: Removing decals: lots of em'



Destroyer
07-04-07, 10:26 AM
Bought this '96 Chevy van a week or so ago. Its a conversion with a lot of decals. everything that is teal aside from the bottom spoilers is a decal. I'd like to remove them. Any advice on taking them off?. I tried using a razor and a hair dryer on a couple of spots but that would take forever plus I dont think it would come out too good. A friend told me about an attachment for a power drill that would strip the adhesive right off but is not sure what its called. Any tips?. Thanks.


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z06bigbird
07-04-07, 10:33 AM
Couple of ways:

1. Go to local army surplus store and buy a flame thrower. Adjust nozzle down to minimum setting.

2. Go to McDonalds. Soak veh in large vat of their food. Anything will do. Be careful with milkshake, as it has more salt than other foods. Salt can scratch paint.

3. Listen so someone not as crazy.

CIWS
07-04-07, 11:13 AM
Large bottle of Goo-Gone (http://www.magicamerican.com/images/gg_images/GG3_big.gif)?

z06bigbird
07-04-07, 11:18 AM
Go to an independent body shop (mom & pop). Manager/owner will likely tell you hints on this job. I have found that the bureacracy in the chain shops will generally prevent you from getting past the receptionists. Many times, you won't get much more than the time of day at the chains.

Benzilla
07-04-07, 12:12 PM
Damn that's a shame, I really like how it looks now.

I~LUV~Caddys8792
07-04-07, 12:19 PM
What? The decals are too gay for you?

Rolex
07-04-07, 12:30 PM
I'd use my fingernails to get them started, and take your sweet time peeling them so they come off in one piece. The left over sticky junk comes off with a little Turtle Wax and some elbow grease. :)

caddycruiser
07-04-07, 01:23 PM
Hmm, good question. I hate stickers, but think it looks terrific now, and all stripped will just end up like a refrigerator/cargo van with windows and nice wheels.

If you absolutely must, my only guess too is just getting it started piece by piece with a fingernail or something and just keep going, then goo-gone, polish, etc. Could be an ever so slightly different shade of white underneath because of the 11 years, as well.

Destroyer
07-04-07, 01:24 PM
What? The decals are too gay for you?

No they look ok but up close a lot of them have scratches and you can see the white paint underneath, etc. I'm not gonna go out of my way to find new ones so I figure I'll take these off and make it look more like a work van, lol.

Red_October_7000
07-04-07, 01:43 PM
Shit, that looks cool. If I lived in FL I'd have one of those too; I considered one ages ago when I was buying my first car, but as those are scary-bad in snow I decided against it. I'd leave it alone until I found new decals, to be honest. Up near me there's a firm called Yankee Custom that does that sort of stuff, but I don't know if they're just the northeast.

I~LUV~Caddys8792
07-04-07, 02:31 PM
I don't think I've ever seen a conversion van come into work without a lot of decals like that. Who was the conversion company originally? Waldoch? Explorer?


EDIT: I see the Gulf Stream logo...nevermind.

gothicaleigh
07-04-07, 02:49 PM
You need a vinyl eraser and a jug of RapidRemover.

http://www.signwarehouse.com/shop/graphics/00000001/zap_elec_miva.gif

http://www.rapidtac.com/graphics/remgb.jpg



Get a few plastic razor blades too (will help scrape off the vinyl without harming the paint).

I~LUV~Caddys8792
07-04-07, 03:06 PM
Hey, Gothicaleigh reminded me of something. Nick, why don't you buy a bunch of those Cadillacowners.com vinyls from her and cover your van with them?

You are a supporter right? ;) :stirpot:

Destroyer
07-04-07, 03:39 PM
Hey, Gothicaleigh reminded me of something. Nick, why don't you buy a bunch of those Cadillacowners.com vinyls from her and cover your van with them?

You are a supporter right? ;) :stirpot:Cause its not a Caddy and I'm not a Caddy owner as of right now.:eek:

Destroyer
07-04-07, 03:40 PM
You need a vinyl eraser and a jug of RapidRemover.

http://www.signwarehouse.com/shop/graphics/00000001/zap_elec_miva.gif

http://www.rapidtac.com/graphics/remgb.jpg



Get a few plastic razor blades too (will help scrape off the vinyl without harming the paint).
That is what I think my buddy was talking about. I see if I can find one on ebay. Thanks.

Night Wolf
07-04-07, 04:20 PM
I would leave them on, they look good.

If you take them off, you'll probably see where they were as it would mess the paint up and/or fade it... like old cop cars with the decals removed.

Check out Vans By Drew in St. Pete... he is a really good guy and does conversion vans, I went to him because he was able to order me the new gasket and handle for my aftermarket sunroof in my Isuzu... he helped me when nobody else was willing to, and barely chraged me more then his cost too.

