I'm an experiential learner (I screw thing up a lot)....and don't mind laughing at my own mistakes. With that said, After 3 years of looking, I bought a used SMB a couple of weeks ago and drove it 1200 miles home. The exterior is in excellent condition. Lots of shiny clear coat. Seems to have spent a lot of time in the garage.
Off white with 3 stripes around the middle, about 12 inches wide total, light blue, light brown, light blue.
I didn't like the stripes. A little dated looking for me. Lots of research. Hmmmm....a heat gun will take those right off. No luck.
Ok. Easy off oven cleaner will take those right off.....not really.
How about a 3M Stripe Eraser....ouch!.
End result, about 1/2 of the stripes are removed from the left rear door, in mangy patches. Looks like hell.
Off to a body shop to put either put it back the way it was or finish removing the stripe. Well, removing not an option, they are painted on. I would need to repaint the whole van. Just to fix the door back to original condition? $2400.
I think a nice black, no skid surface will look good there. I'll cover it with the spare tire and mount I just ordered this morning.....
Lesson learned. Anybody got a ballpark figure on repainting the whole van?