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 a vehicle 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. 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 may 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 with concave surfaces. 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.
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.
Pictures are worth a thousand words. Check out this awesome transformation of this Mastercraft Maristar. The tower and the windshield frames were powder coated black, the windows were tinted. The interior vinyl was dyed black, the dash wrapped in carbon fiber. The owner is going to get new carpet and upholstery and this boat is going to look and feel like a new boat. With the rising boat prices this is a great investment when a boat is mechanically sound.
One of our goals when we started to wrap boats was to partner with a boat manufacture and this year was our year. Thank you to Gekko Boats for the opportunity!
We had the pleasure of working with the great crew of the Phaedo3 MOD70 racing sailboat. This is a 70' tiemaran that is currently raced around the world and holds multiple world records. These boats are known for their great speed and on the edge style of sailing! Check them out on facebook to keep up to date on their races. https://www.facebook.com/pages/Phaedo/190043577700851?fref=ts