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Removing Old Vinyl

Discussion in 'Tips & Tricks' started by RoadShow, Aug 3, 2012.

  1. RoadShow

    RoadShow New Member

    Jul 17, 2003
    Just had a customer with a van with about 10yr. old vinyl lettering and stripes that wanted it all removed and new put on. Arrg! thats a toughy.
    It just so happened it belonged to a PPG store. I was talking to them and they said PPG had a product to remove vinyl.(sure you do). Short of the wheel decal remover it probably won't work. So i said if you get me a sample of it I'll give it a try.
    Well gues what.. IT DID WORK! It's called Prep 502 Fleet Label/Decal Remover. Must have cut my time by at least 4 to 6 hrs.
    Follow instructions for set times. I've always looking for ways to get the old vinyl off and it did work very good.
  2. J Hill Designs

    J Hill Designs Major Contributor

    Sep 24, 2004
    I dont think I would use it on anything but properly applied automotive finishes:

  3. westpointsigns

    westpointsigns Member

    Jun 30, 2009
    I used a set of these and a heat gun on a 3' x 48' implement dealership sign with 10+ year old vinyl on it. I also used them on a 15 year old motor home to remove the old factory graphics with no heat (did it on a HOT day in direct sunlight).

    You can get better leverage for scraping and the length allows you to keep the heat on an area without burning your fingers.

    When they start to dull I sharpen them by pushing them over some 220 grit wet/dry sandpaper.

    I picked them up at Harbor Freight Tools on sale for $9.99.

    Just trying to add to the conversation.

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