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If you want to switch up your wrap on the Cybertruck often, you can! Vinyl and PPF wraps won’t damage what’s underneath. In the video above, Ji walks through the process of removing vinyl and colored PPF from the Cybertruck. You’ll see how easy and hard it is, depending on your removal methods and how the film was originally installed.

Pro Tip: Leave your car in the hot sun for a few hours before starting the removal process. 

Vinyl Removal 

Vinyl is about 3-4x thinner than Colored PPF. Vinyl is also more stretchy and pliable by nature of the PVC that its made of. That makes it heat much faster and remove much easier. You’ll spend the most amount of time on the edges since those are wrapped all the way in. Start by running a heat gun over the vinyl or hot water to loosen up the adhesive before pulling.

Colored PPF Removal 

Colored (or color) PPF is made of TPU so it’s dense and hard compared to vinyl. Sometimes the heat takes a while to get through the film to heat up the adhesive side underneath. If adhesive promoter was used, it’ll make it even harder to take off. I recommend having two people removing at the same time and possibly even wearing gloves so your fingers don’t tire as quickly.

In the video, you’ll see I started out with a heat gun, then upgraded to warm water, and lastly used nearly boiling hot water to soften the adhesive. So, be prepared to use some elbow grease for this one. It took us about 3x as long to remove the colored PPF compared to the vinyl. I also recommend using a steamer if you have one. This will distribute the hot water evenly as you’re pulling.

Keep in mind that regular gloss or matte PPF is thicker than vinyl, but thinner than Colored PPF. It’ll take about 2x as long to remove than the vinyl due to it being a bit more pliable.

Note: If you don’t feel comfortable removing either film yourself, you can go to a wrap shop. They will most likely charge by the hour, so PPF will end up costing a bit more than vinyl. 

Adhesive Left Behind

You’ll most likely have at least some adhesive left over on your panels. This will normally show up as sticky, texture patches. You can prevent this by removing the film when it’s the hottest. The more heat, the more the adhesive will come off with the film.

If you do have some adhesive, it’s not the end of the world. You can get it off simply with hot water and rubbing it off with your fingers. Sometimes tiny bumps will remain. When you’re washing your Cybertruck, use clay bar to get what’s remaining off.

Ultimately, you can remove vinyl and PPF from your Cybertruck relatively easy without any damage to the truck. Vinyl wraps last 3-5 years and PPF 10+ with proper care. Even so, by removing the films safely, you’ll be able to switch up your wrap color whenever you want.

Check out our wrap visualizer below to help you decide what color you want to elevate your ride with. When you’re satisfied and you’re feeling up for a fun weekend project, you can purchase our DIY wrap kit that comes with pre-cut vinyl for the entire truck. It also comes with all the tools you need to install your wrap successfully.

Wrap Visualizer

Is it safe to remove PPF and vinyl wraps from the Cybertruck?

Yes, it is generally safe to remove PPF and vinyl wraps from the Cybertruck if done correctly. The key is to take your time and use the proper techniques to avoid damaging the paint underneath.

What tools and materials do I need to remove PPF and vinyl wraps?

You will need:

  • A heat gun or hair dryer
  • Adhesive remover (such as Goo Gone or 3M Adhesive Remover) optional, but helpful
  • A spray bottle with warm or hot water

What if the adhesive remains on the surface?

After peeling off the film, some adhesive might remain on the surface. Spray the area with soapy warm water or adhesive remover and let it sit for a few minutes. Then, use a microfiber cloth to rub off the adhesive residue.

How long does the removal process take?

The time it takes to remove PPF or vinyl wrap depends on the size of the area and the condition of the film. For a full vehicle wrap, it can take several hours. Patience and careful work are crucial.

Should I attempt to remove the PPF or vinyl wrap myself, or hire a professional?

If you are comfortable with DIY projects and have the necessary tools, you can attempt it yourself. However, if you are uncomfortable with the task or don’t have the time, it is advisable to hire a professional. They will typically charge you by the hour.