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Old 15-11-2016, 12:37 PM   #1
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Best way to remove graphics

Hi guys
as per the title. I need to remove the graphics off my S1 106 rallye for spraying. I have a heat gun. Does anyone have any advice for doing it. does anyone soak them prior to removal? I had a try the other night but it seemed very slow as the graphics were only coming off in small pieces!

Thanks for any advice.

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Old 15-11-2016, 12:41 PM   #2
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They may have been lacquered over. I used a credit card and a heat gun and then just polished the paint up afterward.

Edit - I just read that you're spraying the car. Just take an orbital sander to the vinyl and sand right through it, the car will be getting sanded/prepped anyway.
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Old 15-11-2016, 07:46 PM   #3
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Thanks for that Simon
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Old 16-11-2016, 07:10 AM   #4
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heat gun and thumbnails is unfortunately the only way to go. if their coming off in bits its usually due to the age of the vinyl that it breaks up.
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Old 16-11-2016, 01:42 PM   #5
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Cheers for the reply. I did think as much!
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Old 16-11-2016, 09:51 PM   #6
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Heat gun and thumb nails it was! One side has taken most of the night. Painful! Haha
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Old 17-11-2016, 07:16 AM   #7
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Use a scraper! I don't know why you'd use your thumbs and cause yourself unnecessary pain! Even an old credit card usually does the job. Or filler spreaders, they're handy to have around the garage anyway tbh.

For anyone else reading this in ze future and doesn't have a heatgun, sealer make a grinder attachment for doing this exact job. They're about 8 online or 11 in halfords
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Old 30-12-2016, 05:32 PM   #8
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I used a heat gun a few times on race cars- but managed to blister the paint once or twice too. Since then, I tend to use boiling water and a kettle!! Works surprisingly well!
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I use one of the specific decal remover like:
https://www.foerch.de/werkstattchemi...entferner-r581

That is a German brand but similar should be available in the UK
Also fine for removing wheel balance weights
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