Decal Removal


General

It is possible to remove vinyl lettering or graphics, in most cases, with no damage to the surface to which they are applied, although different substrate material can react in different ways. Even in the case of a vehicle, vinyl lettering/graphics can be removed without damaging the surface. (Note: With decals that have been in place for a length of time, usually only in cases where there has been extreme exposure to the sun, there is the possibility, but not in all cases, that the paint around the decal can discolor or fade. This will result in an effect a lot like a tan line. The area under the decals will be nice & shiny next to a faded surface.) But, in the case of an old wooden sign, with peeling paint, when you remove the letters the paint will most likely come with them.


Removing Vinyl Decals

Tools needed: Hair dryer/heat gun, razor blade scraper (for glass surface only), Glass cleaner, Goof Off, or Denatured Alcohol.

If the surface is not warm or you donít warm up the surface, decal will rip and it will take twice as long to remove.

On glass surfaces, warm (not hot) the surface and the decal with a hair dryer/heat gun as this will make the decal very elastic and stretch. When the surface and vinyl get warm, use a razor blade scraper and slowly scrape the decal off the glass surface. 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 (see Clean-up below).

On painted surface, warm (not hot) the surface and the decal with a hair dryer/heat gun as this will make the decal very elastic and stretch. When the surface and vinyl get warm use your finger nail to lift a corner of the decal and keep pulling straight up (90 degrees). Note: if the vinyl is old & 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 (see Clean-up below).

Clean-up, once the decal is removed glue residue is bound to be present. Use GOOF OFF (test on non visible surface first to make sure it does not damage the surface), or DENATURED ALCOHOL to remove glue residue from surface. Clean the surface with soap and water and check the surface to see that there are no remaining pieces of vinyl or adhesive. On painted surfaces make sure to apply a coat of wax to protect the painted surface if you are not applying another decal in the same area.


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