How to Remove Old Vehicle Decals

Vehicle Decals

How to Remove Old Vehicle Decals

No matter what material your vehicle decals use, they won’t last forever. Eventually, whether you still like the sticker or not, it starts to fade and wear down. If you were lucky enough to apply a good quality sticker, it will be easy for you to remove it without damaging your car’s paint. Although there are versatile types of adhesive removal products, not all of them will leave your paint job unscratched. So, let’s check how to remove old vehicle decals correctly!

1. Clean the decal and the surrounding area

Get a cloth or a sponge and some soapy water, and wash the decal and the surrounding area. Soapy water can be replaced by water mixed with a couple of squirts of liquid dish detergent.


2. Heat the decal

Heat the vehicle decals with a hair blow dryer, this will weaker the adhesive of stickers. Don’t use a heat gun, which is too powerful and may damage your paint job. Distribute the heat evenly throughout the old vinyl decal and give it a good two minutes of heating before you stop.


3. Peel off the decal

Check if any corner of the decal is already lifting up, if so, start peeling off the decal from that corner. Then use a plastic card like an old debit or credit card to release the decal. Whatever you use, it should be plastic, as knives and razor blades can easily scratch the paint. If your vehicle decals are produced with premium vinyl material, this process will be easier. ACME can offer vinyl vehicle decals with removable adhesive, which barely leave a residue if removed within warranty.


4. Use A Glue Removal Product

Put a dab of glue removal product on a microfiber cloth and rub it onto the residue. Let it sit for about one minute before wiping it off with soapy water. Repeat this process until the residue is gone.


5. Clean And Dry The Area

Wash the area with soapy water to remove any residue from the adhesive remover product and to ensure the area is ready to be waxed. Before waxing, make sure the area is completely dry.


6. Wax It

Finally, buff the area with a polishing compound and a fresh coat of was. This will help remove any remaining discoloration and also protect the newly exposed area.

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