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Old 07-25-2010, 12:05 PM   #1
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Re: Removing Vinyl Numbers/Letters

I just peeled them off on a hot day. Left glue on still. You can still see where it said "WildWater LTD Rafting" the website and the 800 number. It also peeled some of the paint off to so you can see "school bus paint" under it. I also utilized the "razorblade" method on some parts as well. I dropped a razorblade behind a rub rail... took months before I could get the thing out (in pieces).

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Old 07-25-2010, 12:32 PM   #2
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lol my bus i can see a few places owned it. richie brothers auctions, something in victoria, and looney toons shows
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Old 07-25-2010, 06:27 PM   #3
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Mine came off easily after sitting in the sun and using my fingernail and patience....
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Old 07-25-2010, 08:22 PM   #4
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... patience....
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*takes notes since she should have a bus this month dang it*

Would a hair dryer work? At this rate it might be too cold for the sun to heat up letters to peel off
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... patience....
What's that?
Well for a paramedic, it's when someone calls 911.........
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So that the doctor can practice on them? How long does a doctor have to practice medicine before they get it right?
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oh there is a fine line for temp. too much and it just stretches and tears, not enough and it breaks off.
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*takes notes since she should have a bus this month dang it*

Would a hair dryer work? At this rate it might be too cold for the sun to heat up letters to peel off
When all else fails.....kill it with fire!

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Napalm will definitely do the job. You can also call C4 Solutions at 1-800-BIG-BOOM.

I used a hairdryer to soften my lettering and a plastic razor blade to help peel it off. The adhesive didn't come away quite so easily. I tried several solvents (acetone, paint thinner and diesel fuel) but in the end plain old gasoline worked best for me. I'd slather some on a section, wait a few minutes then scrape it off with my plastic razor blade thingy.
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I got myself a heat gun from Harbor Freight. $9. It softened the letters up enough to pull them off but left the glue. Ill try gas to remove the glue. It actually looks cool, like ghost letters.
Without heat the letters were brittle & would just break off into pieces.
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I got myself a heat gun from Harbor Freight. $9. It softened the letters up enough to pull them off but left the glue. Ill try gas to remove the glue. It actually looks cool, like ghost letters.
Without heat the letters were brittle & would just break off into pieces.
3m adhesive remover or even some brake cleaner will get the glue off.
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Thanks for the tip.
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I got myself a heat gun from Harbor Freight. $9. It softened the letters up enough to pull them off but left the glue. Ill try gas to remove the glue. It actually looks cool, like ghost letters.
Without heat the letters were brittle & would just break off into pieces.
I used Goo Gone and worked very nicely.
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Even after glue is gone unless you're going to paint, get some rubbing compound for the shadows and lots of elbow grease

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The best for removing old vinyl is a dryer. When you get that off, there is a product called: Rapid Remover (used to have a different name) Goo Gone will work too. Rapid remover works fast and is water based.

Anyway, it turns the adhesive into a gel. Get a plastic vinyl application squeegee. Scrape off the gel and wash the surface.

Getting ready to do my own skoolie in the next month or so..
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The best for removing old vinyl is a dryer. When you get that off, there is a product called: Rapid Remover (used to have a different name) Goo Gone will work too. Rapid remover works fast and is water based.

Anyway, it turns the adhesive into a gel. Get a plastic vinyl application squeegee. Scrape off the gel and wash the surface.

Getting ready to do my own skoolie in the next month or so..
Like he says ^^^

It is a finesse thing- don't over or under heat, pull the lettering slowly at a sharpish angle. If you do it right, the adhesive stays on the vinyl. Helps to have 2 people- one holding heat source. plastic razor is nice.

This is a great job to pawn-off on teens.

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