Remove car stickers for car owners based in Perth

July 25th 2014 in Remove Decals and Stickers

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Now for those readers in the USA or Europe who have not visited Australia before, Perth is located in Western Australia and is known for it’s dry heat.

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This has a big impact on car stickers as the dry heat, means car decals and stickers really get baked onto the car’s surface.

The result is that the car stickers become very hard to remove.

To give you some background, most car stickers can be easily removed if they are on the surface less than 12 months.

The reason being, is that the adhesive that keeps the sticker or decal on the surface, has not had the compound change and can still be easily removed – sometimes even with finger nails (though being a slow process).

The difference is when the heat builds up (over 30 degrees or 100 Fahrenheit such as in Perth or Arizona) for days on end and it actually changes the adhesive structure.

The car sticker become almost bonded to the surface and makes the sticker very hard to remove. Obvious signs of a sticker that has been on 404 Not Found the surface for a long time is cracked stickers, or stickers where the edge has slightly moved in,.

If your car has these baked on stickers after being out in the sun, then there is still hope.

Your options to remove this old baked on decals are:

  1. Razor blade: we say NO as old stickers are hard to move and can easily result in the blade slipping and damaging your painted surface
  2. Plastic razor blade: unfortunately it won’t work on these old decals as it’s very difficult to get under the lip/ edge of the sticker to remove it
  3. Heat gun or razor blade: the good news is that this option can work, though takes longer. The reason being is that old stickers usually crack so using a heat gun is slow as this technique uses a peeling approach which works best on new decals
  4. Whizzy Wheel: definitely the best approach for removing old decals and car stickers that have been baked on as it works by wearing way the decal. As the whizzy wheel is made from soft rubber,

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    it can be used on painted car surfaces and not damage the paint.

So if you live in Perth or a hot climate that makes removing stickers from your vehicle harder, then please contact us so we can help

We also recommend using a product like citrus degreaser that is great for removing any left over residue from the surface on your car. Often the older car stickers, leave more adhesive on the surface that can be removed easily by spraying on some citrus degreaser

Note: if you want to

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re-apply a new sticker on your car, make sure you thoroughly wash your car as the new sticker will not adhere to the surface if there is any degreaser left over.

Before we head off, we always love to hear your questions or comments about the best way to remove sticker and decals, learning about new sticker removal tools or just generally removing the world of unsightly stickers – so feel free to drop us a line at peter@pacificwebb.com.auIf you need assistance

 

Regards,
Peter

Chief Decal Removal Officer

 

P.S for those in the USA – we sell the whizzy wheel via amazon and offer free delivery, 

What’s the Best Sticker Removal Tool?

July 17th 2014 in Remove Decals and Stickers

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This week’s Sticker removal blog is all about understanding your situation and how best to remove stickers. I have outlined a few scenario’s where we can answer your question of “what’s the best sticker removal tool”.

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To make it easy we have listed out the scenario’s for people who need help in removing stickers from either a car, truck, RV, window or campervan.

Please yell out “help me remove stickers” if you are in any of the following situations

  • Need to remove an old sticker from your RV before taking a vacation?
  • Want to buy a 2nd hand car from a car dealer and there is an old baked on sticker or decal that needs to be removed before purchase
  • Shop window has old marketing or branding and those stickers need to be removed
  • Your companies brand has changed and need to take off old car advertising stickers from the car and vehicle fleet
  • Bought a delivery van or courier truck with another companies logo and those stickers need to be removed
  • OR if in Malaysia, have a serious problem with sticker graffiti and needs to remove stickers and decals from public street signs, seats and windows
  • Own a race car team (or NASCAR team) and want to change the stickers to the new car advertising sponsors.

OK, now we have determined the different scenario’s you have for removing stickers, let’s look at the best options.

 

The best sticker removal options, really comes down to the best type of sticker removal tool. I have put it in table format and listed them from most expensive to cheapest, in terms of purchase price, but have not considered the value of your own time*.

 

Tool

Cost

Pro’s

Con’s

Whizzy Wheel Sticker removal tool

$39 +shipping

Fastest way to remove large stickers and decals

Best method for really old baked on stickers

Works on most surfaces (except plastic)

 

Cost

Not good for plastic

 

Plastic razor blades

$15 – 20 + shipping

Great for small delicate jobs like bicycle helmets

Great for plastic surfaces

Slow and not good for large areas

Citrus degreaser (see Home Depot)

$5-15

Great at clearing up the surface and removing left over adhesive

Doesn’t actually remove the sticker or decal.

 

Hair Dryer

Free**

Works well on newer decals

Low cost

Doesn’t work well on older decals that have been baked on

 

The majority of Decals and Stickers, even the really old baked on ones, that first appear hard to remove can easily be taken off with the right tool

If cost is not an issue, then the Whizzy Wheel is definitely the fastest and easiest way to remove stickers.

