How Are Vehicle Graphics and Wraps Removed?

When we’re not busy wrapping vehicles, installing cabinet signs, or otherwise serving the Southwest Washington/Northwest Oregon business communities, we at Specialty Graphic Solutions love to watch Netflix. And, we’ve recently fallen in love with “Haters Back Off!

Remove vehicle wraps in Vancover WA

In one episode, the uncle, in his quest to make his unpopular YouTube video-making niece famous, decides they need to go on tour. To him, the obvious first step in going on tour is self-installing a vehicle wrap that covers everything except his minivan’s windshield. So, with no tour dates set up, they go on tour and are promptly pulled over for driving with all of the windows covered. The uncle’s solution is to just smash in all of the windows rather than removing the wrap.

Fortunately, at SGS, we have better solutions. Below, we’ll answer the question, “How are vehicle graphics and wraps removed?”

Heat, Details, Clean Up

Your graphics should be removable without any damage to the original paint job underneath as long as the wrap wasn’t installed right after the vehicle was painted and the vinyl wasn’t left on for years past its original warranty. There are three basic stages to the removal process: heat, details, and clean up.

First, one of our installers is given a blow torch. Don’t worry: he knows what he’s doing. The vinyl is then lightly heated with the flame beginning at a seam or an edge. Next, the vinyl is pulled from the vehicle. The key is to find the right amount of heat. If you use too little, the vinyl will stay put. With too much, you get a smoking, burnt mess.

The detail stage takes place once the large patches of vinyl are gone. To get rid of the small pieces of vinyl that are still clinging on for dear life, we use a specialized squeegee and maybe the torch again. This stage is especially important if you have a partial wrap or vehicle graphics that have small decals.

How to remove vehicle wraps in Vancouver WA

The cleaning stage of removal starts once all of the vinyl is gone. Before the car can be driven away or rewrapped, we need to remove the sticky residue left behind by the vinyl. Much like the orange dust on your fingers after a Cheetos binge, the adhesive residue is aggressive stuff that doesn’t simply come off with a little soap and water. In order to leave your automobile as bright and clean as the day she was first wrapped, we wipe everything down with a powerful chemical.

We’re required by Murphy’s Law to let you know that you should never attempt to remove graphics or wraps on your own. You can end up damaging your car’s paint job and ruining your day. Leave it to the mighty sign makers!

Areas We Serve

SGS is based in Vancouver, Washington, and we love serving our local community, but we also perform vehicle wrap removal services for Gresham, OR, Beaverton, OR, Portland, OR, Camas, WA, Tigard, OR, the rest of Clark County, WA, and really all of Southwest Washington.

If you have graphics that are no longer doing you any favors and are wondering “how are vehicle graphics and wraps removed,” contact the mighty sign makers at SGS today for a free consultation. We’ll fix you up!