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10yr Old Wrap Removal Suggestions

Discussion in 'Vehicle Wraps' started by WorxMedia, Apr 6, 2018.

  1. WorxMedia

    WorxMedia New Member

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    We have a client that is wanting to rewrap their 18 wheeler box truck. We will have to remove the wrap that has been on the trailer for at least 10yrs (woohoo). My normal "go-to" to removal is using a heat gun/torch and rapid remover for any residual adhesive. For larger areas I will use a weed torch and hit it with rapid remover. I have never had to remove a wrap this old (and not looking forward to it). I came across this video on youtube and wondering if anyone knows what the "secret recipe" chemical they are using to remove their vinyl. Im not trying to spend 2 weeks removing vinyl off a 50' trailer. lol Thanks for any suggestions!

     
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  2. HDvinyl

    HDvinyl Beyond Most

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    An acetone mix is my guess.
     
  3. Gino

    Gino Major Contributor

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    There's a website and contact information on that video. Why not contact them ??
     
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  4. 2B

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    we found that the use of a high pressure heated sprayer works great


    just be aware that the vinyl will shred and go EVERYWHERE ,so do it in an enclosed area that is easy to clean afterwards
     
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  5. tim99

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    methylene Chloride Solvent is "melt" away the wrap. its got a high price tag imo not to mention it will burn your skin if your not careful
     
  6. TimToad

    TimToad Very Active Member

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    I don't know what it is, but the video leaves too many questions left unanswered for me.

    How old is the wrap? Is it temporary transit wrap? Is it even laminated? If its super hot stuff, why isn't it dissolving the ink? Where do I get some?
     
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  7. 2B

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    agree, the way it is bubbling, there is either a diluted form of methylene Chloride Solvent or a like product
     
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  8. petepaz

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    i have never used it but i have heard people use wall paper remover steamers
    [​IMG]
     
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  9. WorxMedia

    WorxMedia New Member

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    I called and left numerous voice mail messages and no response. I dont think they want to share their "secret recipe". I thought sharing is caring. They would make bank selling that stuff haha.
     
  10. WorxMedia

    WorxMedia New Member

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    I dont think what they are using is methylene. They have no face mask on as they are spraying it and they are using their bare hands to pull it off. On the video it says its a mixture of bio-degradable chemicals. Im going to mix rapid remover with something and try to come up with my own solvent lol.
     
  11. ams

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    I am surprised no one mentioned the MBX Vinyl Zapper yet. It would take awhile, but it removes both the vinyl and adhesive.
     
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  12. GAC05

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    We had similar results using this:
    Vinyl-Off by CrystalTek™ Green products that work
    It worked on old cracked printed Controltac and even older Electrostatic Scotchcal off 42ft aluminum fuel tanker trailers.
    Just had to leave it on long enough for the vinyl & adhesive to turn into rubbery snot.

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  13. Texas_Signmaker

    Texas_Signmaker Very Active Signmaker

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    I feel bad for whoever tries to remove a 53' trailer wrap with the zapper.

    I remove wraps with the steamer. Many times I can pull a wrap off a box truck by hand but you have to pull it off carefully, and I make sure I position the truck in the sunlight.

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  14. GAC05

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    Covering a 50'x8' panel 2 or 3 inches at a time with a handheld buffer does not sound like a good time to me.
     
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  15. ams

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    Well it depends on how much people are struggling with other methods. If the traditional way doesn't work and the other options, the MBX vinyl zapper will take awhile but will work regardless.
     
  16. Gino

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    You're gonna go through a coupla 100 wheels, too.
     
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  17. rjssigns

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    What about cleaning up what's there and going over the top? Surprised the trailer is still on the road. Normal use kills them in about 5 to 6 years on average. Friend of mine did that last week. Trailer was getting near the end of its life and client didn't want to pay for removal.
     
  18. equippaint

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    The problem with chemicals is disposal. Biodegradable or not, in most places if you wash that stuff onto the ground and get caught you will be in a mess of trouble. You cant just put it in the trash either.
     
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  19. Grizzly

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    Does it have to come off? Why not just wrap over the top. Tons of trucks we do have 2 plus layers of vinyl.
     
  20. Texas_Signmaker

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    If the underlying wrap is still good then, yes wrap over it. But if it's starting to flake off then it will take the new one with it.
     
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