If cost is high on your agenda, then try a hair dryer or heat gun to take off the sticker, however, it generally only works well on newer stickers, that have been on the surface 12months or less

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(*Note: your own time has not been included in the cost of different sticker removal tools as the assumption is that the article is read by people who will remove decals and stickers in their own time and not part of a sticker removal business. If you are a professional car detailer or someone who removes stickers and decals as a professional service, then the Whizzy Wheel is definitely the fastest ways to remove decals)

** Assume you or your partner has a hair dryer or heat gun in the house or garage. Otherwise, they range from $20 – 100

Regards,
Peter

www.decalstickerremover.com

Car Decal Removal A Breeze With Whizzy Wheel

July 9th 2014 in Remove Decals and Stickers

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Your vehicle is your pride, but those stickers and decals over it are not looking too good, and you want to get rid of them. Of course there was a time your decals were the talk of the town. But not now – the decals and stickers are looking dull after losing their texture. So you want to give your vehicle a spruced up look by fighting declas.

But after having tried numerous methods to remove car decals and stickers, such as gasoline, soapy water, metal blades, and chemical formulations, you are feeling frustrated as car decal removal is taking too long, draining you of resources and energy. With Whizzy Wheel, you no longer have to struggle with traditional methods of car sticker removal. This easy-to-use tool allows you to remove decals quickly within a few minutes with little effort.

How Does Whizzy Wheel Work?

The easiest and fastest car decal removal tool is made from specially designed soft rubber that makes it safe for use on all surfaces, including on walls, trucks, cars, and floors, among other areas. The Whizzy Wheel works equally great on the hardest of decals that have been baked over for years. However, avoid using the wheel on plastic surfaces.

Compared to other alternatives that would take your entire day to remove decals, Whizzy Wheel does the work within 15-20 minutes, without require any great effort or special skill on your part. What’s more, you do not need any specific tools or chemicals for removing toughest and hardest decals with Whizzy Wheel.

What’s So Great About Whizzy Wheel?

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Some decal removal chemicals can ruin the surface and make it look unattractive. Of course you do not want to distort the surface of your favorite vehicle. Fortunately, this is not the case with this wonder wheel, which is an innovation in decal sticker removal technology. Designed for high-speed removal of car decals, vinyl, graphics, and molding tape, Whizzy Wheel can work equally well on

  • painted surfaces, including side panels, car doors and windows, without scratching or damaging urethane paint or acrylic enamel.
  • the back of moldings, removing glue and adhesive tapes
  • glass and OEM painted surfaces to remove pinstripes, decals, reflective tapes, and bumper stickers

Car sticker removal with Whizzy Wheel saves you time, efforts, and energy.

Who is this Product for?

As a fast and time saving method of decal sticker removal, Whizzy Wheel is the best product for use for:

✓  Car Dealerships: If you are a car dealer, you often trade in cars and find decals and stickers on the vehicle.  The sight of decals is unpleasing to you. But worry not, Whizzy Wheel will quickly eliminate the backed-on ugliness from your car and spruce up the vehicle, giving it a new look!

✓  Second-Hand Car owners: If you have purchased a second-hand car, you may want to remove that sticker or decal on the rear window. Get your hands on the Whizzy Wheel and you will never have to worry about those old unsightly decals.

✓  Bodyshops: More often, smash repairers are required to remove car decals before repairing scratches and dents.

Whizzy Wheel is an ultimate car decal removal tool that will whiz away toughest and hardest stickers 25% quicker than other methods. Not only this, it is three times more durable compared to other sticker removal alternatives and lasts longer.

How To Use Whizzy Wheel?

Using this revolutionary tool for car decal removal is simple and takes only a few minutes to remove stickers and decals. All you need to do is

✓  unpack it

✓  attach the wheel with the Arbor

✓  connect it to a drilling machine

✓  turn on the drill

✓  move it back and forth over the decals

And that’s it!

Whizzy Wheel effectively loosens the cellular matter that has been keeping the sticker or decal indefinitely stuck. It can work wonders in removing impossible-to-remove decals, vinyl, and stickers, though it is not recommended for use on plexi-glass, lacquer paints, acrylic, non-OEM finished surfaces, and soft plastic substrates. While other alternatives leave a sticky adhesive substance behind while removing stickers, which looks odd and doubles your efforts, the Wonder Wheel speedily removes majority of the adhesive while leaving no stains/scratches behind.

 Benefits of Using Whizzy Wheel

Decals change the look of a vehicle. But over a period of time, they start to lose their old-world charm, texture, and glamour, requiring you to make efforts to remove them carefully so that you do not end up distorting the surface. With Wizzy Wheel, removing car decals is a breeze. Here are a few benefits of using Wizzy Wheel:

✓  Increased width

When Whizzy Wheel works on the surface, there is more rubber contact, which quickly removes the decal.

