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Post Wed May 02, 2018 7:21 pm

MBX vinyl removal tool, views and opinions please?

Just had a first go with the MBX vinyl remover after a quick trial at the sign show.
I bought it with a view to speeding up the livery removal of a large fleet we look after, many of the older vehicles are being auctioned off & the client wants us to remove the old vinyl when installing on the new ones. Mainly tipper trucks so take around an hour & a half with a heat gun & scalpel. Really excited at the prospect of blitzing everything in minutes & found it took an hour & a half & rinsed two rubber disks at £15 each. It was really good with small thin text but not great with large graphics. My bubble has been burst to say the least, has any body had much experience with the liquid vinyl removers?
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Post Wed May 02, 2018 7:27 pm

Re: MBX vinyl removal tool

We use the rubber disks in a power drill. Great for small text as you say.

Tried vinyl removal fluids, 3M and another one, just seem to make a gloopy mess. So tend to use a heat gun and those pink picky things from signgeer.



You can really go at it with them, without damaging the paint.
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Post Wed May 02, 2018 7:30 pm

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Must say I was gutted. £300 to get covered in dust & save zero time. Maybe the old way is actually the most practical if a little soul destroying
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Post Wed May 02, 2018 7:40 pm

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Well I’m certainly pleased you posted this! I was just about getting ready to purchase after what I thought was an impressive demo at the Sign show! I think I’ll leave it after reading this!
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Post Wed May 02, 2018 7:44 pm

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Ok for small thin lettering, disks wear down quite quickly & makes a dreadful mess. Did the truck outside thankfully so didn’t need to clean up. Would have taken much longer if I had to sweep up after. Still, on the bright side, I’m told it usually costs a lot more than £300 to get covered in rubber in some industries.
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Post Wed May 02, 2018 9:54 pm

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Your fingernails are the fastest.
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Post Wed May 02, 2018 10:15 pm

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The only people who should use these tools - in my opinion, are car detailers who have the ability and tools to re-polish all the burn marks out of the paint agent finished going at it.

I still just tell my customers that I’ll do it as quick as I can at £40ph plus cost for whatever chemicals and rags I find work best!
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Post Thu May 03, 2018 6:18 am

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Ive had one for over 10 years and use it sparingly.
as you say it’s not good on large areas, but where it excels is reflective vinyl lettering, the kind that usually delaminates and then the silver part comes away in tiny chunks, it’s super fast on that.
It’s also really good at getting off the adhesive left behind after badges have been removed.

If you’re burning the paintwork then you’re not using the tool correctly, a side to side movement making sure the wheel stays flat and keep removing from the surface regularly ensures the heat doesn’t build up, It takes a while to get the hang of but the tool definitely has its uses and has got me out of “sticky situations” a few times.

We had one ‘vehicle wrap’ that was done with some hideous vinyl that we had to use a liquid remover on, we used a spandex own brand, it did the job but it wasn’t quick and it was nasty stuff.
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Post Thu May 03, 2018 9:33 am

Re: MBX vinyl removal tool, views and opinions please?

Got a reflective removal job coming up which I’ve been trying to dodge. It’s that that prompted me buying it so glad it works better on that as heat guns on that stuff don’t help much

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