When you first install 3M carbon fiber, you may not think about ever removing it but sometimes you may want to try a new pattern or the vinyl may become damaged making it necessary to repair. 3M Di-noc vinyl is guaranteed for ten years when it's used on areas inside but for vehicles and other items used outside, the guarantee is for five years.
3M carbon fiber has a grooved adhesive design that, when applied properly, helps to remove air bubbles for a professional look but it also reduces the risk of the vinyl lifting and peeling after installation. This design allows the vinyl to cling tightly to the surface area but you can still remove it without a lot of hassles when the need arises.
Removing the carbon fiber is just as important as installing it because you do not want to cause any damage to the surface area. When the time comes to remove the vinyl, there are certain techniques that can make the process go smoothly without damaging the surface underneath.
How to Remove the 3M Carbon Fiber Vinyl
When removing carbon fiber vinyl you must work carefully to prevent damaging the vehicle or object underneath the vinyl. When working with large areas, it's easier to cut the vinyl before trying to remove it. This will make the material easier to work with and peel off. Use a sharp razor knife to cut into the vinyl but do not put a lot of pressure on the knife. You only need to crease the vinyl making a shallow cut. If you press too hard, it will go through the vinyl and damage the object underneath.
Using heat to warm the surface of the area will also make it easier to peel off the vinyl. You can do this by using a heat gun or a hair dryer but you do not want to overheat the area. The idea is to warm up the 3M Di-noc carbon fiber so it will be more flexible and to loosen up the adhesive so it will peel without ripping and tearing. If you overheat it, this will make it harder to work with because it will be too soft and will not peel off as easily.
Clean the Area
Once you have removed all of the 3M carbon fiber vinyl, you'll need to clean any adhesive residue off the surface. 3M General Purpose Adhesive Cleaner is a product designed specifically for cleaning this type of adhesive and it will not damage the paint when cleaning. After you have removed all of the adhesive, wash the area with a mild soap and water or wipe down the area with a damp cloth if washing is not an option.
If you plan to reapply the vinyl, give the area time to dry completely before reapplying. 3M carbon fiber provides you with many ways to make your vehicle and other items stand out and show off your unique personality. Since you can easily remove and reapply the vinyl whenever you want to, it's a practical and economic way to express your individuality.