and shocks were definitely quicker. I used a heat gun, but if you aren't careful, the heat gun will do some damage.
What are y'all doing to coat the newly exposed areas? Ryno?
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Re: body cladding removal

Postby Allmntrider [OP] » January 17th 2014, 4:42am

My original intention was to use herculiner.I planned on shooting it on with my hvlp gun.But since I was very careful, and my paint is in great shape I'm just going to wax it real good. good luck with your endeavor.The bumpers getting closer but my bicycle has to be ridden.
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Re: body cladding removal

Postby grond » February 11th 2014, 6:29pm

You gonna post these pictures any time soon? I wanna take my cladding off, but need a little "visual reference" to help me along. :)
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Re: body cladding removal

Postby thegreenmachine » February 11th 2014, 10:17pm

"that looks legit"

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Re: body cladding removal

Postby Allmntrider [OP] » February 11th 2014, 10:52pm

Nice passenger side shock. I had my drive side do the same thing about 35miles down a dirt road.look at the pictures on my profile. Most of the pictures are with the cladding. The most recent picture is with the brush guard. look at the side of the van no cladding. my burn break is over now. Gotta get back to burning some steel(welding up a rack for my buddies daughters Cherokee.). If you have any further questions about any procedure I used. Feel free to ask.
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Re: body cladding removal

Postby Allmntrider [OP] » February 11th 2014, 11:58pm

I went through my phone pictures of the cladding removal. They didn't turn out well .I have a non smart phone so my camera sucks. The only other camera I have access to is my wife's Nikon 3200. Being that I've ruined 5-6 cameras in the last few years on backpack trips in GCNP. I know not to use it without super vision. Besides if you saw the mess it made to save the paint underneath you wouldn't want to deal with it at all. The cladding was super easy. The adhesive on the other hand was lame.After lacquer thinner, wd40,a box opener, metal and plastic 1 inch putty knives, and about 4hrs of gentle scraping, spraying, and green brillo padding I got enough of the adhesive removed to not feel like a scumbag in parking lots. I originally planned on bed lining like green machines but the paint was so pristine I had to do the dirty deed of adhesive removal. If you do remove it you will need to get the fender trim from a donor van. My vans is white so I had a choice of 4 sets at the jy. Good luck if you go for it.
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Postby kennysmoke » February 12th 2014, 12:07am

What color is your cladding? I was hit and run the day after Christmas and need the piece from behind drivers door to front of the rear wheel... mine is gold. If yours is gold as well would you consider selling it?
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Re: body cladding removal

Postby Allmntrider [OP] » February 12th 2014, 12:35am

silver. If you can't find one in your area there are two gold Astros at the jy in my area. Not sure what year but I can look Thursday while I'm pulling a t-case for my conversion. I would gladly pull one and ship it to you for cost plus freight. I'm in northern Arizona. But astro's are so dime a dozen at the jy I'm sure one's closer to you.
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Re: body cladding removal

Postby kennysmoke » February 12th 2014, 1:04am

I've been searching here with no luck so far... my van looked mint till the a-hole hit and ran me while I was in the store getting my lunch... I was in the store 5 mins tops and unfortunately the stores security cams didn't have that view. So the cladding is just held on with adhesive tape? I may take you up on your offer if I can't locate one here... I live near Buffalo NY... Thanks for the reply!
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Re: body cladding removal

Postby Mathil » February 15th 2014, 6:32pm

I used a heat gun to make the cladding more pliable for ripping off. After that the double sided tape is still stuck there in all it's foamy glory. The trick for the adhesive is to use a striping remover. It's basically a big round disc eraser... A rubber compound that is safe for the paint. I chucked mine in a drill and ran the drill fairly slow with a goodly amount of pressure. It took about 15 minutes to get all the adhesive off. Final cleanup with some acetone (yes, it's safe on old paint) and done.

Here's a similar product to what I used... I used a 3M (money, money, money) version from my paint supplier.

http://www.amazon.com/Astro-Pneumatic-4 ... 55-2389604
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Re: body cladding removal

Postby Allmntrider [OP] » February 17th 2014, 11:26pm

Glad to hear your endeavor went better then mine.I used a heat gun to remove the cladding also. It worked really good. I wish I had went and bought the 3m disc. But I had already made such a smeared mess with the lacquer and the closest paint store to my house is 20+miles. so I just kept at it with what I had in my shop. all and all Live and learn. I must remember to go buy this magic disc for the removal of the weirdo factory decal on my van the next time I'm out that way.
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Re: body cladding removal

Postby Mathil » February 18th 2014, 3:01am

Allmntrider wrote:Glad to hear your endeavor went better then mine.I used a heat gun to remove the cladding also. It worked really good. I wish I had went and bought the 3m disc. But I had already made such a smeared mess with the lacquer and the closest paint store to my house is 20+miles. so I just kept at it with what I had in my shop. all and all Live and learn. I must remember to go buy this magic disc for the removal of the weirdo factory decal on my van the next time I'm out that way.


I keep them handy, you never know when you'll have to remove some tacky striping or some business logo from a crusty old Astro... :screaming:

Best to keep them in a ziploc, away from dirty things though, as anything embedded will scratch the paint.
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