How To Remove Vinyl Decals

The high-quality vinyl used by Signworks can be expected to look great for years. While we always recommend that you use a certified installer for removal of decals on vehicles, if done correctly anyone can remove vinyl from windows and paint without damage to the surface.  The older the decals are, the harder they are to remove, but it helps to have the right tools.

Heat Gun
Plastic Scraper

1. Gather Tools

  • Heat Gun or Hair Dryer
  • Plastic Scraping Blade
  • Adhesive Remover
  • Decal Removal Wheel (optional but helpful!)

2. Heat

Warm the surface of the decal with a heat gun or hair dryer until the vinyl becomes more flexible.

3. Peel

Take a plastic blade tool and scrape vinyl from the surface. (Note: if the vinyl is old and brittle, it will most likely come off in small pieces. If the vinyl is not that old you may be able to pull it off in bigger sections.)

4. Clean

Once you have peeled all of the vinyl off, you will have to clean the adhesive off the surface with a product designed to remove adhesive without damaging the paint. ALWAYS SPOT TEST AN INCONSPICUOUS AREA BEFORE APPLYING ADHESIVE REMOVER.

A Suggested product is “General Purpose Adhesive Cleaner” by 3M Products Inc. part # 08947. This adhesive cleaner can be purchased at most hardware or paint supply stores. Clean the surface with soap and water, then check to make sure there are no remaining pieces of vinyl or adhesive stuck to it.

Need to apply a decal?  Find out How To Install A Vinyl Decal.