Vehicle Wrap Removal:
Hickory Joe's Catering Truck

Welcome to our tour of Hickory Joe's vehicle wrap removal job. Not only do we have over 20 years of professional auto detailing here in Orange County, but we also have expertise in many other areas that branch off from the traditional car detailing services like removing advertising vehicle wraps that have become so popular these days!

car wrap removal

The Many Variables of Vehicle Wraps

While many people don't consider removing the advertising wrap from their company vehicles, often it is a project that is grossly simplified by business owners looking to save a buck. It is a rude awakening shortly after attempting the removal process when we as a detail company get a call for help!

  • It is far more than peeling up a corner and pulling off.
  • Vehicle hardware that was removed in the installation process that must now be removed for the removal process.
  • Underlying adhesive that is sticky and messy during removal.


Separate roof decal

removing advertising vehicle wrap

Full hood wrap

removing vehicle wrap

The pictures above illustrate some of the pitfalls of vehicle wraps when it comes to removing them from your company vehicles. What may appear as one thing, may actually be something else....

The roof decal is a separate decal only, while the hood art is full color graphics that are simply part of a full wrap and are printed on white vinyl background that still covers the entire vehicle apart from the roof sections only.


removing car vinyl graphics

If you look closely, you can see how the left side with the wrap still intact is rather dirty, while the right side is clean due to the fact that the hood is fully wrapped with white backing printed with full color graphics. Once we had stripped the right side off, the wrap is gone along with the dirt that was laying on top of the vehicle wrap.


There is a Reason They are Called Wraps

professional vehicle wrap removal

In case you are not completely familiar with the vehicle wrapping process, a shot of the removal process reveals how this catering truck is literally wrapped in full color vinyl graphics. Every part of the vehicle body is covered in this vinyl film and must be meticulously removed just as it is installed.


Getting the Details Done Right...

Disassembly of truck hardware

removing vehicle wrap service

Handle hardware to remove

mobile vehicle wrap removal service

The above shots illustrate the detail work that goes into applying vehicle wraps which also means the detail work that must go into the removing vehicle wraps.


Removing Underlying Adhesive

removing adhesive from vehicle wrap

It will be hard to tell from this picture what you are suppose to be looking at, but it is a close up of the door opening showing the underlying adhesive that runs along the entire perimeter of all the edges of this catering truck. Officially it is called primer in the business and is applied by many vehicle wrap companies during the wrap process to ensure a solid adhesion on all sensitive edges that are prone to lift and peel back during the life of the vehicle wrap.

While this is the good news for you as the customer and the vehicle wrap company can guarantee their wrap is going to "stick", it makes matters much worse during the removal process as this step must be treated as an entirely separate task that requires special adhesive removers that becomes a very time consuming, sticky, gooey, chore; this alone can add hours to the wrap removal job!


Vehicle Wrap Removal Summary

In summary I want to close with a few pointers to keep in mind if you are faced with not only the proposition of removing a vehicle wrap, but the person in charge of securing a company to remove the wrap for you and your business:

  • What will happen to the vehicle once the wrap has been removed; eg, put back in service, new wrap applied, selling vehicle, etc., etc. This will largely determine the level of quality required of the removal process.
  • Most vehicle wrap companies are not in the business of removing wraps, but rather designing and installing wraps. The removal of wraps becomes a sore subject for many business owners as the cost seems disproportionately expensive and many problems can be revealed during the removal process.

Darren's Tip:

For an honest and candid quote, simply call and I can walk you through any additional items to be considered that are a case by case situation.

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