Lars, for some reason I could not get your e-mail address to work so here is an e-mail address that will reach me. Thanks Jack
Tango you ol troublemaker
Here are a few pics of the S&S I'm helping with. Being a sly old dog myself, I worked the whole thing around a way to remove that nasty reflective tape from a school bus:
1) Tools; 3-4" not too sharp scraper, heat gun, spray can of Goof Off, a can of lacquer thinner and lots of throw away rags.
2) Procedure; Heat an edge of the tape and back from the edge for about 4" The tape should not be heated enough to cause blistering (of the tape) but must be way too hot to touch. While maintaing the heat, slip the edge of the scraper under the tape and coax up a tab of tape large enough to pull with your fingers. Start pulling the tape off while continuing to heat the tape on the body. When the pull rate and the temperature of the tape are just right the tape will pull off taking its glue with it. If the tape starts to stretch, reduce the heat. If the tape keeps breaking or leaving the glue behind increase the heat. Avoid digging the scraper into the paint.
When the tape has been removed, spray the area with Goof Off and use the scraper to remove any remaining glue. Assuming the paint under the tape is seasoned, lacquer thinner may be used for final clean up. If you use either Goof Off or lacquer thinner it is best to do a test panel where it won't matter if either solvent damages the test area.
Notes: Read the safety warnings on both solvents and remember that improper use of a heat gun can start a fire.
Have fun and good luck
[b] Tools, solvents and old tape.
[b] If you plan on doing an automotive quality paint job on your bus, you will find that the tape will have protected the original paint while the un protected area will have worn away. This leaves an edge that doesn't lend itself to plain sanding. Prime only the worn areas and then sand the primer using a cross hatch pattern (using 320 grit non filling dry sand paper and a hard rubber sanding block) until you begin to see blotches of the original color showing through. Usually takes two applications.
[b] At the top of the primered area you can see where the edge of the tape used to be. If you put a finish coat over this area it will look like you painted over the old tape--the area needs more work.