Question obout vinyl lettering??

Discussion in 'Trucks and Trailers' started by PLS-Tx, Dec 28, 2006.

  1. PLS-Tx

    PLS-Tx LawnSite Silver Member
    from Texas
    Messages: 2,384

    We're having our enclosed trailer lettered today, and I'm thinking about doing the truck at a later time to match the trailer.

    My question is, if I sell the truck in a few years, how do I remove the residue from the lettering?

    Is it even possible to remove it all? I've seen alot of trucks running around that have had the lettering removed and you can still tell where the letters were.

    The truck and trailer are both white if that makes any difference.

  2. N&CLandscaping

    N&CLandscaping LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 359

    Its easy... Pay someone to do it! lol
  3. nmez21

    nmez21 LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 712

    My dad took some lettering off a light brown truck a year or two ago. You could tell where the letters had been so we took it to a guy that does quite a bit or paint work and he used some pressurized water to get it off- sorry, I can't tell you what the psi level was though. Hope this helps.
  4. stumpslawncare

    stumpslawncare LawnSite Member
    Messages: 153

    Heating the Lettering up with a blow dryer or by other means will make the letters come off easier, (this is what we do on the race car when we change sponsors) sometimes you will need to use a solvent to get some of the glue residue off. If you have a truck that has been lettered for a long period of time and set out in the sun then the rest of the trucks color will fade and the color under the lettering will not, so when you remove the letters you can still see where they have been. Unsure if that is true on a white vehicle.
  5. LawnTamer

    LawnTamer LawnSite Gold Member
    Messages: 3,986

    It is.

    You could have magnetic signs that match.
  6. Jason Rose

    Jason Rose LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 5,858

    Problem with having the vinal on the vehicle isn't removing the letters or the stickey, it's that the vehicles paint fades normally in the sun, and where the letters are it dosn't. the longer they are on there the more they will be faded in. The darker the paint, the worse it's going to be noticable. a couple years may have no effect though, just depends on the paint and how much sun it sees over the year.
  7. Lynden-Jeff

    Lynden-Jeff LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,405

    If you remove the vinyl and then take it to a body shop for a buff/polish, you will never know the difference and the entire paintjob will look like new. For my ram it runs around $400 for removal and buff.

  8. tthomass

    tthomass LawnSite Gold Member
    from N. VA
    Messages: 3,498

    power washer can strip the paint if you're not careful........i imagine a good buffing is needed or at least would help after removal
  9. The Rookie

    The Rookie LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 290

    Get a hold of your local snap on tool or matco tool dealer and get an eraser wheel. It is used to remove pinstripes, lettering, ect. Buff the paint afterwards to blend the faded paint.
  10. Ga.GrassCutter

    Ga.GrassCutter LawnSite Member
    Messages: 42

    Goo B Gone, works good, along with elbow grease.

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