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desassoc

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Best way to remove old vehicle lettering
« on: August 04, 2010, 04:18:48 PM »
I've been asked to remove some vinyl letters from a car door.  I was considering hot day, and using a little pink chiseler I got from signwarehouse

what is the best way to remove adhesive residue?  I see a few vehicles running around with 'dirt' letters :)

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Re: Best way to remove old vehicle lettering
« Reply #1 on: August 04, 2010, 08:58:00 PM »
I have used glass cleaner with ammonia, Goop Off and a Body eraser.The glass cleaner is the safest of the 3.The Goop Off can strip some enamel paints.The Body Eraser works well for removing vinyl + glue but remember to keep it moving so that you don't burn the paint.
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Re: Best way to remove old vehicle lettering
« Reply #2 on: August 04, 2010, 09:43:36 PM »
They sell vinyl off and adhesive off I know you can find it here

www.earlmich.com
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Re: Best way to remove old vehicle lettering
« Reply #3 on: August 04, 2010, 10:00:21 PM »
36 grit on a mud hog, then i can paint the car also, LOL.  049.gif

But seriously i just heat and peel, then use 3m adhesive remover available at most auto supply houses. Best method ive found.

desassoc

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Re: Best way to remove old vehicle lettering
« Reply #4 on: August 05, 2010, 09:01:45 AM »
The car is a lexus, so a mud hog probably not the best idea, would be fun for a while though  :cheers:

I'll give the 3M a try.  The car is white, and it would really show any residue left there.

Thanks!!

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Re: Best way to remove old vehicle lettering
« Reply #5 on: August 05, 2010, 10:27:41 AM »
if its a lexus, i would heat lightly with a heat gn, peel it off then use the 3m remover to remove all the residue. It would be a snap and as long as there is no visable sun fade you would never be able to tell there was a graphic there. When i get out to the shop later i will post what specific product i am using from 3m for residue removal. Cant remember part number. But its easy to find.

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Re: Best way to remove old vehicle lettering
« Reply #6 on: August 05, 2010, 10:38:19 AM »
Anyone tried this??

WD-40 Use # 1434 -- removes stickers





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Re: Best way to remove old vehicle lettering
« Reply #7 on: August 05, 2010, 10:50:44 AM »
Either let the area bake in the sun for a bit or use a torch to heat up the decal... then use an adhesive remover to get the gooey stuff off. Goo-off works, and I've sucess with WD-40 as well... just be patient, and hope that you charged the customer enough hours @ $45 per hour for the job!

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Re: Best way to remove old vehicle lettering
« Reply #8 on: August 05, 2010, 12:48:22 PM »
 ;D I love that vid ... the sticker looked like it would have peeled off without problems by it's self ..and I love the " I'm soo tired sigh at the end " LOL  ;D

Too funny , good to know !! I will have to try that sometime !
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desassoc

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Re: Best way to remove old vehicle lettering
« Reply #9 on: August 09, 2010, 10:27:08 AM »
Only took about 45 mins (and that's only because I was extra thorough with the adhesive removal)

I used http://www.signwarehouse.com/TT-VR-p-HT-CHIZ.html (worked great)
and WD40.  I was surprised how easily it took off the adhesive residue

Thanks for all the help..

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Re: Best way to remove old vehicle lettering
« Reply #10 on: August 09, 2010, 10:28:50 AM »
 :thumbsup: :thumbsup: Exelent !!
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Re: Best way to remove old vehicle lettering
« Reply #11 on: August 09, 2010, 11:28:32 AM »
one of the main ingredients in WD40 is Kerosene - a solvent!
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desassoc

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Re: Best way to remove old vehicle lettering
« Reply #12 on: August 09, 2010, 01:54:47 PM »
if you believe Wiki..

WD-40's formula is a trade secret. The product is not patented in order to avoid completely disclosing its ingredients.[2] WD-40's main ingredients, according to U.S. Material Safety Data Sheet information, are:

    * 50%: Stoddard solvent (i.e., mineral spirits -- primarily hexane, somewhat similar to kerosene)
    * 25%: Liquefied petroleum gas (presumably as a propellant; carbon dioxide is now used instead to reduce WD-40's considerable flammability)
    * 15+%: Mineral oil (light lubricating oil)
    * 10-%: Inert ingredients

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Re: Best way to remove old vehicle lettering
« Reply #13 on: November 16, 2010, 05:21:39 PM »
A pink Chizzler and a heat gun then some soapy water or alcohol to wipe off the glue, Napthia is a ton of help for the dried out stuff and I've never had an issue with paint damage. I also carry a can of carnuba wax and Hondabrite to put the shine back in the finish.
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