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Marko

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Post Tue Feb 17, 2009 6:36 pm

Best way to remove graphics?

I needed to remove vinyl graphics (kind of half wrap actually) from a van today and while doing it I thought of the ways to do it. Never it is fun...

How do you do it?
Heat, chemicals, brutal power? Combination of all three?
Sand paper, angle grinder, paint on top?

on your opinion, what´s the best / quickest way to do it?
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Luke s Bremner

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Post Tue Feb 17, 2009 7:29 pm

I normaly use a hot air gun to remove the vinyl, recently I bought some Flexi Prep to remove the glue off a van after removing a full wrap. I have tried alot of thesee sorts or chemicals but have not had any thign work as good as this before. It took all the hard rubbing out of it and made the van look like it was polished.

Its worth the money.

http://www.uksignproducts.co.uk/product ... ode=FLPREP
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Ian Muir

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Post Tue Feb 17, 2009 8:50 pm

One way often used, remove vinyl with or without heat, remove glue with cellulose thinners and a soft plastic scraper and cloth (not on newly painted van though)....

Ian :lol1:
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Paul Munford

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Post Tue Feb 17, 2009 9:13 pm

I regularly have to remove vinyl from 6mm opal acrylic exhibition panels and use boiling water from the kettle! works a treat...not sure about a vehicle wrap though.
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Luke s Bremner

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Post Tue Feb 17, 2009 10:52 pm

Ian Muir wrote:One way often used, remove vinyl with or without heat, remove glue with cellulose thinners

Ian :lol1:


I used to use that to clean the paint out of my spray gun.
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Post Tue Feb 17, 2009 10:56 pm

I'm personally quite fond of the Avery Adhesive Remover, combined with the Surface Cleaner afterwards.
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Paul Humble

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Post Tue Feb 17, 2009 11:00 pm

Heat and then Rapid Remover by Rapid Tac, its superb stuff.
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Ian Johnston

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Post Tue Feb 17, 2009 11:42 pm

do what a local car dealer done with some of my graphics , USED A STEAM POWER HOSE :o :o ,
Yup his first phonecall afterwards was to me asking why the paint come of in places on a new car!!!!!!.

:lol1: i'm sure u can guess my reply
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Post Tue Feb 17, 2009 11:55 pm

A steam wallpaper remover can be a help........if removing large panels without much heat I tape up my knuckles to avoid losing some skin...been there had the bleeding fingers to prove it.

tar and glue remover or dare I say it petrol will remove the residue......or 3m Orange spray......you always get a comment about the pleasant smell :D

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Ian Muir

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Post Wed Feb 18, 2009 9:58 am

Luke s Bremner wrote:
Ian Muir wrote:One way often used, remove vinyl with or without heat, remove glue with cellulose thinners

Ian :lol1:


I used to use that to clean the paint out of my spray gun.


You would Luke, that's one of things thinners is for (gun wash is just cheap thinners anyway)......

It will also bring back like new, worked in grime, say like on front of a wagon, in a few seconds.

It's a bit worrying using thinners on a nice newish vehicle, that thought that it will bring paint off as well, but it doesn't, provided no new soft paint is present.

Thing is all these 'eco-solvents' are still trying to catch up in effectiveness with the old tried and tested powerful strong 'non eco-solvents' in my opinion.

Ian :lol1:
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Vic Adair

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Post Wed Feb 18, 2009 1:11 pm

Hi Marko,

Wee tip if the van is empty put a heater in side the back and let it warm up the van.

Heat guns are great too but be careful not to over heat as this can make sum adhesive stick more.

Use Rapid Remover from rapid tack, nothing better.

Polish off with compound this takes away ghost effect of previous lettering.

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Post Wed Feb 18, 2009 2:35 pm

I myself use lil´ chisler to lift the edge, heat gun to loose the adhesive and alcohol to remove the residue.

I was kind of hoping that somebody had found out some great new way to do this.

Has anyone tried the vinyl zapper?
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Marko

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Post Wed Feb 18, 2009 2:36 pm

I myself use lil´ chisler to lift the edge, heat gun to loose the adhesive and alcohol to remove the residue.

I was kind of hoping that somebody had found out some great new way to do this.

Has anyone tried the vinyl zapper?
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Vic Adair

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Post Wed Feb 18, 2009 4:18 pm

Marko, yes we have one excellent tool to have but you have to be careful when using on painted surfaces as too heavy pressure can leave burn marks. Never the less great machine. Bloody expensive thou.

Vic
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Post Wed Feb 18, 2009 5:11 pm

I wouldn't say an MBX is much good for removing a wrap although superb on small text. Be very careful not to let the surface get too hot though.

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Post Wed Feb 18, 2009 5:52 pm

Normal vinyl isn't a problem if you warm it up and peal it off.

Reflectives can be a nightmare.

The adhesives on sum stickers can be a pain.

The Zapper is also great for taking off double-sided tape left on when removing vehicle badges.

But like I said normal vinyls are easily removed warmed up.

Regards

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Post Wed Feb 18, 2009 6:39 pm

Vic wrote:Normal vinyl isn't a problem if you warm it up and peal it off.

Reflectives can be a nightmare.

The adhesives on sum stickers can be a pain.

The Zapper is also great for taking off double-sided tape left on when removing vehicle badges.

But like I said normal vinyls are easily removed warmed up.

Regards

Vic


I´m with you. The only problem with "traditional" way of removing is that it´s very time consuming.

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