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Forum topic by Milo posted 08-18-2012 08:37 PM 7360 views 0 times favorited 18 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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Milo

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08-18-2012 08:37 PM

I need to get the lettering and signs off my van pronto! Can anyone suggests a good, simple method that won’t destroy the paint?

Thanks!

-- Beer, Beer, Thank God for Beer. It's my way of keeping my mind fresh and clear...


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patcollins

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#1 posted 08-18-2012 08:40 PM

If the vinyl is still flexible sit it in the sun and it may peel right off, the awful pinstripes that were on my truck when i bought it came right off when they were warm enough.

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#2 posted 08-18-2012 09:38 PM

Easy-Off oven cleaner. Test in an inconspicuous area first, and wash off right after with soap and water.

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#3 posted 08-18-2012 11:41 PM

A hair dryer set on hot. Start at one end, start peeling and follow it with the gun.
A heat gun is too hot. A simple hair dryer gun will do the job.

-- When I was a boy, I was told "anyone can be President", now I'm beginning to believe it!

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#4 posted 08-19-2012 09:03 PM

Goo-Gone Is made for removing vinyl signs and lettering off cars and trucks . You can get it at either Advance or Auto Zone.

-- If the old masters had power tools, they would have used them. So get off your damn High Horse.

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#5 posted 08-19-2012 11:57 PM

heat gun on low heat and goo-gone for the rest.

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#6 posted 08-22-2012 04:49 PM

Thanks guys. I’ll try the hair dryer. Had decent luck with a flat razor blade too.

-- Beer, Beer, Thank God for Beer. It's my way of keeping my mind fresh and clear...

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Tennessee

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#7 posted 08-22-2012 04:55 PM

Novus #2 will easily remove that old glue that the hair dryer will leave behind, and polish up the paint to boot. Cheap, about $5 a bottle, goes a long ways.

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#8 posted 08-22-2012 09:05 PM

shaving cream works too …

-- keeping myself entertained ... Humor and fun lubricate the brain

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#9 posted 08-23-2012 01:19 PM

Milo: We’re waiting!! how did you do it? Before and after pix, please.

-- Einstein: "The intuitive mind is a sacred gift, and the rational mind is a faithful servant. We have created a society that honors the servant and has forgotten the gift." I'm Poopiekat!!

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#10 posted 08-23-2012 02:17 PM

I was a mechanic/ Body man before I got real sick and could not work any more but I worked at a cab co.
We had these special little rubber like wheels on an arbor they fit into a hand drill you just go over the area you want gone and presto their gone. (Glue and All)
Make sure you do not set in one spot or it will or can burn paint.

I removed and applied many decals and by far this is the best way to go IMO.
For the life of me I can’t remember what they were called. I got ours at our local paint and body supply co.
I think Autozone carried them too!
Good luck and like poopiekat says tell us how it turned out and what method you used.

I found it!! here are some links to them:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HHKN5_UfDik&feature=fvwrel
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bRLoGehgddE
http://www.tcpglobal.com/autobodydepot/adhremove.aspx http://search.eastwood.com/search?asug=&w=vinyl+erasers&p=Q&ts=custom

I hope this helps!

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Joe Lyddon

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#11 posted 11-29-2012 07:00 PM

I sent Milo a PM asking him what he ended up doing…

This was his reply…

=======================================================
From Milo
Sent 1 day ago
Subject Re: Help! Best way to remove vinyl lettering from my van is…??
Message I ended up using one of those specialty erasers. Still need to goo gone some residue. New Years!

Need to build a new shop too!

—Beer, Beer, Thank God for Beer. It’s my way of keeping my mind fresh and clear… =======================================================

So, now you know the Final Answer…

Milo, thank you for your reply.

-- Have Fun! Joe Lyddon - Alta Loma, CA USA - Home: http://www.WoodworkStuff.net ... My Small Gallery: http://www.ncwoodworker.net/pp/showgallery.php?ppuser=1389&cat=500"

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poopiekat

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#12 posted 11-30-2012 12:23 AM

wow, Joe!! Finally, we have closure. Glad he answered you, because it seemed likely he would never follow up his query with a conclusion for the benefit of LJs. I hate when that happens ;-)

-- Einstein: "The intuitive mind is a sacred gift, and the rational mind is a faithful servant. We have created a society that honors the servant and has forgotten the gift." I'm Poopiekat!!

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#13 posted 11-30-2012 12:50 PM

wood chisel works too …don’t use too-big-a-mallet

-- keeping myself entertained ... Humor and fun lubricate the brain

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#14 posted 12-27-2012 03:18 AM

Sorry poopiekat! Didn’t mean to leave folks hanging. The last 5 months have been absolutely INSANE, quit old job, got new job, moved, finishing grad school, workworkworkwork. I am hoping that I will finally have time to get my new shop in order in the next couple months.

but first, anyone know how to move my old shed about 40 feet up and incline without taking it apart….? ;)

-- Beer, Beer, Thank God for Beer. It's my way of keeping my mind fresh and clear...

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#15 posted 12-27-2012 04:29 AM

Big fork lift?

-- When I was a boy, I was told "anyone can be President", now I'm beginning to believe it!

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