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Removing printed fleet wraps

Discussion in 'Vehicle Wraps' started by altereddezignz, Mar 10, 2019.

  1. altereddezignz

    altereddezignz Active Member

    Apr 15, 2010
    i will be needing to remove 12 sprinter van wraps coming up in the next month or so.

    Any helpful info in the removal without leaving all the adhesive.

    Some have been installed from 1-3-5 years.

    Thank you.
  2. kanini

    kanini Member

    Jul 13, 2012
    If it's tough or brittle a steamer is the way to go. Had some DHL sprinters with yellow wrap all over and it was much older than yours, struggled at first getting just small pieces off but then used a steamer (wallpaper remover) and it worked like a charm. I've noticed a difference in steamers though so don't buy the cheapest one. Good luck!
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  3. TimToad

    TimToad Very Active Member

    Everything hinges on the quality of the material that was used, the exposure level and whether or not primer was used on the areas needing maximum adhesion.

    A good quality wallpaper stripper, plenty of elbow grease and a methodical approach works best.

    We've found that overrelying on chemical solutions alone turns the process into a messy, painstaking process.
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  4. GAC05

    GAC05 Major Contributor

    Dec 27, 2005
    Guam USA
    If this stuff works for you it will be much faster than the steamer:

    It worked very well for me with a small fleet of 40ft tanker trucks fully wrapped. Material 3M Scotchcal with lam, it was cracked and turning black on the parts most exposed to the sun. Got the vinyl to come off in large rubbery sections and softened the glue so it could be scrapped off with a plastic squeegee.
    You can get a sample bottle and see if it will do what you need. If it doesn't work you can always use it to shampoo the cat, it's citrus based and environmentally friendly.

    wayne k
    guam usa
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  5. Texas_Signmaker

    Texas_Signmaker Very Active Signmaker

    Oct 21, 2016
    Frisco, TX
    I vote for the wallpaper steamer. I did several vans last year and it went well...had em done in a few hours each.
  6. Precision

    Precision New Member

    Aug 26, 2017
    Jurupa Valley, CA
    We also use a steamer. We looked them up at Image one, but found that home depot sells the same model without the foam tips for less that half the price. Also Ace Hardware sells plastic razor blades, (only place I have found them so far),

    Glad to listen in on this one, and will definitely try using this product on the next one : http://www.crystaltek.us.com/crystaltek-vinyl-off.htm , as suggested by Wayne from Guam, USA in the previous post reply. (Thanks Wayne.)

    Hope this helps.
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  7. mkmieciak

    mkmieciak Lost Soul

    Aug 14, 2013
    Gurnee, IL
    Grimco sells plastic razor blades 100 @ $17.25.
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  8. TimToad

    TimToad Very Active Member

    We find the "Vinyl-Off" product works best on really old, cracked vinyl and decals. Newer wrap that hasn't had the laminate start cracking too much or dried out, seems to just make a really gummy mess instead of helping peel off larger pieces.
  9. fresh

    fresh Very Active Member

    May 16, 2011
    the key with this is that it needs to sit on the surface for a while to work. I will spray the vinyl and then stick a piece of leftover liner paper on top to prevent it from evaporating before it has a chance to work. I tried using it years ago and I thought it was garbage. Once I figured out that it needs to sit for a while to work and used the liner trick, I was very impressed at how well it works.
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  10. Kendall Woodman

    Kendall Woodman New Member

    Mar 5, 2019
    Florida USA
    How much are you charging for wrap removal?
    Thanks . Woody

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