Adhesive removal isn’t a job that anyone really enjoys. It is a step that is often skipped because it takes time, patience and really is a sticky boring job. One of if not the very most important steps in wrapping is properly cleaning your surface. I’d say 7 out of 10 times when there are issues with a wrap it is due to improper cleaning or no cleaning at all and we see it even from commercial wrap installers that lack the proper training and education. Removing adhesive really is a job anyone can do. We like to use a product called Rapid Remover by RapidTac. There are several similar products on the market made for removing adhesive. Removing adhesive is as simple as spraying on your adhesive remover and let it sit for about 60 seconds and then start scraping with a plastic edge scraper (We do NOT recommend use of razor blade style scrapers). We use old squeegees to scrape off adhesive. Another tip is to clean with a paper towel for this step. In the final cleaning stages you will use microfiber cloths, but in our experience using microfibers for adhesive removal tends to permanently damage the cloth and we like to wash and reuse our microfiber cloths. This make take up to two or three times in areas of heavy adhesive. If you just removed a wrap or graphics, areas where you are going to see the most adhesive build up are near the edges, door handles and areas that were primed prior to wrap installation. It can be a tedious time consuming job but it is a must.
Why not just wrap over the old adhesive? The first thing you should know about wrapping is that your wrap is only as good as the surface it is applied to. If you wrap over the adhesive, the wrap is now stuck to the adhesive and not the surface of the vehicle or substrate you are applying the film to. Think of it as a sticker and if you have ever tired to stick it to a dirty surface, all the dirt and grime stick to the sticker and it’s not able to grip the surface, the same concept on wrap material. The second thing you should know is that wrap film is made to be thin, like a second skin, and conform to the surface in which it is applied to. There is a good chance if you have adhesive under the wrap, just like a spec of dust or dirt, you will see it. Just remember it is so much more cost effective and time efficient to do the job right the first time instead of doing it twice.
We have a lot of local fans that enjoy driving by our shop to see what is getting wrapped next or getting a sneak peak at what is just coming out and waiting for the customer to pick up. When we pull a new wrap out of the shop I’ve seen several near vehicle accident situations. This year we’ve made a big effort to do some more time-lapse videos, so make sure you subscribe to our new YouTube page. For the quickest updates follow us on Facebook and Instagram. Looking for design ideas and inspiration check out our Pinterest page. Click on the icons to the right side of the page to be directed to our social media pages. Like, follow, subscribe and interact.
Ultimate Boat Wraps is proud to sponsor the Phenom Genetics bull trailer. We’ve been very fortunate to work with Matt Scharping over the past few years on his wraps and graphics. He runs a stand up business. We have had the opportunity to visit his farm, meet the bulls and learn more about Matt’s passion. A big shout out to our crew, they worked a lot of long hard hours on removing the old wrap, getting the trailer cleaned, prepped and the new wrap installed. Nice work, it turned out great.
Check out the video we submitted for the 2012 Honu Video Contest and get a little sneak peak of what life is like on the water with the UltimateBoatWraps family.
Join us on our adventure to St. Croix, USVI to wrap a truck and a boat for Aquaman.
We are so excited to share with you our last UBW project boat. When we started wrapping boats almost 12 years ago, finding project boats was an easy task, with the up-turn of the boat market finding a project boat became a little more difficult. We bought and sold a couple of brand new boats.. Don’t get me wrong, we loved all the bells and whistles of the new boats, but we missed the fun and challenge of bringing new life to an older boat. Last summer we were super excited to find our diamond in the rough. I have to admit that working with the yellow hull was a bit of a design challenge but we are really happy with the finished project.