✓  New design

Whizzy Wheel is an innovation in the field of car decal removal. The latest design cuts grooves into the circumference, thus reducing heat build-up.

✓  Larger rubber diameter

Compared to the older alternatives, the Whizzy Wheel is bigger and works faster, so you get your money’s worth.

✓  Cooler

Whizzy Wheel effortlessly eliminates most-stuck on stickers at about 4000 RPM, thanks to its flow-more groove technology that allows for easy escape of the heat.

When using power tools, such as Whizzy Wheel, always wear proper protective gear to stay on the safer side. The revolutionary tool works best at 1500 – 3000 rpm. Make sure you apply light pressure and let the wheel do the work. When you begin the sticker or decal removal job, start at the top of the decal and gradually move from one side to another. The best way to use the tool is to utilize the entire width of the wheel, which uses a plastic blade and is designed for smaller surfaces to wipe out decals without affecting the surface.

Discover The Magic of Decal Removal With A Single Flick With Whizzy Wheel

Wonder Products has come up with Whizzy Wheels as the perfect solution for dealing with vinyl signs, decals, and stickers. Whizzy Wheel uses rubber and plastic, which are gentle on the surface and make decal removal a cakewalk. Not only this, being chemical-free this wonder wheel is safe for use on a variety of surfaces and can work on small and larger spaces to remove car decals, stickers or vinyl signs, without gouging, scratching or scuffing the surface.

It’s that time of year…. Warmer months and time to remove car stickers and decals?

July 3rd 2014 in Remove Decals and Stickers

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Now you can tell when it’s getting warmer in Texas and Florida (and yes both places have lovely weather most of the year), as we always get a big spike in late spring about enquiries on how to remove car stickers and decals.

Now before we gone through the best ways to remove stickers, (as we have over 20+ years of family experience), I am trying to give my reason why there is a spike in decal removal questions. My guesses are:

-  Summer is on the way and people want to make their car, truck, RV, campervan, SUV or 2nd hand car look great – hence need to take off car decals

-  Spike in 2nd hand car sales as people feeling happy that warmer months are on the way. Often 2nd hand cars (from the 1990’s and 1980’s have old car decals, pin stripping down the side of them)

-  Vacation time: families and retirees (using 401K savings) want to make the RV and Campervan look fantastic and hence remove the decals or stickers from the side of the vehicle

-  Hitting the Lake for summer: people taking vacations and want to make the boat look smart so removing old decals – mostly old registration stickers

So regardless if I have guessed the reason you need to take off a decal or sticker…

Below are The Best Approaches, Depending on The Surface and Material

  1. Metal Razor blade: big RED flag. Only use as a last resort for glass surfaces and never on painted surfaces. Yes it’s cheap, but easily scratches the paint work and can cut yourself, making for a messy job
  2. Heat gun or hair dryer: these do work and often a cheap option. From our tests over the years, the hair dryer works on new car stickers (less than a few years old – and only if not baked on from the hot sun). The downside is if the decal is cracked, you can not easily peel it off. The best way is to test it out with your hair dryer. Heat the decal up for a few minutes, then try and slowly peel off the sticker
  3. Citrus degreaser: great at removing adhesive or any left over residue on the surface, though not very useful at actually taking of a sticker. We recommend to use this to clean the surface once the sticker has been removed. Usually a gallon drum is under $15 so it’s fairly well priced
  4. Whizzy Wheel: definitely the fastest way to remove a sticker from any vehicle, though does cost around $39… the upside is it will get the job very fast and is the only solution we have found that works on old baked on decals. Usually people who have tried option above without success, contact us to use the Whizzy Wheel to get off those really hard to remove decals. It’s also used by professionals and car detailers who have large jobs to complete.

(we recently helped out a company who had over 200 cars in their fleet who needed the stickers and decals removed from them and the Whizzy Wheel worked amazingly well)

In summary, if you are looking for a car decal removal tool or a tool to remove car stickers, then the whizzy wheel is by far the best product on the market.

We also love having happy customers, so if you have any questions, please email us at peter@pacificwebb.com.au or use the live chat button at the bottom of the screen for an instant response to your decal and sticker removal questions

Regards,
Peter

Chief Decal Removal Officer

How to Remove Car Fleet Decals

May 30th 2014 in Remove Decals and Stickers

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How to Remove Car Fleet Decals

One of the great feelings I get each week is when I receive calls from people who need to remove decals and stickers.

Last week I received a call from John who need to remove decals from 800+ cars across his fleet of energy vehicles.

(FYI – the goods news that these are not car wraps that need to be removed, rather medium sized stickers that are 2 x 1 feet. Each vehicles has 3 – 4 decals)

So how do you tackle a job that requires 800+ vehicles in a car fleet, to be removed of decals?

