the struggles with removing reflective material from vehicles is that it
leaves the silver and adhesive on the vehicle. I have found that this
mult layer is very difficult to remove with the traditional method of
Rapid Remover as the silver blocks somewhat the penetration of the fluid
to the glue level requiring multi application and scraping to get down
to it. In the mean time there is remover all down the side of the
vehicle and a huge puddle on the ground and ultimately you step in it
and track it all over. I discovered the technique on hot afternoon and
by accident as I was removing the reflective vinyl some masking tape got
stuck to the silver/adhesive layer. In my frustration I ripped of the
tape and off came the silver AND the adhesive in one pull...much to my
surprise I tried it again and it WORKED! Hot damn I realized I had
something here! So here is how I do it.
First remove all the graphics and don't worry about what is left behind.
sometimes a heat gun or when there is no electricity we use a propane
torch, can help soften the graphics for easier removal...you know the
one that has a trigger so you can light it and when you let go the flame
shuts off( at the chain hardware stores for about 40$, worth every
After all the graphics are removed apply 3" masking tape. I have found
that the cheep stuff works the best. Place it over the silver and
adhesive. If you have long stripes then a horizontal application will
prove best in a faster removal.
Once the tape in applied go over the silver and
adhesive, with a squeegee applying firm pressure over the tape. In a
lower temperature environment apply heat to the tape and re-squeegee.
What I have found it’s that the adhesive of the masking tapes makes a
bond with the adhesive on the vehicle.
Now...at a sharp angle pull the masking tape off
lifting the silver and adhesive with it. You will be surprised at how
this comes off in one sheet!!!...it is amazing and after the all the
adhesive is off there will be a little residue and dirt layer at the
edge of where the graphics was. You can then spay a light layer of
Rapid Remover on the vehicle and
it will remove this edge grime and adhesive that was not removed with
the tape. Using unprinted white paper towels degrease with Rapid Prep
and a final cleaning with Rapid TacII
and you vehicle is ready for the auction or a new application of
I hope this helps and I am sure this can speed up
your removal of reflective graphics from a vehicle surface. I have also
found that this will work on the removal of adhesive on regular graphics