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Need Help Best process to remove ghosting on brushed aluminum

Discussion in 'Tips & Tricks' started by Keep Austin Lit, Jan 4, 2020.

  1. Keep Austin Lit

    Keep Austin Lit New Member

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    Hello,
    I am new to the industry as an installer. I have a project which requires me to remove vinyl lettering from an exterior brushed aluminum sign and install new vinyl lettering. I am very confident their will be some ghosting once I remove the existing vinyl lettering. What are my options for removing the ghosting from the sign? I have heard of ghost off, white diamond and blue metal polish. Any advice and direction is greatly appreciated. Thank you for your time.
     
  2. Geneva Olson

    Geneva Olson Member

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    something mild you can probably use is goo gone. I'm assuming that the ghosting is adhesive. After that, you might be able to use dawn dish soap.
     
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  3. visual800

    visual800 Very Active Member

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    once you remove adhesive and clean the surface well, you can take a red scotchbrite pad and rub vertical or horizontal with the grain and "hide" any ghosting. I have done this with success instead of purchasing new aluminum
     
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  4. Keep Austin Lit

    Keep Austin Lit New Member

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    Actually, all adhesive will be removed. The existing vinyl lettering protects the aluminum underneath. It's the surrounding areas that are not protected and have been oxidized that causes the ghosting. Thank you for your input.
     
  5. Keep Austin Lit

    Keep Austin Lit New Member

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    Thank you very much. I appreciate your response and advice. I will give that a try and keep you posted.
     
  6. DustyCanine

    DustyCanine Multimedia Specialist

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    Once youre in the clear on this one i strongly recomend performing a biderectional alignment. a quick way to verify it is off would be to run the same media at the same head gap in uni-directional if possible.
     
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