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Re: Boot strip
Richard, My old cove stripe was probably 20 years old. The top layer in many spots was gone, and just the thin backing remained. Where there was tape it was cracked through. The Heat gun worked great, but because of all the cracking I could only peel tiny amounts at a time. No big peels. Often the top layer would come off leaving the thin backing, which I soaked in hot soapy water, to get most of it, then wiped the rest with acetone. I wasn't in a hurry, I did a section each spring for a few years until it was all gone. I wasn't going to let it keep me from getting in the water. Yes, moving the ladder was time consuming..would have helped to have a rolling scaffold.
If the tape wasn't aged and cracked the way it was, I imagine the whole job would have gone easier.
Ahh, sounds like your vinyl was way older/more destroyed than mine, mine may have been 6 or 8 yrs. Nasty job, that.
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