Destroyer
07-04-07, 04:54 PM
I would leave them on, they look good.

If you take them off, you'll probably see where they were as it would mess the paint up and/or fade it... like old cop cars with the decals removed.

Check out Vans By Drew in St. Pete... he is a really good guy and does conversion vans, I went to him because he was able to order me the new gasket and handle for my aftermarket sunroof in my Isuzu... he helped me when nobody else was willing to, and barely chraged me more then his cost too.

Hmm, maybe he can hook me up with different graphics too. Thanks Rick. I dont think I'll see where they (decals) were once removed. This van was covered (not garaged but still under a roof) and not used much by its previous owner. I buffed the hood and clayed/waxed the van when I got it and the paint isn't faded at all.

Destroyer
07-04-07, 04:55 PM
You need a vinyl eraser and a jug of RapidRemover.

http://www.signwarehouse.com/shop/graphics/00000001/zap_elec_miva.gif

http://www.rapidtac.com/graphics/remgb.jpg



Get a few plastic razor blades too (will help scrape off the vinyl without harming the paint).
Is this thing called a vinyl eraser?. Cant find it anywhere. Know where to get one?.

gothicaleigh
07-04-07, 05:28 PM
Is this thing called a vinyl eraser?. Cant find it anywhere. Know where to get one?.

Here's a link to that one and a few other vinyl removal tools:
http://www.signwarehouse.com/shop/merchant.mvc?Screen=CTGY&Category_Code=TT-VR

At $385 for the electric and air versions of the vinyl eraser, you may just want to pay a graphics or bodyshop who already has the equipment to remove them for you.

dkozloski
07-04-07, 05:51 PM
I removed the signage from the sides of a 7500 gallon aircraft refueling tank truck using a hair dryer. Park the thing in the sun and get it good and hot. Use the hair dryer to get it started with your fingernails or a plastic picnic knife and slowly pull. It comes right off in sheets. Try several different angles as you pull out from the surface. Your technique will be pretty refined by the time you get to the second side. Once you get started don't stop. Sometimes getting it restarted is more difficult than the original try. It's like the sticky stuff cures or something. This is not rocket science. A couple of hours of your time and you're home free.

Red_October_7000
07-04-07, 06:09 PM
The thing is they might not be vinyl but rather a sort of plastic/metal material that is used for vehicle signage. This stuff is super-thin and almost impossible to remove. The way I found to do it is to use a razor blade and, believe it or not, WD-40. This will let you take it off in bigger-than-toenail-clipping-sized pieces as opposed to toenail-clipping-sized pieces, sometimes in strips even. A quality slam scraper helps, those little stamped metal ones are decent for a small decal but on a vehicle that size will self-destruct before the first door is done.

I'd still leave them on until I found something better; it WILL show no matter what. Trust me, at CAP all our vans have decals on them (of the afforementioned metal-backed plastic) and I'm rather familiar with the application and removal thereof.

stockup
07-04-07, 09:40 PM
You need to use a heatgun that is hotter than a hair dryer. They are not terribly expensive and can be bought at Sears for about 70 bucks. After you heat them up and pel them off, use WD-40 to remove and remaining adhesive. Will be a lot of work. Personally, I would leave it, sell it like it is, trade it for what you want before going through all that trouble

Dan

Levand16
07-04-07, 09:46 PM
No matter what you use set aside a good week or more! It will take alot of time to do it right. Like someone wrote earlier you might see a color difference on the paint once removed.

don't use WD-40 or anything else with silicone, if you do end up repainting the van in the future you will have problems!

Good luck and have fun!:)

malcolm
07-05-07, 09:43 AM
google "3m decal remover" lot's of ways to get it done.

93DevilleUSMC
07-05-07, 07:02 PM
Good luck with it!

OffThaHorseCEO
07-05-07, 07:27 PM
are those impala style wheels? or impala wheels

Destroyer
07-05-07, 09:32 PM
are those impala style wheels? or impala wheels
They are Impala SS replica's, they were on my '91 Fleetwood prior to this. :thumbsup:

Destroyer
07-05-07, 09:33 PM
Thanks for all the help!. This weekend or next I'll attempt to do the hood first before I go messing the sides up. :thumbsup:

gothicaleigh
07-07-07, 03:21 PM
Find someone with that Vinyl Zapper/eraser I posted. We can strip a wrapped van in less than an hour with no damage to the paint. It's pricy, but it works.

nikon
07-07-07, 09:34 PM
^^ I've used something very similar to what you posted....only the one I used was all smooth and had a chuck that would go into a dye grinder....5-10$ at a paint supply store....it was basically just a big round rubber eraser...and yea they do work great.....your gonna need a couple of em to do that whole van though.


similar to this

http://www.signwarehouse.com/TT-VR-p-HT-STPRPL.html