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Removing Vinyl Lettering on Equipment

Discussion in 'Truck & Equipment Repair' started by Meezer, Feb 26, 2014.

  1. Meezer

    Meezer Senior Member
    from Indiana
    Messages: 291

    I'm looking on buying a couple of used things that have vinyl lettering on them. What is the best way to remove the lettering & any any residue?
     
  2. Blizzard1980

    Blizzard1980 Senior Member
    Messages: 186

    heat gun worked for me
     
  3. Meezer

    Meezer Senior Member
    from Indiana
    Messages: 291

    Did it remove all the adhesive so you couldn't tell what was there?
     
  4. Blizzard1980

    Blizzard1980 Senior Member
    Messages: 186

    Yea, all glue comes off as you peel it. Key is to heat enough to loosen not burn. Heat little area at the time and work on peeling it as you go
     
  5. leolkfrm

    leolkfrm PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,414

    3m makes a glue release product in a spray can to help with the glue....that with a heat gun and plastic razor blade is a good combination
     
  6. peteo1

    peteo1 PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,659

    Goof off does a good job
     
  7. BMWSTUD25

    BMWSTUD25 Senior Member
    Messages: 630

    Heat gun will work, but most likely you will have residue that will need to be removed with a liquid. They also make small rubber wheels that go grinders and drills they can be slow on a big area but work great. They are also safe on paint, I've used them on multiple vehicles.
     
  8. speedy1wrc

    speedy1wrc Senior Member
    Messages: 107

    3m sticker remover as mentioned above. With or without heat. Goof Off of is also good, but the 3m works better I think.

    I would not use an eraser wheel. They are intended for pinstripes which are a different backing. The wheel will just push the vinyl around and embed the glue even deeper.
     
  9. IPLOWSNO

    IPLOWSNO PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,620

    Heat gun my ass what a pain in the ass,

    Go to a napa or auto store and get an eraser wheel mount it on a drill and get it done **** cones off in seconds don't focus on one spot just get going and you will see how easy it cones up and just go from there

    Cons on a heat gun, you ruin your paint, you melt the decal and you burn your friggen fingers been there done that!
    Eraser wheel takes off the glue as well blow the remains off and clean it with thinner
     
  10. leolkfrm

    leolkfrm PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,414


    then you were rushing and had it too hot......
     
  11. jasonv

    jasonv PlowSite.com Addict
    from kannada
    Messages: 1,114

    You're doin' it wrong.
     
  12. IPLOWSNO

    IPLOWSNO PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,620

    Built **** I've done tons of sticker removal, best tool to use is an eraser wheel period,

    My whole van was vinyl flames, heat that much area the vinyl cones off the adhesive stays got to clean that!

    Bought the eraser wheel and was done in a hour!!

    All the bikes I've painted I also used an eraser wheel, doesn't matter how old or brittle it is either everything comes off!!

    I don't use vinyl anymore now I paint my graphics on
     
  13. jasonv

    jasonv PlowSite.com Addict
    from kannada
    Messages: 1,114

    Its pretty easy to take the adhesive off. Shop towel with a bunch of paint thinner, wipe it down and its clean.

    You were talking about burning yourself and blistering paint. That is definitely doing it wrong, because you massively overheated the pain, and did not use the right kind of tools for scraping off the sticker -- which would have prevented you from burning yourself.
     
  14. BMWSTUD25

    BMWSTUD25 Senior Member
    Messages: 630

    I've done a few, and a close friend of mine has a vinyl shop and has done many for years. I can tell you when they have to strip multiple vehicles to re-letter them or in the case of police cars, strip them when they are taken out of service they use the rubber wheels exclusivly. Just food for thought. I think its easier to get carried away with a heat gun than a rubber wheel.
     
  15. IPLOWSNO

    IPLOWSNO PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,620

    I'm thinking these guys never used a rubber eraser wheel before ! That or they remove them by the hour!!!

    Using a scraper with heat your guaranteeing yourself paint damage, don't care what kind of scraper your using!!
     
  16. bluerage94

    bluerage94 Senior Member
    Messages: 398

    I've used a heat gun with great results a few times in the past...
     
  17. Lbilawncare

    Lbilawncare Senior Member
    Messages: 144

    DO NOT USE GOOF OFF, it will eat your paint. Goo Gone works well though, citrus gel. I've never tried the wheel, but have used heat gun and peeled them off with good results, never very large logos.
     
  18. IPLOWSNO

    IPLOWSNO PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,620

    I forgot you guys would be pulling off names, yea no big deal, but on larger vinyl and factory stickers which are heavier thicker use the eraser wheel!!
     
  19. SnowGuy73

    SnowGuy73 PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 24,868

    This, and then acetone for the glue... Works like a charm!
     
  20. jasonv

    jasonv PlowSite.com Addict
    from kannada
    Messages: 1,114

    Eh, definitely NO WAY. Acetone will actually melt lots of different kinds of paint, including some automotive paint and clear coats. It will also melt lots of different kinds of PLASTIC, especially CLEAR plastics, including PLEXIGLASS. Keep acetone as far away from anything you don't want to destroy as you possibly can.