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tips for removing frosted glass films

Discussion in 'General Signmaking Topics' started by the graphics co, Feb 10, 2014.

  1. the graphics co

    the graphics co Active Member

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    any tips for success? I heard soaking it with a soap and water and putting some plastic sheeting on it for an hour or two makes it easier, anyone done this with success?

    I have a pretty sizable removal coming up and would like to be able to knock it out with some efficiency.

    Thanks in advance
     
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  2. ChicagoGraphics

    ChicagoGraphics Major Contributor

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    If you cut it into strips and heat it up it removes quickly
     
  3. Christian @ 2CT Media

    Christian @ 2CT Media Major Contributor

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    200 degree steam wands work well
     
  4. the graphics co

    the graphics co Active Member

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    thanks!!
     
  5. MikePro

    MikePro Major Contributor

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    soaking in water has never worked for me... I'd assume that the vinyl has stayed up as long as it has because it was able to stand-up to moisture.
    heat gun and patience has always been my favorite method, otherwise mmmmaybe one of these?

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  6. Jillbeans

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    I'd be really leery of using heat on a window.
    (especially in winter) for fear of it cracking.
    I think I'd use a razor scraper (carefully so you don't scratch the glass)
    Then clean off the residue with rapid remover.
    Love....Jill
     
  7. the graphics co

    the graphics co Active Member

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    good to know, i would hate to waste two hours waiting for the soak and find out it doesn't work.

    I will pass on the zapper, with my luck the glass would explode the second i touched it with that thing. :smile:
     
  8. Christian @ 2CT Media

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    The steam isn't meant for soaking its for non flammable heat and to keep the vinyl moisturized to prevent it coming off in chips... Steam is the same way you remove window tint.

    Here is a steamer manufacturers video:

    [video=youtube;qllMjRkiS9M]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qllMjRkiS9M[/video]
     
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  9. MikePro

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    removal from glass eh?
    most hardware stores carry large scraper tools that have worked well for me in the past. it gets messy with all the shavings, but if the stuff just doesn't wanna peel then these are a nice tool to have ready in your toolbox, as a last resort:

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  10. the graphics co

    the graphics co Active Member

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    They are interior floor to ceiling seamless glass panels so temperature change won't be an issue.
     
  11. the graphics co

    the graphics co Active Member

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    I will pick one of those up.
     
  12. XtremeXccessories

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    Be careful what kind of scraper you get. Some of those 4" scrapers have thicker, harder blades that can scratch the glass. If they're floor to ceiling business windows then they're probably tempered so you should be ok, but if they just regular annealed glass then I'd recommend something like this with a stainless steel blade.
     
  13. TammieH

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    My tip: Have someone else do it! LOL

    But I do have one tip, if you use a scraper, round the corners a bit, just to take off that sharp corner to reduce the chances of gouging
     
  14. Bly

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    If you're scraping wet the whole thing down with soapy water so it falls off rather than smears.
    Old mate Cookie has video of the soaking deal. Never done it personally it but looks like something worth trying.

    [video=youtube;vqI2nEj1vo4]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vqI2nEj1vo4&feature=youtu.be[/video]
     
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  15. GAC05

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    This is from the tinting world - to remove rear window tint while trying to save the painted on defogger lines.
    We use a strong ammonia solution & cut trash bags to help soften things up.

    What makes this clip even more informative (& entertaining) is turning on the "auto closed captioning".......

    wayne k
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  16. Gman75

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    Removing frost

    That video is helpful if you have 2hrs to wait. By that time you can be done job.
    Using a good sharp blade with little pressure and cutting into strips is by far the best way. Use a heat gun to warm the vinyl up just to make pliable again if it keeps ripping.
    If it's leaving glue behind then play with the angle that your pulling it in and
    will help significantly. We remove a lot of this stuff and have perfected this method.
    If glue is left behind no sweat use a new razor blade some fluid eg windex and scrape it off. Hope this helps.
     
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  17. the graphics co

    the graphics co Active Member

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    thanks for the tips, everyone. The removal went smooth, heat and cut into strips worked like a charm.
     
  18. d fleming

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    +1, 4" sheetrock knife with long handle.
     
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