I really didn’t fancy spending the time and effort needed to properly strip it all down and re-coat or paint so I took some chances and splashed out 8 quid on ebay getting one of this bad boys:
didn’t expect much of it other than maybe a potential electrocution but to my surprise it works great. I started by removing the handles and gently heating the vinyl with the gun (you need to be careful – too much and it will boil and bubble up) until I could grab it with tweezers and re-shape. The heat will also activate the glue underneath so it’s handy to have something flat at hand (like a plastic squeegee) to smooth out the vinyl and make it stick. With a bit of time and patience you can get a pretty good finish.
Not bad eh?