Decal removal from automobile part 1 bumper stickers, bumper decals

We all enjoy decals and stickers, they can be put on kayaks, laptops, cars, trucks, snowmobiles, trackers, windows, mailboxes, skates, computers, boats, and many other places. However, as much as they are enjoyable to have, sometimes there times either want to change them out or just remove them period. Well, I’m going to break it down and make it easy to understand. Remember decals are made to stick and hold up to weather. Sometimes it can be a little difficult to remove, but with patience you will get it done.

Look for other removal tips in our blog post.

Automobile removal -Here’s what you’ll need…
  • Hair drier with hot air settings OR Heat gun
  • Sturdy plastic card — could be a library card, credit card, shopper card or ID
  • Two clean rags or detailing towels
1. Ensure that the sticker and the surrounding area are free of dirt. Doing this removal process works best after the car is washed, however just make sure the decal area is clean.
2. Plug in the hair dryer (or heat gun) turn the heat setting to hot and hold the hair dryer/heat gun just a few inches above the sticker. Do not place the hair dryer/heat gun directly on top of the sticker and the car’s paint.
3. Keep the hair dryer/heat gun over the center area for a few seconds, making sure the air coming out is hot and then slowly begin to move it around the rest of the sticker. You want to heat the edges of the sticker last so you can prep for the next step.
4. Continue to push the plastic card  underneath the sticker until it completely breaks away from the car’s surface. It is completely normal for the sticker to break apart during this removal process. (Especially) older decals, this will happen.
Removing the adhesive
1A.
Once your sticker is completely removed, you can repeat steps 1-4 to remove any sticky residue or remnants. Tree sap remover also works great. Just apply a few drops onto a clean rag or detailing cloth and scrub away. If there’s sticky residue on your car’s glass, use the razor blade to gently scrape it away.
1B.                                                            OR

Spray residue remover. Whether you peal the decal off or scrap it off, it is likely to leave behind adhesive residue. Adhesive residue removers are spray-on chemicals that are designed to break down adhesive reside and can be found at any home improvement store. You can also use a citrus-based glass cleaner.     Or try vinegar
  • After you have applied the chemicals to the residue, wait five minutes and then try to wipe away the adhesive with a paper towel.
  • Both options are non-toxic but you should still avoid direct contact with skin.

MAKE SURE TO LOOK for our other removal tips, for windows, boats, kayaks and more Part 2

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