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Old October 12th, 2011 Oct 12, 2011 4:28:24 PM -   #1 (permalink)
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Default Heat pressed Vinyl Letter Removal

Okay T-Shirt forum gurus, I have scoured the forums for over an hour and need your help.

I have a name on a shirt that needs to be removed. Then replaced with a different name. I have read about heat guns, acetone, a product called T-Saver and methyl acetate. I have tried acetone and it softens the vinyl but leaves the glue. I have then tried the paper trick but still leaves glue.

The T-Saver seems to have gotten the best reviews however the inventor has gone to the big printing kingdom in the sky. So what is working to completely remove, with ease, vinyl heat press material?
 
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Default Re: Heat pressed Vinyl Letter Removal

I am not sure where you located and what kinda of vinyl you are using so I am gonna help the best I can..

Lettering Remover Solvent | Stahls

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Okay T-Shirt forum gurus, I have scoured the forums for over an hour and need your help.

I have a name on a shirt that needs to be removed. Then replaced with a different name. I have read about heat guns, acetone, a product called T-Saver and methyl acetate. I have tried acetone and it softens the vinyl but leaves the glue. I have then tried the paper trick but still leaves glue.

The T-Saver seems to have gotten the best reviews however the inventor has gone to the big printing kingdom in the sky. So what is working to completely remove, with ease, vinyl heat press material?
I've got some posts somewhere... But I use goof off... I've taken names off of hoodies, t'shirts jerseys light and dark colored with no problems
The small amount of glue that is left behind disapears when the shirt is repressed... we even did one that we didn't put anything back on and we just pressed it to dry the goof off and you would never know anything was ever there

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Default Re: Heat pressed Vinyl Letter Removal

I've never heard of removing Vinyl from garments after being pressed. Best results, buy another garment and press again.

Use the previous garment for practice.

If the other posters method works, that's a first for me. At least will both learn something today. lol.
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Old October 12th, 2011 Oct 12, 2011 5:08:39 PM -   #5 (permalink)
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I've never heard of removing Vinyl from garments after being pressed. Best results, buy another garment and press again.

Use the previous garment for practice.
Thats what I was told the first time I goofed up a shirt.... so my thinking was it's trash anyway so I might as well see if I can get it off... and goof off did it:-) BTW I fixed that shirt and have washed in a number of times and the fixed spot looks as good as the rest of the vinyl
My silkscreen buddy came down the other day with a shirt that had been screened and dried and had a spot he needed to get off. I told him to try goof off and he said "that won't take it off" well it was 1am so I ask him what do you have to loose you can't get a shirt right now anyway... Sooo he put goof off on it and sure enough it came off it was a dark blue hoodie
we pressed the spot to dry it and you could never tell

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Here are some other posts:

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Old October 12th, 2011 Oct 12, 2011 5:27:14 PM -   #7 (permalink)
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Default Re: Heat pressed Vinyl Letter Removal

Great job Mpar. I'll have to remember that. What type of Vinyl was or is it?

We use the Screen Printing Spot Remover Gun. The chemical is the same as dry cleaning solution. Have to be very careful with that.

Oh, we use Goof Off I think. There's two brands, so not sure which one we use.

I mainly use it to clean the Platen when I'm done screen printing. Sweat shirts leave a bunch of fuzzies.
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Old October 12th, 2011 Oct 12, 2011 5:46:00 PM -   #8 (permalink)
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Great job Mpar. I'll have to remember that. What type of Vinyl was or is it?

We use the Screen Printing Spot Remover Gun. The chemical is the same as dry cleaning solution. Have to be very careful with that.

Oh, we use Goof Off I think. There's two brands, so not sure which one we use.

I mainly use it to clean the Platen when I'm done screen printing. Sweat shirts leave a bunch of fuzzies.
The only one I've tried it on is easy weed... Thats all I use
 
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Default Re: Heat pressed Vinyl Letter Removal

Thanks for the responses. I am going to try the Methylene Chloride Solvent from Stahls and the Super Spray from J&A and report back here. I am using vinyl from Imprintables Warehouse which is a subsidiary company of Stahls.
 
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Default Re: Heat pressed Vinyl Letter Removal

Stahl's has a video on their website that shows removing vinyl lettering. They sell the solution - in the video it looked like methyl chloride.

I was impressed because I always assumed that vinyl wasn' t removable. Live and learn.

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Default Re: Heat pressed Vinyl Letter Removal

Wow. Thanks for starting this thread. This is a must know if you do vinyl.

I forgot to weed out the center of the letter "A" for a customer and ended up scraping it. Now I have a choice.
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Old October 13th, 2011 Oct 13, 2011 8:03:43 AM -   #12 (permalink)
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Wow. Thanks for starting this thread. This is a must know if you do vinyl.

I forgot to weed out the center of the letter "A" for a customer and ended up scraping it. Now I have a choice.
For that I'd just use a Q tip and dab it on the piece then pick it off and repress

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Default Re: Heat pressed Vinyl Letter Removal

Which Goof Off do you use?
I see it comes in Heavy Duty or Professional
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Default Re: Heat pressed Vinyl Letter Removal

For small leftover vinyl, like inside an a, I've been able to pick it off while hot. If you notice later you can repress, use tweezers or an xacto and while the glue is hot it will peel right off.
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Default Re: Heat pressed Vinyl Letter Removal

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Which Goof Off do you use?
I see it comes in Heavy Duty or Professional
You know off hand I don't know... and I don't have any here to look at.... I just buy it at Home Depot
Just about any hardware store should have it... what I use is in a yellow with red print on it

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