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Old 11-09-2008, 11:41 AM   #1
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How To Remove Vinyl Lettering On Trucks


Anyone know an easy way to remove vinyl lettering on a vehicle?

I just tried a hair dryer to heat up the vinyl but it took me over an hour to remove a web site address
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Old 11-09-2008, 11:45 AM   #2
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Heat Gun is the way to go. Just do not "Over-Do-It"!!!!!


http://www.speedysigns.com/info/Remo...structions.asp


I once worked for a Mini-Truck Customizer in Fort Lauderdale and this was the ONLY expedient method of removal.

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Just a plain old blow-dryer usually works fine too, at least for the factory ones I have taken of off two trucks. You won't have to be quite as careful as with a heat gun.
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I vote heat gun too....That is some fresh concrete you parked in there MALCO, right up to the bumpers nice ride, cann,t peak in car windows in that truck.
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Heat Gun is the way to go. Just do not "Over-Do-It"!!!!!

http://www.speedysigns.com/info/Remo...structions.asp


I once worked for a Mini-Truck Customizer in Fort Lauderdale and this was the ONLY expedient method of removal.

This sort of Lunacy:

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That is NOT my work or the Company that I worked for, but that is the sort of stuff we did.

1989 was the year. The Fort Lauderdale Ghetto of 31st Ave (OPB) and MLK Boulevard was the location.
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I just did a 7x14 trailer I bought about 3 weeks ago. Here's what I can tell you:

1) Remove the vinyl lettering with a heat gun on low setting.
2) Use a plastic implement, such as a plastic putty knife to bunch up the vinyl to a point where you can easily grab it and peel the vinyl off.
3) Once the vinyl is off, you'll need to get residual adhesive off. Use a citrus-based solvent such as Goof-Off. Spraying works better than the squirt bottle.
4) Get an inexpensive orbital car buffer and use polishing compound (NOT RUBBING COMPOUND) to remove the ghosting of the lettering.
5) Apply car wax as usual to protect the paint.

Have patience as removal takes a long time. The polishing takes a long time too. My 7 x 14 trailer was lettered on all four sides with a very complex design and about a million words and letters. I enlisted my daughter, neighborhood kids, my friends, etc... to help with the peeling. I would say it probably took all told about 6 hours to de-letter.

I bought a $23 Harbor Freight buffer for the polishing.

Polishing and waxing took about 2.5 hours.

No one can tell the trailer was previously lettered. In fact, it looks brand new.

Hope this helps.
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3) Once the vinyl is off, you'll need to get residual adhesive off. Use a citrus-based solvent such as Goof-Off. Spraying works better than the squirt bottle.

WD 40.

Ronsonol lighter Fluid.

RM 901.

All work quite well!!
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3) Once the vinyl is off, you'll need to get residual adhesive off. Use a citrus-based solvent such as Goof-Off. Spraying works better than the squirt bottle.

WD 40.

Ronsonol lighter Fluid.

RM 901.

All work quite well!!
I tried WD-40 and Goof-Off worked A LOT better...
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I tried WD-40 and Goof-Off worked A LOT better...

Goof Off IS some good and POTENT stuff!!!!
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Try Googling "Lil Chizler". Works very well. There is also an air powered tool, but it's too expensive for one job.
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Try Googling "Lil Chizler". Works very well. There is also an air powered tool, but it's too expensive for one job.
I dug something really similar out of my kitchen and let my daughter use it. Just don't tell my wife...I used it and put it back in the drawer...shhhh!

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