Approach – A

The first step is you need to understand how big the job is.

One approach is to take stock of the cars and pick-up trucks that have decals on them, count up the number of those cars and determine how many decals are on each auto.

If there are different size cars that you need to remove decals from, then you can take the medium (average).

Once you have done the math, in this case you will probably need a calculator, we suggest you do a test run on two different vehicles to time how long it takes to remove the decals from the car.

Further down we have provided four different approaches to removing the decals.

After you have removed the decals from the 2 cars, if they took a similar amount of time, then you can use the average and multiply this out across your car fleet to determine the total time.

We find if there is a big difference between the time it took to remove the decals from car 1 and car 2, assuming there is approximately the same amount of decals, then we suggest you be conservative and use the time it took the longer amount for

That or you can try do a 3rd car and see how long that one took

Tip

Often when people remove decals, they forget to factors in the time it takes to remove any left over adhesive.

We suggest to also include an additional 15% in time as there are always some decals that take alot long to remove.

Ground rules

It’s always good to know who installed the decals as when high quality decals are used, they are much easier to take off.

The reason is that a consistent and standardized adhesive is used, that doesn’t cement on the surface as if it’s designed to last 1000 years.

The best quality stickers and vinyl are generally manufactured by Avery and 3M and are designed to not leave much adhesive or residue on the surface when the decal is removed.

That said, both 3M and Avery do manufacture lots of different vinyl and decals products where some have very strong adhesive and are not designed to be applied to cars.

Hence it’s helpful to know the type of Decal brand that has been used

Testing the best method to remove the Fleet Car Decals

We always recommend to our customers to test different options for removing decals from their cars.

It’s also a good idea to test in a small discrete area first to make sure the technique you use, does not affect the painted surface.

From our experience, we are 100% confident that the Whizzy Wheel is the fastest method to remove car decals, though it always help that the customer witnesses this first, hand, rather than is told this

Your Five options are:

  1. Decals that appear on Glass: If the car decal is only on the glass (not painted surfaces) you can try use a metal razor blade. I wouldn’t recommend this for large jobs as you might end up hurting yourself by cutting your finger or hand
  2. Plastic razor blade: this definitely works on painted surfaces and is safe. However, due to the small size of blades, we only recommend it for very small jobs
  3. Heat gun: this works quite well for newer decals. I suggest any decal that is less than 2.5 yers old, using heat can work well. Around the 2.5 year mark, the decal begins to crack and the adhesive bonds to the decals which makes it harder to remove from the car’s surface.
  4. Whizzy Wheel: this is the fastest and quickest way to remove large car decals. It works by wearing away the decal and is especially good at removing large decals and adhesive
  5. Adhesive remover: products like Goo-Gone and citrus degreaser work well in removing the goo or adhesive that is left on the surface once the Decal has been removed, but is not effective at removing the decal from the car

 Video demonstrations of different appr0aoches to remove car decals

1. Metal Razor Blade

 2. Plastic razor blade

 

3. Heat gun

4. Whizzy Wheel

5. Adhesive remover

Approach – B

After the fun and games of testing different methods to remove the car decals, counted up the number of cars with decals to remove, plus worked out the average number of decals per car, then it’s time to get to work.

We have found using 3rd parties for removing car decals are okay if the vehicle is going to have the decals replaced.

The reason being, these 3rd party contractors tend to do cheap and rushed jobs and don’t remove all the adhesive from the cars surface.

This is passable if the surface is going to be covered up again by new decals, but not good, when the surface will be left clean

Bonus TIP

If it’s your job to take off a large number of decals, you may not have had a say in how they are applied….. sometimes you get the rough end of the stick

In case you did have a say, or potentially in put in the future, do NOT use 3M Primer 94 to ensure the decal edges are stuck down

In the past, there was a myth that using this means the edges are sealed properly and that water won’t get under the decal edges.

That is not true

If you have  professional install the decal, then you don’t need to use 3M Primer. It’s a lazy mans way of installing a car decal

What happens is when the 3M primer is used it makes it very hard to take off the decal and leaves alot of residue on the surface.

If someone uses 3M Primer for applying a car decal, they are just cutting corners and trying to speed up the job.

The exception

The only time this rule doesn’t apply is when applying a Decal to a water vessel or baot. Sometimes 3M Primer is used to seal the edges as the Decal can be submerged of under constant sea and fresh water

We hope this article answers your question about removing and taking off car decals from a fleet of cars, and also assisted at looking at the different options you have.

We always love helping people remove decals, so please let us know how we can help

Regards,
Peter

Chief “Decal Removal” Officer

P.S – we have recently helped alot of people in the United States, Australia, Texas and California  remove car decals. We even got a questions from Tasmania about car fleet decal removal so always welcome to your questions 

Boat Decals – How to remove them

May 26th 2014 in Remove Decals and Stickers

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This will probably only relate to those boat lovers out there and unfortunately, I am not in that group.

