Sign decal

Old 11-15-16, 06:06 PM
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Sign decal

I am removing a decal that is on a lighted monument/pylon sign which the boss thought would be easy as removing letters off a truck or van. Turns out not to be so. Lettering is very thin like a plastic bag. I heat it up and it gets soft and melts when it cools it just breaks off.

Anyway, I got the lettering off and the glue is left. I was having some success taking the glue off with Goof Off which is some pretty strong stuff but tends to make it all gooie and it evaporates very fast so I have to keep adding more.

I was wondering if somebody knows of something else/better I could use? Denatured alcohol? Paint thinner?

BTW - I tried Goo Gone and I might as well have been using water. It did nothing.
Old 11-15-16, 06:30 PM
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If the adhesive is baked on, you might need to get serious and use a paint remover/brush cleaner (different than paint thinner) or a can of vandal mark remover... potent stuff.
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With dried latex paint, denatured alcohol does the same job as goof off so it might be an option.
Brush cleaner is pretty potent so you might want to test a small area first.
Old 11-16-16, 03:10 AM
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I had the same experience removing a political sticker from wifey's rear window. Decal came off, but glue was left. Tried scraping with the flat of a razor blade. NOT. It just gummed up ahead of the blade. I finally used MEK, but even then it streaked a little. A final wash down with vinegar cleared the glass. It was the most difficult to remove I have had.
Old 11-16-16, 05:12 AM
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Try using WD-40 or Silicon spray.
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WD 40 would have been my recommendation as well but Norm beat me to it.

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