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Old 10-05-2009, 06:30 PM   #1
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Removing School Bus Letters

Just because I haven't seen another post on removing lettering on the side of a school bus, I thought I would provide my own 2-cents worth. I started out trying to scrape the letters off with a paint scraper. Eventually after much research I turned to a propane torch - and it works like a charm to remove that school bus information tattooed onto the side of a school bus.

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Old 10-06-2009, 09:31 PM   #2
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Re: Removing School Bus Letters

I used a heat gun from walmart to pull letters and decals from our rescue truck at the fire station. It worked well and didn't hurt paint. Be advised you can't pull and heat at the same time. Hot as hell!!
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Old 10-07-2009, 03:25 AM   #3
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Re: Removing School Bus Letters

I have to ask, Were you using one of the Gloves on the pulling hand?
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Old 10-11-2009, 09:44 PM   #4
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For me,I did not use a glove because you can't grab hold of the letters very well. I just had to heat them up and time it right so not to heat my fingers up when I pulled! lol
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Old 10-11-2009, 11:13 PM   #5
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Should have used a glove. Those things are rated for High Temp after all. And don't you just requisition a new set when you have too?
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Old 03-08-2014, 06:31 PM   #6
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Re: Removing School Bus Letters

Hey guys, I removed the letters with heat gun from Harbor freight tools, but there is adhesive left from the letters and tried all kinds of chemicals to remove but no luck, any ideas?

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Re: Removing School Bus Letters

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Hey guys, I removed the letters with heat gun from Harbor freight tools, but there is adhesive left from the letters and tried all kinds of chemicals to remove but no luck, any ideas?

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Spray it with wd 40 when it has some sunshine on it. I use it to remove adhesives from all kinds of stuff.

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Hey guys, I removed the letters with heat gun from Harbor freight tools, but there is adhesive left from the letters and tried all kinds of chemicals to remove but no luck, any ideas?

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Spray it with wd 40 when it has some sunshine on it. I use it to remove adhesives from all kinds of stuff.

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Heat gun for the heavy stuff, diesel after that. Comes off easy.
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I found the goop came off fairly well with paint thinner. Put some on a rag, wet the adhesive, wait a minute then scrub with the thinner soaked rag.
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