However, I would love to help you boat owners out there remove any decals from your lovely (big or small) boat.

Now without getting into the etiquette of boat naming, as I’ve heard it’s bad luck to rename a boat, there is a need to remove boat decals due to registration changes or removing some of those slightly older 1980’s / 1990’s style decals.

Boat Decals

Boat Decals

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I thought this image is very fitting as is part car, part boat and alot of pink, with plenty of decals to remove.

Okay – to be serious for those boat lovers…

You need to be careful removing and boat decals, depending on the surface.

For boats that are:

  1. Aluminium boats: basically you can use any tool to remove decals on this type of boat as there is very little risk in affecting the surface. You could use a whizzy wheel, hair dryer, citrus degreaser, or even a razor blade
  2. Fibreglass boats: you can use the most of the options above (excluding the metal razor blade), though I would be careful as fibreglass can be a sensitive surface. I would recommend, what ever approach you use, to test the surface first to see how the fibreglass or plastic re-acts.

 

If you know of an interesting boating stories or even big decals that had to removed from boats, please share it with us.

Regards,
Peter
Chief “decal removal” officer
www.decalstickerremover.com

P.S – for any yacht enthusiasts out there, check out the top 10 yacht races below http://www.jkmconsultancy.nl/2010/04/top-10-yachting-races-in-the-world/

 

Celebrities, Car Wraps, Decal Removal

May 22nd 2014 in Remove Decals and Stickers

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(And then they are wondering what’s the best way to remove decals from their vehicles?)

 

Famous people love showing off their super pricey luxury cars that get alot of attention –.

In today’s society, if the car you purchase is a Bentley, or Lamborghini that is usually the beginning of many modifications to be made to the vehicle to make it look special (or turn more heads).

A famous boxer called Riyadh Al-Azzawi is the latest high profile celebrity to wrap his car and make it stand out from the rest.

And guess what he is using to make his Ferrari stand out ….. GOLD DECALS (also known as a full car wrap)

The boxer owns a Ferrari 458 Spider, shown below on the streets of London, in a spanking new Gold WRAP Decal….. The below tells the story….

I read some comments that people believe the car is made from gold (well gold plating) but it’s actually a particular Gold decal car wrap, that is installed over the total car’s surface.

The car decal, that is a bright gold, cost the owner around $600,000 and the full car decal (vinyl) wrap is expected to another $10,000 to make and install.

Car Wrapped - Ferrari Gold

Car Wrapped - Ferrari Gold

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

My gut feel is that $10,000 to produce and install the car wrap (even if it’s gold) is a little much, though if you are purchasing a car worth more than half a million dollars, then an spending an extra $10k is like loose change!

“Wrapping” cars is a latest trend that is taking the celeb’s by storm. (the term wrap is now used, rather than decal or stickers) as it gives them more publicity, attention and coverage in the media.

So a car wrap is basically a car decal that covers your whole car and any type of design that you can think of.

In the photo above, the car wrap is to replicate gold, though any other designs can be used as you will see below.

What this means, is, if you are a celeb and what to can change the image of your vehicle before a movie launch or concert, it can be done in less than 24 hours….simply, remove wrap, take off the adhesive and apply a new design.

(maybe if the boxer loses his #1 ranking he may use a silver or bronze style car wrap, rather than the gold)

If the celeb’s need someone with skills to remove these car wraps, then I’ll be the first to put my hand up as the easiest method to remove car wraps/ decals is the old Whizzy Wheel (and if they paid $10k to have them installed, I’m sure they are not short of change to pay from the wrap to be removed)

I’ve compiled a list below of the top celeb’s, the type of car wrap they have and what designs have been used….. and even a few pictures and video tutorials if you want to change the look of your car by applying a wrap or removing your current car wrap or decals/.

  • Rapper Chris Brown.

Now Chris is a famour rapper and has had his Lamborghini warpped in the theme of a world war II fighter plane.

It looks pretty fancy and would have taken a lot of design work

Lamborghini - Car Decal

Lamborghini - Car Decal

 

Chris did not stop at having his Lambo car wrapped and covered in decals. A Porsche Panamera who also owns has been covered in decals that look like it has been spray painted with graffiti.

 

 

 

 

 

  • The new Bad Boy in Town – Justin Bieber

So Justin has grown up (not matured) and has had his fare share of tattoo’s applied and been got street racing.

It appears Justin new love is putting full body decals (wraps on his cars) is another big wrapper (not rapper).

The vehicles that Mr Bieber has wrapped in are a leopard print on an Audi R8 and a black matte finish on his Cadillac’s, Smart Car, Range Rover and Mercedes Benz.

