How to Remove Vinyl Decals 2017-05-10T15:05:15+00:00

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. (Please note that removing the vinyl will not harm the surface if done properly, but will most likely destroy the graphics.)

Gather Tools:

Heat gun or hair dryer

Plastic blade or other soft scraping tool

Adhesive remover


Heat the surface of the decal with a heat gun or hair dryer.


Take a plastic removal squeegee 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 chunks.)


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.

That’s it! If you intend to apply new vinyl to the surface, be sure to clean it thoroughly, and then wipe the surface again with alcohol to insure that no adhesive remover residue is left behind.