Sign & Digital Graphics

November '18

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S I G N & D I G I T A L G R A P H I C S • November 2018 • 45 Adhesive Removal Once all of the old vinyl has been removed you will likely have some left- over adhesive or old tape primer that will need to be cleaned off. The first cleaner we grab is Rapid Remover. It works great in removing old adhesive and tape primer fairly quickly. We like to initially spray down any adhesive and allow it to sit for a few min- utes to work. Try to avoid spraying any plastic areas; if you do get overspray be sure to clean it off to avoid any possible spotting. Once the Rapid Remover has started to break down the adhesive, we use an old plastic squeegee or Lil' Chizzler tool to scrape the adhesive into sticky balls. With a bit more Rapid Remover and either paper towels or an old lint towel we scrub the adhesive, gathering up the adhesive balls. When the adhesive has been cleaned off we follow up with either an ammo- nia-free glass cleaner or a citrus cleaner. Either one cuts through the oily residue left behind from the Rapid Remover. If we need to clean very large sections, then we add the citrus cleaner to a bucket of warm water and scrub down the vehicle using a large window squeegee. Final Cleaning and Prep If we're planning on re-wrapping the vehicle then we start our thorough clean- ing at this point. This includes running a cloth-covered squeegee under window trim, moldings and other grooves and crevices. We also wipe the inside of doors and underneath the vehicle. All of this final cleaning is followed up with a thorough wipe down using a 70/30 mixture of water and isopropyl alcohol. Wipe a section with the alcohol mixture then follow with a dry, lint-free cloth. Document When we remove a wrap, we like to document any damage on a template of the vehicle. This is especially important if we didn't wrap it initially and if the vehicle is going to be re-wrapped. If there were cut marks, nicks or surface damage from the previous wrap installer, or as a result of removing very old graphics, we want the customer to be aware. By documenting this and keeping the information on file we can reference it later if the customer questions us. I would recommend specifically reviewing the damage and having the customer sign off on the notations. Serious damage should also be photo- graphed and the photos saved to the customer's artwork folder. SDG For very old or aggressive vinyl you may need to break out the power tools.

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