  • Deadmau5 – A DJ from Europe

This is a DJ who loves playing at clubs and put a blue rainbow full body car wrap on his car. And guess what type of car he has…. yes the very popular Ferrari 458. The full car wrap was a dedication to one of the music video’s he made.

  • LeBron James – for you guys who love Big Celeb Car lovers.

So the biggest name in Basketball also loves having decals on his super cars.

For his Italian Super car, he got a decal that matched his shoes. You can tell from the picture that Mr James like the tropical feel.

Lebron James - Full Car Wrap

Lebron James - Full Car Wrap

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

  • Lapo Elkann – A Car Man with Strong ties in Manufacturing

So this guy is not so famous but when you have a big brother who is the chairman of Fiat it does help.

Apparently he had his Italian Red racing car (yes another Ferrari) wrapped in camouflage colours. (and who said Italy had no armed forces)

Ferrari - Camouflage Car Decals

Ferrari - Camouflage Car Decals

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

If anyone wants help removing car decal wraps, then please let us know.

If you want some step by step tutorial on how to apply a car wrap, I found this great video on youtube that goes for about 5 minutes.

 

AS a bonus today, I have included a short summary below of the top benefits to wrap your vehicle, to help with advertisers – it’s similar to what celebrities do to get more attention, is what you can do with your car

1. Gets you attention

If you install large colourful decals on your company cars it will make it stand out from all the other vehicles on the road and give you alot of low cost advertising and exposure.

Great Truck Decals for Advertising

Great Truck Decals for Advertising

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

2. Increase the reach of your Audience

Even if you only have one or two vehicles in your company, if you drive your vehicle as part of your job, , you will give a big boost to your businesses exposure wrapping your car in your companies logo.

3. No offensive Advertising

With the rise of seach engines, google adwords and social media, interruption advertising (i.e. those annoying ads where they yell on the TV) used in television and radio is on the otter.

Your new customers can easily see your message without distracting them from what they’re doing.

My gut feel is people often respond better to the using wrap advertising on your car, rather than the old school interruption used in TV and Radio

4. It’s Advertising that is Mobile

Ever wanted advertising that goes where you go?

Cars that are wrapped are not restricted to someone who only listens to raido, rather your car wrap advertising goes where your car goes.

This can be great as by going on vacation or sport matches with your kids, means your business gets more advertising and exposure thanks to your cool car wrap.

5. Decals – the added bonus: it will protect your car paint aswell

Big Bonus: if your vehicle is completely covered by decals or a full body car wrap, then the surface will be protected. There won’t be or only minimal damage from rocks or scratches.

It also means the paint won’t fade from the heavy heat of the sun.

This article has been some fun, though the real way we can help is by helping you easily remove car decals and wraps.

Without being bias, we have found using a tool such as the Whizzy Wheel and is the easiest and most effective way to remove car decals.

 It’s a simple as

Simple Step 1 Pull your Whizzy Wheel from its lovely white packaging.

Simple Step 2 Connect the Whizzy Wheel to any household drill with the arbour supplied in the packaging.

Simple Step 3 Press the Whizzy Wheel on any wrap, sticker, decal, or vinyl (up to 50 years old) and make sure the drill is turned on.

Simple Step 4 Be amazed as the car wrap or decal is easily removed.

We always love helping people remove decals, so please let us know how we can help

Regards,
Peter

Chief “Decal Removal” Officer

P.S – we have recently help alot of people in Sydney, New York and even Los Angeles remove car decals recently so regardless of where you are, we love to help

How to remove old car decals

May 16th 2014 in Remove Decals and Stickers

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The Z to A of Decal Removal

Placing Decals on the side of your vehicle is an advertising option for businesses that increases exposure and a low cost option.

Removing these car stickers, however, can be difficult without the proper preparation and tools.

Thanks to strong adhesive in some of the Decals on the market they have been designed to last a long time

TIP: if ever getting decals installed on your car, and you know they might need removing in the future, ask for the Decal that can be removed more easily in the future. (they are available)

If you do need the decals removed and didn’t ask for the easier to remove decal material, then there is hope…. It just requires a bit of work and preparation

Decal Age Makes a Difference!

The age of a Decal, how long its been on the surface is one of the main determinants of the method you can use to remove the car decal.

Decals that have only been on for a few hours can usually be removed and reapplied fairly easily.

The video at this decal removal website shows how easily the decal can be removed.

That said, most people who need help removing decals are in the situation where the Decal has been on for many years.

If car or truck has been in a climate that is hot, such as Texas, California or desert like places (and no Sydney, Australian, doesn’t count), then the decal can be really hard to remove.

The reason is the adhesive and the decal really start to stick together that makes it incredibly hard to remove.

For new decals installed within the last 24 hours, removing it from the window and re-positioning it should be pretty stress-free. Adhesive in climates that aren’t too hot usually take 40 to 70 hours to properly stick on. This will allow you enough time to make any changes to your car decal installation.

