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Keith in WA Verified Driver Made Donation to Website
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I did my first set of numbers myself...and it shows.

Any tips on removing large pieces of vinyl from my car to prevent taking them off in 10k pieces?

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heat gun

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Kevin is right, or just a really warm garage. At any temperature below about 70F, the vinyl gets brittle, especially if it's old.

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Tony Senese
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I've used a small propane torch before, but that was because I couldn't find a heat gun or a hair dryer.

Note do not apply the flame directly to the vinyl.....

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Child labor; your kids. No need to worry about number of pieces. [Big Grin]

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Get a 500watt stage lamp, heat the whole panel first, then peel away. You need finger nails!
Use Goof Off miracle remover to clean excess glue.

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i use a hair dryer.
get the vinyl warm and slowly pull it at an angle(you will find the correct angle that makes it easy with trial and error).
wd-40 removes the adhesive left behind, as does goo gone or other stuff already mentioned.
there is also a plastic spatula/scraper available that works well for this job.

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Josh Pitt
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Like Kevin said, use a heat gun. You can buy one at a local auto body supplier. Hair dryer takes too long. Just keep the heat gun moving and don't keep too close, they get very,very hot and fast.

B Wilson Verified Driver Series Champ
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Nothing works like 3M general purpose adhesive remover sold at Napa. In some cases you just soak the decal for a while and just slide it off. For stuborn decals I warm and peel first, but always finish off with the adhesive remover. Also works great for removing rubber marks on paint, and cleaning fluids/oil spills!

-b

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Harbor Freight has a pretty cheap heat gun that I have used for years. Be sure to use the 20% off coupon, available in any auto mag. I second the 3M adhesive remover.
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Wonderful...thanks everyone! I was thinking heat gun but figured I'd ask before another episode of, "This should be easy... How to do it wrong 40 ways before you ask for advice from people who know what they're doing."

I do like the 3M adhesive remover. After seeing what a great job it did removing the tire wall from the side of Ken's car, I borrowed some and it did a great job of getting somone elses front tire and bumper from being a permanent stain on my bumper.
[thumbsup]

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Bruce,

Thanks for the NAPA 3M pointer. That sounds way easier and safer than the heat gun method that I've always used. Any impact to the paint when using this solvent?

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3M makes an eraser wheel for you drill (low speed Drill) that works great for really stubborn decals just dont use it on your bumpers!!!

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quote:
After seeing what a great job it did removing the tire wall from the side of Ken's car
I though we agreed to never mention that again! [Wink]

B Wilson Verified Driver Series Champ
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quote:
Originally posted by Mark:
Bruce,

Thanks for the NAPA 3M pointer. That sounds way easier and safer than the heat gun method that I've always used. Any impact to the paint when using this solvent?

No impact to the paint other than maybe removing the wax.

-bw

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quote:
Originally posted by wheel:
Harbor Freight has a pretty cheap heat gun that I have used for years. Be sure to use the 20% off coupon, available in any auto mag. I second the 3M adhesive remover.
wheel

HF also sells a nice 3-pack of plastic putty knives that work well for scraping decals off.

One word of advice on using a heat gun (HF or otherwise) - depending upon your paint type you may heat it up enough to pull it off along with the decal.

Don't ask me how I know.

Signed,
Offering a racecar for painting to the local community college

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i've alway's used lighter fluid to remove double sided tape, decal's, sticker's, you name it. squirt a bit on, let it soak in and peal away.

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you can go to the local harwadre and get either some mineral spirits (weak solvent) or something a little heavier duty like zylene or tolulene, buy the gallon, you can use this stuff for all kinds of things.

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