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Author Topic: Vehicle Wrap (vinyl) removal  (Read 10162 times)
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« Reply #15 on: March 11, 2011, 07:11:45 AM »

Thanks all for the suggestions. I guess I'll have to dig out the old heat gun and get to it. I may try the Dad's that Pete359EX suggested but if the heat gun works out I'll just do it that way. To remove the adhesive remaining, I'm thinking acetone and a butt load of rags... (good thing I used to be in the t-shirt printing business).
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« Reply #16 on: March 11, 2011, 08:47:00 AM »

Keep in mind Paul, the Dad's I'm using on the paint. Don't know how it will react on vinyl. I will try when I get an opportunity.
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« Reply #17 on: March 11, 2011, 09:04:03 AM »

My bus had the wrap changed three times.  They just put another layer over the top. Shocked Now I am stuck with the Heat gun to remove.  Angry
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« Reply #18 on: March 11, 2011, 09:19:56 AM »

The pros I've been around, when faced with large vinyl wraps like a bus or semi trailer, use a propane weed torch as the heat source. It works really well. You have to be careful and always keep the torch moving, but it doesn't take long to heat and remove large sections of vinyl this way.

I have done this on a Freightliner tractor with fiberglass body panels and as long as you don't stop the torch in one spot for longer than a second or so, it works really well.

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http://tinyurl.com/propaneweed

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« Reply #19 on: March 11, 2011, 09:53:45 AM »

The commercial strippers I have used in the past didn't want to work Grin
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« Reply #20 on: March 11, 2011, 10:15:09 AM »

The pros I've been around, when faced with large vinyl wraps like a bus or semi trailer, use a propane weed torch as the heat source. It works really well. You have to be careful and always keep the torch moving, but it doesn't take long to heat and remove large sections of vinyl this way.

I have done this on a Freightliner tractor with fiberglass body panels and as long as you don't stop the torch in one spot for longer than a second or so, it works really well.

Like this:

http://tinyurl.com/propaneweed

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Cool, I may just give this a try as I have one of these we use to start our pits at cook-offs.... I'll let ya know how it works.
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« Reply #21 on: March 12, 2011, 05:13:07 PM »

Hey now BW just suggested a "cheap easy solution"!
Try getting it "de-identified!" 
Just take it down into the center of the gheto and park it with a dozen or so cans of spray paint next to it! I guarantee you when you come back for it........you won't recognize it! Wink
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« Reply #22 on: March 12, 2011, 05:19:33 PM »

Or... Just park it over night at the Bronx terminal market, nah! that won't work, the wrap will be gone as well as the wheels bumpers etc Cheesy
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« Reply #23 on: March 14, 2011, 04:38:46 AM »

I use my hot water pressure washer for removing the large decals on otr trucks, rental excavators, man lifts and the like. Over the years, I have scrapers and heat, but really hot water works for me because the decals can be several feet long on the large stuff. It can take the paint off, but normally I paint them when I get done anyway. Course, the pressure was a bit more spendy than a scraper...but a good investment, as it does great on mechanical components as well, which helps the resale value. Just a thought.
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