Tips for removing leftover vinyl appliqué

Car mirror wrapped in adhesive foil or film by car wrapping professionalSigns manufactured to comply with the Americans with Disabilities Act are a given for many way-finding applications. If you’ve wrestled with the sometimes tricky task of removing the centers of the letters, only to have bits of glue left on the appliqué letters, here’s a handy tip from your friends at Regional Supply.

After you have carefully cut out the letters with your engraver machine you also have to remove the centers and leftover appliqué carefully. More often than not, bits of glue stick around, leaving an irritating residue on the surface of the appliqué letters.

The preferred method — one that avoids those annoying scratches that can mar the appearance of your signage — is to spray REMOVED TAG. Most sign fabricators use this easy way to remove glue, but you have to be careful. If you leave this liquid on the vinyl for too long, the letters will start to fall off the sign.

When you’re dealing with an aged wooden sign, here’s one technique that can reduce the chances of a mishap. Aim a heat gun at the decal and carefully scrape off the old vinyl. Be prepared to deal with small pieces of brittle vinyl, which can peel off of older signage. Don’t be too surprised, if that should happen.

Thoroughly cleaning the adhesive and ensuring all residue has been removed is a key to success. Adhesive removal fluid works well. Lastly, finish the removal job with an application of alcohol. Now you’re set to go!

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