While adding decals to your vehicle or business window is a great way of messaging to your customer base, there may come a time when you need to remove those decals. In some cases, the decal is simply promoting something that’s no longer relevant or maybe you’ve rebranded with a new logo and want to make sure that’s the image hitting your customer when they walk through the door. Either way the first step is to remove the existing decals without leaving any marks or scratches, and prep the surface for your new one.
This may seem odd but to begin the removal process start by cleaning the decal and the area around it. This can be done by simply using a sponge, warm water, and some liquid dish detergent. Soak the sponge in the soapy water and scrub the area well to remove any built up dirt or grim. Use clean water to rinse off the bubbles and then a cloth to dry the area. Make sure the decal is completely dry before moving to the next step.
Look over the decal and identify if there are any weak spots. In many cases the corner or edge is likely to be the best spot to start. If you don’t see anything obvious pick a little at the edges until you find an area that seems more ready to peel off. Next get a hair dryer and use some heat to loosen the adhesive. Begin by pointing the hair dryer at the center of the decal and then moving out in slow circles. The hair dryer should be just a few inches off the surface of the decal. You’ll need to move slowly, holding the heat over each surface of the decal for several seconds. The decal should feel warm to the touch upon completion of this step.
To further loosen the corners or edges apply rubbing alcohol or WD-40. At this point it’s time to start scrapping the decal off. This can be done using anything with a soft edge. Avoid using a metal blade as this is likely to scratch the surface of the material underneath the decal. Your fingernail, an old credit card, or a plastic spatula are all good options. Began your scraping at the previously identified weak spots.
Once the sticker has been completely removed use a glue removal product to clean the surface area. This can be done by applying it to a cloth and rubbing it over the area formerly covered by the decal until the area is completely clean. Clean the area again with your sponge and warm, soapy water. If the decal was located on a vehicle, apply a fresh coat of wax as a final step. Now you’re ready to start promoting the next phase of your business.