Just remember that decals are generally designed to be used once, so moving a decal around or re-applying it can mean it loses it’s sticking power.

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That said, we recommend you use a “level” to make sure the decal is on straight and avoids having to re-apply the decal.

So if you need to remove a decal within the first day or so and want to re-use it, we recommend you use a plastic razor blade so the shape of the decal is not affected

If you used a whizzy wheel or hair dryer to take of the decal, it will damage, bend, stretch or tear the decal so it will not be possible to use it again.

What’s the best method to remove old car & truck decals off?

Some say a simple phrase such as ”Patience and Time” is the key.

Our advice really is based on how quickly you want to remove the decal and whether you want to do it yourself.

I’ll base the conversation around three scenario’

1. You want the decal removed and rather someone else do it.

There are plenty of people who will remove decals for you. We have found they charge around $150 to remove decals off your side door’s and bonne.t This usually takes around 1 – 3 hours, depending on the size of the job and technique they us.

 

2. You want the lowest cost option and don’t care how long it takes

Definitely get out the hair dryer and find yourself a plastic razor blade. This approach can be time consuming and a little frustrating if the car decal is really old as it makes it hard to remove as the decal only comes off in small pieces.

3. Buy an rubber wheel:

This cost a few bucks (around $39), though is definitely cheaper the paying someone and quick than the hair dryer. The only downside, is like step 2 (the hair dryer) is that it will take some elbow grease.

People sometimes mention using a metal razor blade to take off the car decal or sticker.

If you go really slow and keep wetting the surface (decal) with the alcohol-water solution until it is removed entirely, then it’s possible. However, it’s really easy to damage the paint work or cut yourself, so we do not recommend this option.

(you can use this option on glass surfaces, though we still recommend you be very careful not to cut yourself).

Assuming you are removing the Decal that will be thrown out, don’t worry if you tear some of the decal as you remove it.

However, you should slowly and with caution as ripping the decal too often will cause you to have more work as the leftover pieces that still appear on the car decal still need to be removed.

Take your time and go slow, and you’ll be able to remove it in hopefully only a few pieces, that will make the job much quicker

For any remaining adhesive, some people suggest  Goo Gone, though we recommend citrus degreaser.

Spray it on the surface, wait around 10 – 15 seconds and then start to wipe off. It works really well on car surfaces to take off any left-over adhesive.

Regards,
Peter

Chief “Decal Removal” Officer

www.decalstickerremover.com

Wrapping up

We have been getting alot of enquiries from people removing decals in California, Florida  and Texas this month. If you live in one of these areas, please share with us your decal removal story, letting us know what did and did not work

 This video shows removing a Decal from a car window using a razor. Only shown for demonstration purposes

 

 

The most Common Car Decal questions

May 9th 2014 in Remove Decals and Stickers

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The most Common Car Decal questions

The most common question I get about Decals is not regarding how to remove them, rather what affect they will have on the car’s paint surface when they are applied

Having a car decal or truck installed raises questions for auto car owners about the affect os of the adhesive, material, and life-expectancy on the cars painted surface.

When applying a Decal to a car will it damage the car?

Firstly, applying a Decal to the painted surface of a car, will rarely damage the paint. The issue will only occur when it’s time to remove the Decal.

The main point is to determine whether the painted car surface is a factory finish paint job or a re-spray. Whenever a respray occurs, you can never guarantee the outcome of applying a decal as car repairs, use different standards and quality paints.

If you are going to apply a Decal, then you can ask the sign shop or decal installer the following questions:

1. Ask them to use a special adhesive that is produced specifically to not damage the paint.

These adhesives are no less strong than other adhesives and will last just as long. The main difference is that the decal comes off easier. The only downside, unless you know that this type of decal was used, there is no way to tell these decals, once installed, just by the appearance.

2. Ask them to use a lack-tack decal that are made of fabric like material and apply more like masking tape. These are also easier to remove aswell and less likely to damage the vehicles paint

How do you install a Car or Auto decal?

The key point when installing a car decal is to ensure the surface is clean or dirt and dust. If you try and apply a car or truck decal that is on a dusty surface, it’s like trying to get masking tape to stick to a dusty surface… it just won’ happen.

To install your car decal, we recommend the following steps

  1. Clean the area on the vehicle where the decal is going to be installed. If you used a solvent to clean the surface, make sure you use plenty of clean (not soapy) water to ensure all solvents are removed from the surface. (FYI – any solvents left of the surface will cause the decal to not adhere to the surface correctly).
  2. Measure the area where you are going to install the decal to locate the centre point. Tape the decal to the surface and slowly begin to remove the backing paper and apply the decal.
  3. Make sure you have a squeegee to apply the adhesive to the car. This also helps drag out any bubbles or air cavities from forming
  4. Take your time to ensure the decal does not fold on itself as the backing paper is removed.
  5. Once you are happy how the decal appears on your car, you can use a razor blade to cut the edges and remove any excess material remaining on the surface.

