Sign & Digital Graphics

November '18

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44 • November 2018 • S I G N & D I G I T A L G R A P H I C S WRAPS DIGITAL GRAPHICS edges of the vinyl. Lifting the edge with a tool then peeling large sections by hand is the best way to avoid an abundance of left over adhesive. For older graphics warming then scraping may be the best approach, but you will have more adhe- sive left behind. Razor blades should never be used on This partial wrap had been on for nearly seven years when the customer brought it in to replace the graphics. You can see how the upper area, as it curves to a hori- zontal plane, is significantly more sun damaged than the lower vertical area. the body of the vehicle, but can be used to remove old window graphics. Be sure to keep the window sprayed down with window cleaner or soapy water while scraping to avoid scratches. For very old or aggressive vinyl you may need to break out the power tools. We've used stripe eliminator wheels in the past—they are messy but effective. The wheel attaches to your existing drill and can chew through the old vinyl fairly quickly, without marring the surface of the vehicle. I wouldn't recommend trying to remove a full wrap with one of these tools, but for pinstripes or smaller hori- zontal areas it is an effective tool. If the entire wrap was bad enough to require one of these tools I would refer the cus- tomer to a body shop. There is a product on the market that I wanted to tuck in between tools and cleaners because it claims to remove the vinyl and adhesive in one step. VinylOff by CrystalTek is a water-soluble, environ- mentally friendly product that you wipe on, wait a few minutes and then remove the graphics along with the adhesive. Check out their website (www.crystaltek. us.com) for more information and testi- monials. For baked-on graphics, a rubber wheel attached to a drill is often the best option for quickly removing vinyl.

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