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Wrap Removal Help!!!

Discussion in 'Vehicle Wraps' started by ngates, Aug 23, 2012.

  1. ngates

    ngates New Member

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    Does anyone have any suggestions on removal? See attached Picture.

    The pieces are coming off about the size of a dime. If we use heat or no heat the size is all about the same just different amounts of adhesive left behind.

    Help!!!

    There has to be a better way!
     

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  2. SlightlyChilled

    SlightlyChilled Very Active Member

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  3. J Hill Designs

    J Hill Designs Major Contributor

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    wagner power steamer
     
  4. ngates

    ngates New Member

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    Wow, you guys are quick at responding. We've been praying. Praying that the customer would decide not to move forward with removal.

    We do charge by the hour for removal, but we certainly want to get this out of the shop as quickly as we can.
     
  5. Fred Weiss

    Fred Weiss Merchant Member

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    Rent a steam pressure washer or hire someone who has one. A Wagner will still be slow going but with a steam pressure washer you can blow the old vinyl right off without damaging the vehicle surface.
     
  6. SIGNTIME

    SIGNTIME Active Member

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    steamer or maybe vinyl off will help but it looks like youre gonna want to grab a snickers
     
  7. ngates

    ngates New Member

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    Yeah, I was just talking to one of my partners about needing a Snickers.

    I have a regular pressure washer. Do you think that would work?
     
  8. Fred Weiss

    Fred Weiss Merchant Member

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    The steam heat makes all the difference.
     
  9. houseofgrafix

    houseofgrafix none

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    a gallon of gas and a match

    but really! good luck!
     
  10. Craig Sjoquist

    Craig Sjoquist Major Contributor

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    Wagner steam cleaner works fine but still be slow but a lot faster then other methods if poor paint job it will peel up paint also.

    Pressure steam oh yeahh like to try that.
     
  11. MikePro

    MikePro Major Contributor

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    had a parking garage with large floor to ceiling wall murals.
    got a call, asking why our graphics were coming off just a few months after install.
    went to inspect, no debris on the adhesive, and tugging on the "dog-ears" wasn't releasing any more of the graphic.... really was scratching my head on this one.

    talking to staff, trying to get ahold of my contact onsite, I inquired about how they cleaned the murals... low and behold, they power-steam wash the entire garage on a weekly basis!!!

    quick discussion with my contact about the situation, we decided that I would fix the murals at no charge (i really just had to reheat/apply the graphics, just a few hours of extra labor but it made them really happy)
    ....BUT they were to never again be steam cleaned :)
     
  12. amw

    amw Member

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    We used to own a pressure cleaning business and had steam pressure washers. They can make quick work of vinyl removal (along with many other things). We still wish we would have kept one, it would have been handy!

    Marsha
     
  13. Mike Paul

    Mike Paul Major Contributor

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    Vinyl that bad you need to plow not pull.
    Heat gun, torch, steamer, hot power washer...

    Tell them no... :noway: pita
     
  14. FS-Keith

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    mother of god
     
  15. Kentucky Wraps

    Kentucky Wraps Kentucky Wraps

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    Look at this Beauty! One of my first jobs...black vinyl on van roof, scraped and banged up from drivers going through drive through's they shouldn't have.
    NIGHTMARE. Leaning over the top, fingers rubbed raw ...we turn those down.
     

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  16. SIGNTIME

    SIGNTIME Active Member

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    also you may want to get a pack of scrap-rite plastic razor blades
     
  17. WestbankKurt

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    Removal

    I worked at a shop that used some sort of eraser head on a power drill that body shops use and it took old vinyl right off.
     
  18. tylercrum

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    Fred, I have a horrible removal to do, but one of my customers is a tool rental place so I have access to a steam pressure washer, my question is, what temperature would you set it at? I don't want to guess and guess wrong and screw up the vehicle.
     
  19. heyskull

    heyskull Very Active Member

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    I hope this is not a wrap you applied!!!
    If not charge by the hour and state that it may need a re paint afterwards.
    I personally will not remove graphics/wrap of customers vehicles as they are never willing to pay for the time and materials used.
    Customers think us signmakers have magic machines that remove all that crud and make it look like new.
    I reckon that has been on way too long to ever hope of getting it of cleanly.

    SC
     
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