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SDcampowneroperator

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Posted: 08/30/21 06:54pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Our ''09 Carriage Cameo was looking poor several years ago. The graphics were fading and cracking. Another member was also searching for new graphics for his Carrilite, another Carriage line.
Together he and I found the auction purchaser of the graphics, which he ( a sign maker) with the plotter to make new graphics for any unit collaborated.
His unit when he visited and delivered our now set looked like a new penny.
I finally now have time and energy to tackle the job, after much research and advice have found the quickest easiest removal method. Forget most of utube, its hacks and not DIYs after your money.
on Amazon I found the rubber eraser wheels, good for some places especially on painted surfaces, A gallon of VINYL OFF will strip a 1/2 dozen rigs.
What you do is wipe on vinyl off, wipe up runs, dont let them get to painted parts, wait a bit, do it again. wait a bit , then with a single sided steel razor blade in a 8" long good holder with the blade at a very close angle to the work and 10-20 degrees angled to progression, so it wont cut into the gel coat, cut under the vinyl with some pressure near the blade. Change the blade regularly. use only 1/2 of the blade width each pass to get a clean removal easily. Do not rush the job!
Then, apply another coat of vinyl off, wait until it firms up, not runny. then scape away the adhesive,wiping the excess onto a paper towel regularly. There will still be some adhesive you can see in the 'shadow' where the graphics were. reapply, scrape, wipe then with a clean disposable terry cloth damp with lacquer thinner. Wash down thouroughly with soapy water to get runs and will show any missed adhesive.
Now use Meguires. 67 compound with an auto body polisher to remove oxidation and restore shine. This has been a much faster less intensive project than first imagined. A 36' wall in a day.
Next post application when I get there. Stay tuned, same bat channel, same time Do I hear a BIFF!
With pms I can direct you to the sign maker

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Do you think a plastic razor blade would also work?

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Pics!! Pics!
I'd love to see the results.

The graphics on my Tango are looking pretty shabby and I'd like to tackle replacing them too. I found a source for them, I think it was about $1700. CDN for the whole set.

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bobsallyh wrote:

Do you think a plastic razor blade would also work?
No the plastic blades are just OK for scraping some of the the adhesive.

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BobsYourUncle wrote:

Pics!! Pics!
I'd love to see the results.

The graphics on my Tango are looking pretty shabby and I'd like to tackle replacing them too. I found a source for them, I think it was about $1700. CDN for the whole set.

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Member signmaker with the graphics to match just about anything he is a member in Iowa. Out of respect to his privacy, I will not name him , will forward legitimate requests. His prices were 1/4 of what you werequoted for ORACAL graphics with a 30 year warranty.
Go back into my posts to read about it. key word ' deleted . Please do not contact him directly. he is a private person with many irons in the fire, A personal request from me could get you a response.

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Hi SD -

Is the product:

"A gallon of VINYL OFF will strip a 1/2 dozen rigs."

made by CrystalTek?

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SDcampowneroperator wrote:

bobsallyh wrote:

Do you think a plastic razor blade would also work?
No the plastic blades are just OK for scraping some of the the adhesive.

A heat gun or hair dryer and plastic scraper blades WILL take all the vinyl and 95% of the adhesive off with ZERO chance of gouging the gelcoat. Some 3M adhesive remover and elbow grease gets the remaining glue off. These are what I used. They don’t last long, but they’re cheap.[emoticon]

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^ Interesting.
I've always used old fashioned single edge steel razor blades. Some heat form a heat gun or torch and scrape 'em off.
Just stripped a whole pickup truck of 35 year old paint the same way.


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BobsYourUncle wrote:

Pics!! Pics!
I'd love to see the results.

The graphics on my Tango are looking pretty shabby and I'd like to tackle replacing them too. I found a source for them, I think it was about $1700. CDN for the whole set.

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Bob, get mine for $200 US from this maker
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SDcampowneroperator wrote:

BobsYourUncle wrote:

Pics!! Pics!
I'd love to see the results.

The graphics on my Tango are looking pretty shabby and I'd like to tackle replacing them too. I found a source for them, I think it was about $1700. CDN for the whole set.

BIFF!! [emoticon]

Bob, get mine for $200 US from this maker
Max

Thank you, that is substantially better, even with the dollar difference. I need to follow up on that.

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