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Removing Arlon Truck Wrap

Discussion in 'Vehicle Wraps' started by daenterpri, Oct 3, 2012.

  1. daenterpri

    daenterpri Member

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    A customer hired me to remove vehicle wrap graphics since they sold their truck. A different sign company in town did this wrap and they used Arlon. One side came off fairly clean, but the other side is coming off horribly. It's like the adhesive and the truck have become one and it will not come off.

    I've used heat and it doesn't seem to work. And where it will come off, it leaves the adhesive on the truck. And the adhesive doesn't seem to gel up like most adhesives do with RapidRemover. I'm not sure what to do to remove the rest of these graphics so any help would be appreciated.

    I've attached some pictures. In one picture you can see drip lines in the adhesive that makes me wonder if the last sign company used some sort of adhesive along all the edges. Is that possible? Along all the edges is where the trouble is.
     

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  2. SightLine

    SightLine Very Active Member

    Wowza! Looks like someone went nuts with primer 94 using a big dripping wet paintbrush. Lol, that's gunna su"k. Sorry but you have your work cut out for you. Gallon of xylol, get a rag truly sopping wet with it, keep the primer and adhesive wet for a minute or two, use a white chizler and scrape a layer off, repeat many many times. Careful with the xylol around any plastics, rubber trim, etc. The car will be in severe need of a wax job when its done. Hope you quoted hourly on this....
     
  3. daenterpri

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    Yes, I'm hourly on this :)

    This is on a very very nice Dodge pickup... some I'm trying to be cautious. But ya, it's been miserable so far. :(

    Thanks for your help!
     
  4. 401Graphics

    401Graphics Very Active Member

    i would inform the customer that the company that wrapped it really screwed it up, and possible damage may occur
     
  5. daenterpri

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    Thanks for the suggestion. I tried he Xylol idea for about an hour this evening. I was only able to get about 8-10 sq/in in about 1 hours time. There are a good 300+ sq/in left. I sent them an email this evening informing them of everything to see how they would like me to proceed.

    Thanks for the suggestions guys. I have that Primer on my shelf, but I've never felt the need to use it... and now I probably never will! It's a nightmare.
     
  6. TXFB.INS

    TXFB.INS Very Active Member

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    Primer is for the deep creases and sharp contours, NOT what they did!

    good luck with that
     
  7. JoshLoring

    JoshLoring Very Active Member

    This is why I use Oracal. Fudge tape primer!!! Never have.. Never will.
     
  8. john1

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    Lol damn
     
  9. visual800

    visual800 Very Active Member

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    oh hell no I wouldnt have taken this on! Ive been asked to remove the wrappings and tell them to go back to who did it. I refuse!
     
  10. signage

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    :goodpost:
     
  11. Suz

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    Wow! You must have sore arms and I'm sure your lungs aren't happy either. Hopefully you are wearing a mask. This is brutal on the body, hope you survive!! I've been removing some old cad cut vinyl on many square feet of aluminum faced signage, trying to salvage to save my Client some money when making new signs, but feeling sorry for myself. It's a lot of work!!!! But seeing what you have to do, I don't feel so sorry for me! Anyhow, hang in there! Please post a pic when you get done with this and show us how it looks.
     
  12. signage

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    Suz isn't your time worth more than the aluminum? I think we have all done this only to learn we/you are better off replacing the aluminum.
     
  13. john1

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    I don't like you, But do agree with you on this reply. :thumb:
     
  14. daenterpri

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    My fingers are very very sore this morning. Don't worry, I used a mask and a gloves :) Still waiting to hear back from the customer on how they wanted to proceed. I probably have a good 300+ sq/in left and last night it took me an hour to do 10 sq/in!!!!

    I've advised them to have their own employees complete this since it's expensive to have me out there for another 10-30 hours. However, I may advise them to take it to who they got the wrap from.

    Thanks folks!
     
  15. Suz

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    Brian, Yes, I'm discovering that! LOL!!!!
     
  16. daenterpri

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    17 man hours later we are done removing that wrap. Thanks for the Xylol tip! It worked great!
     
  17. SightLine

    SightLine Very Active Member

    It generally will get the job done without damaging the paint. Not very pleasant stuff but it works well. Just don't try it on a trailer or some low end single stage enamel paints. It can soften and remove them.

    We always have a couple of gallons of xylol around though. Works faster than most anything else but we do keep some less aggressive stuff around as well for more delicate finishes and surfaces.

    Glad you were able to get it done and it worked for you. As I mentioned, the paint is absolutely unprotected now, it desperately needs to be thoroughly washed and waxed asap.
     
  18. daenterpri

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    Ya, I made that very clear to them. :) Thanks again! Learn something new most days.
     
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