 

Can car decals go through a Car Wash?

Any decal that has been installed correctly can definitely go through a Car Wash. The majority of decals are stuck on with very strong adhesive so even if your car or vehicle was sub merged under water for 1 week, it would be unlikely that your car decal would be removed.

If you would like to know how to remove car decals, then please see the following article on car decal removal

How do I know what size car decal I Need?

The best way to answer this is to use common sense.

If you have a large pick-up truck, then you can have a much bigger car decal, then a small mini.

We suggest taking your car to a local sign shop who will often design and install the decal. They are the experts and can install the decals for you

What is the best way to remove a car decal?

Well you are going to get a bias answer here, though we will also provide our thoughts on low cost or even free options.

The top 3 options are:

  1. Plastic razor blade: for removing small areas and relevantly new decals
  2. Hair dryer: low cost method though not as useful if the decal is cracked as it tends to peel off in small segments
  3. Whizzy Wheel: yes we are bias though for around $39, this is definitely the fastest way to remove car decals.

The below video shows an example of removing a Car Decal

 

Regards,

Peter

Chief “Decal Removal” Officer

www.decalstickerremover.com

P.S – we sent some feedback to a customer lately on how best to remove decals and below is part of the email

 

I’ve included a few points below that may help with your job

  1. Advice to help the job: If there is any adhesive left on the surface after removing the decals, try the following citrus degreaser from Home Depot (http://www.homedepot.com/p/ZEP-128-oz-Citrus-Heavy-Duty-Degreaser-ZUCIT128/100676344). Costs about $12 and really helps clean the surface
  2. Advice to help the job: start on the outside of the decal and work your way in. This way the edges of the decal will come off first and help the job
  3. Paint colour: the paint under the decal maybe slightly brighter and the outside area look faded as the paint work has been protected from the sun. This is referred to a “ghost” appearance as you maybe able to see where the prior decal was, as the paintwork exposed to elements may have slightly faded

 

Car Decals Removal – Impact on Navy Security

May 2nd 2014 in Remove Decals and Stickers

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If you work or a family member works in the armed forces, then you will be affected by the changes the changes to security rules, aimed at making Army, Air Force and Naval Bases within the USA safer!

You maybe wondering what is the link between having a decal on your windscreen and national security.

Well Effective July 1, all bases that fall under Navy Installations Command no longer required auto’s or vehicle decals to be displayed.

The Army and Air Force have already executed this order with the Navy and Marine Corps the last defence force to implement the changes. (the Marine Corps are still working out what there approach will be)

Officials say that the decals have become a security threat and a liability,

Unfortunately in the post 9/11 era in the U.S., decals present problems for base security.

I was wondering how this was a security threat until I read the following in the navy times.

“The decals can easily be counterfeited and sometimes sailors sell their cars to civilians and the decals are not removed properly…”

 said Ray Salamy, deputy program director for anti-terrorism at Navy Installations Command.

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Ray Salamy went on to say that  “Decals posed a Trojan horse for us,” he said. An upside of cutting out the decals is an expected $0.75 million dollar saving per year ($750,000)

When investigating the real purpose of the car stickers and decals, officials said they were to ensure compliance with state requirements such as registration and insurance.

So with no car decals to identify naval personnal vehicles, how will the security checks be completed?

Random checks will be undertaken, similar to drunken-driving checkpoints.

Command-authorized inspections are not new, and there will be likely an increase in them as the decals on car are eliminated.

The Navy recommends sailors remove decals on July 1 2013 to reduce the chances their vehicles will be targeted by a criminal or terrorist attack.

Since 9.11 the military has implemented procedures that require 100% ID-card checks, and having a Decal on your car, was never intended to be a security clearance tool.

The navy car decals aren’t intended to be used to determine who may have gate entry, so removing the car decals will not increase or result in longer waits at the gate, Salamy said.

The military has required 100 percent ID-card checks since the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks, and the decal is not a substitute.

If you have seen Navy guards (sentries) letting through a lot of cars, based on the navy auto’s decal being displayed, that’s a violation of policy and can be reporting, as it compromises the naval security base.

FYI – the Sailor’s stationed at the gates will continue to salute commissioned officers under the new policy.

By July 2013, the Navy expects to implement some new operational efficiencies with several automatic gates installed at Northwest Navy installations.

The new gates are not intended to eliminate sentries and will free up Naval sentries still to focus on other matters other than ID cards, such as scrutinizing passengers or vehicle contents.

Regards,
Peter

Chief “Decal Removal” Officer

www.decalstickerremover.com

P.S – if you work in an Navy base, let us know your thoughts. Tell me if you are located in Florida, Texas, California or one of the other big bases 

 

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