Debadging the truck

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Blog entry by Myron Wooley posted 07-26-2009 04:01 AM 1232 reads 0 times favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Wanna know what solvents to use to remove vinyl graphics from your truck?
Beer and turpentine.
Apply beer liberally to the debadger, apply turpentine to the adhesive residue. Works great!
Took me nearly five hours to clean everything off today. Smiled the whole time!

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#1 posted 07-26-2009 04:06 AM

Let me get this right. You were still standing after doing that for 5 1/2 hours. I hope you didn’t have to drive the truck anywhere after that.

Dui for sure.

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#2 posted 07-26-2009 04:18 AM

I didn’t say pound them down one after another! Just gotta keep the whistle wet!
And nope, no driving. Just went back in the house and had dinner. My mama didn’t raise no fools!

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#3 posted 07-26-2009 04:35 AM

We used to use Easy-Off Oven Cleaner for that. Yup, test a spot first.

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#4 posted 07-26-2009 05:16 AM

Heat the transfer with a blow dryer and it should peel right off.

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#5 posted 07-26-2009 10:21 PM


That is a LONG process for removing vinyl graphics, unless they were LARGE ones…. I removed the dealer stickers and lousy pinstripe from my truck in 20 minutes with a hair dryer, razor blade, and rubbing alcohol. The beer happened afterwards, and was Tequila. I like Margaritas on a hot day, served with fresh home made Fajitas…

Seriously though, be careful with turpentine on automotive finishes. If your finish is a single stage, and not a clear coat job you will have some VERY expensive paint problems to fix really quick. Remember, turpentine is a solvent… I have used rubbing alcohol for this sort of thing for years. Strong enough to cut the adhesive, but not so strong as to ruin the paint…

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#6 posted 07-27-2009 05:19 AM

I applied a sticker removal solution first which was d-limonene based. Then I used a plastic scraper blade to lift a corner of the vinyl and peeled it off. The turpentine was used as a final wipe to get the adhesive residue off. I tested the turpentine first in an inconspicuous area to make sure I wasn’t going to have trouble, and I applied it sparingly. It caused the adhesive to get gooey, and then I could easily rub it off with my fingers.
What took so long was that there were several hundred letters and numbers, each of which had to be peeled off individually.
No damage to the paint.
My fingertips are sore, though.

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