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    Whats the best way to get vinyl lettering off van paintwork? any ideas anyone.. I've heard a hairdryer might do the trick, but am looking for suggestions..

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    Yeh i'd say a hairdryer too, then polish it!

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    Petrol is excellent at dissolving the glue, you jst have to persevere with an old credit card or something to get the vinyl of, but a wipe with a petrolly rag might help get the edges going. Plus, its always easier when the panel is warm, so a hairdryer is a must.

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    Aye, I'll give it a go then.... got loads to come off, gonna be a long day when I try it!

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    I just rang a friend who does that as his business (vinyl lettering for vehicles).

    Bascially the secret is heat, heat and heat! LOL. Get a hairdryer or a decent heat gun (on a low setting) and warm up a letter section at a time (you'll soon get an idea as to how much heat the stuff you're working with needs). Start to peel it off and it should all come off easily. If it's a big piece of vinyl you may need to do it in sections.

    In this weather (being so bl**dy cold) it's going to be easier if you can work in a garage/indoor area as it'll take so much longer outside as you'll be constantly reheating the vinyl.

    DON'T scrape the lettering was one warning he gave - there's no need to.

    If you've got a bit of glue stuff left on the paint, then the usual stuff for removing tar etc. will do i.e. white spirit, tar remover. I personally have found Autoglym Engine Cleaner absolutely superb for removing bugs/tar from the front of the car. It's citrus based so should loosen any glue no problem.

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    did this many many years ago compnay i worked for did stuff like BT vans McDonalds lorries British gas vans..... heat gun and a new razor blade (just to lift the edge) as long as its warm enough it will just peel off, keep moving your fingers down as it comes away so it comes off in one section then use a plant spray type bottle with petrol in it..... just dont have a smoke while your doing it

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    I have done this also, I used a hairdruer and a stanlry knife blede, held flat on the surface to get under it, Never scraped the paint, but I guess it depends how new the van is ??

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    Cheers all, Looks like the hairdryer is the route.. unfortunately i dont have garage and it going to be a barsteward in this weather! but the vans being sold so ill have to brave it! cheers again

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    You can always try boiling water as well, if you don't fancy pointing a hot air gun at yer paintwork.

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