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  • Removing vinyl from glass – advice

  • Hugh Potter

    Member
    January 10, 2020 at 12:32 pm

    Hi all,

    typically when removing vinyl from glass I would just soak with soapy spray and attack it with a razor scraper, however, I’m about to do a job on around 30 large windows of frost … barely 3ft away from an indoor swimming pool, The vinyl has been on for years and looks to have slid down the glass – it’s inlikely to just peel off nicely..

    I really don’t want bits flying off in all directions and wondered if the wallpaper steamer trick is safe to use on glass?

    thanks,
    Hugh

  • David Hammond

    Member
    January 10, 2020 at 12:34 pm

    Never tried it, but after watching the video below, you can soak it off.

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  • Hugh Potter

    Member
    January 10, 2020 at 12:59 pm

    Thanks David, I’d forgotten that video, will give it a go!

    H

  • Iain Pearson

    Member
    January 10, 2020 at 8:01 pm

    The soaking merhod doesn’t always work, it depends on the strength of adhesion . Also, the video is of a 3M product.
    Personally with a spray of lubricated solution and a Triumph scraper I’d have that window stripped cleaned and refitted in half the time it takes him to get the original off

  • Chris Windebank

    Member
    January 11, 2020 at 10:21 am

    Hi Hugh, I use a vinyl remover from Spandex to soften the film then use a triumph scraper

  • Phill Fenton

    Member
    January 11, 2020 at 10:56 am

    Definitely don’t use a wallpaper stripper on glass unless you want to pay for new windows

  • Martyn Heath

    Member
    January 11, 2020 at 1:14 pm

    i use a wallpaper stripper on large jobs. I had a shop last year to do, Over 30 windows 2m high by 3m long full coverage that were over 20 yrs old. I cut vertical strips about 300mm wide, heated and pulled it off at the same time being careful not to stay in one play for more than 5 secs. It worked great and removed most of the glue at the same time.

    I think you just need to be careful and use your brains.

  • Simon Worrall

    Member
    January 11, 2020 at 6:54 pm
    quote Martyn Heath:

    I cut vertical strips about 300mm wide, heated and pulled it off

    Use a stainless steel blade so you dont scratch the glass

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