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How to remove decals

How to remove decals

These instructions are for extreme cases. We use premium vinyl material that should make removing decals simple with a little heat applied. If you run into a situation that is more difficult, please follow the recommendations below.

What You’ll Need

  • Bucket of soapy water
  • Heat gun or hairdryer
  • Goo-Gone (or an alternative brand)
  • Soft, lint-free, cleaning cloths
  • Credit card/plastic card

Wash Area Thoroughly

Using soapy water and a cleaning cloth, wash the decal and the area around it thoroughly. Washing the area removes dirt and debris that could scratch your surfaces when scrubbing away leftover glue later in the process. Dry the area with a clean cloth.

Apply Heat

Apply heat with a heat gun or hairdryer. Run the heat back and forth over the decal for about a minute. This helps to loosen the bonds between the glue, the decal, and the surface.

Peel Decal Off

Gently peel and pull the vinyl decal away from the surface with your fingernail. The trick here is to peel slowly. Try to pull as much glue as possible off of the car along with the sticker. It helps to periodically add heat as you go, to keep the glue loose.

While peeling the decal off try to pull in a 180-degree opposite direction that your decal is in. Pulling the decal off at a 90-degree angle can make the decal break tear or break, making the process more difficult.

For larger or more stubborn decals, you can optionally use a credit card (any small plastic card will do) to gently pry the sticker off of the car. Stick the card under the edge of the decal and use it to carefully scrape the decal off. Again, be sure to work slowly to ensure you are pulling as much glue as possible off of the car and, more importantly, not scratching the surface you are removing the decal from.

Glue Removal

Apply a dab of Goo Gone to a clean microfiber cloth and gently rub it onto the glue residue. Let the Goo Gone stand and absorb for a minute or two.

Gently rub the Goo Gone into the glue residue. Repeat the Goo Gone application and removal process until all of the glue residue has come off.

Wipe off the Goo Gone with a soft cleaning cloth.


After you’ve removed all of the glue it’s a good idea to wash and dry the area to make sure you haven’t left any Goo Gone or debris behind. Wash and wax. Wash and wax the area.

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