In addition to the photos and step-by-step instructions above, check out the video for more on how to remove stickers below.
Pull slowly by the corner of the sticker in the opposite direction and continue to apply heat as needed.
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Let the area cool once the sticker is off. Then clean off the remaining adhesive with an automotive adhesive cleaner such as PPG Ditzo DX 440. You may need to re-apply wax to the area. WD-40 also works, spray it on and let it sit a few minutes then wipe and rub.
Removing glue takes patience, and may require multiple applications of cleaner.
Warning: Do not use a box cutter or razor blade on your car’s paint; it will cause damage. On glass you will be able to apply a bit heavier pressure, if needed, to remove the sticker.
But political campaigns and straight A’s end at some point, and those city stickers and decals need to be replaced every year. How do you safely remove them?
Unlike your average sticker, bumper stickers and car decals are made to last. They stand up to high winds, rain, snow, road chemicals, sun damage, and other harsh conditions to stay stuck to your favorite ride. Whether you have unwanted dealership advertising decals or the leftover political stickers of a previous owner, you can remove them from your car using a few simple household items and a little bit of patience.
4. After you’ve let the sticker heat up, use the plastic card at an angle to gently scrape up the glue under the sticker. You can also try using your fingertips to peel it up. If the surface area is hot enough, you will be able to slide the plastic card under the sticker’s edge and begin to peel it and the adhesive away.
While removing stickers isn’t as easy as putting them on, we have some advice that should make the job a little less sticky, for you and your car’s paint.
7. When that part of the car is completely clear of any sticker and its residue, polish it off with some glass cleaner or quick detailing spray.
Do not apply continuous heat with a heat gun to the sticker or you may melt both the sticker and the bumper skin (if not a metal or steel bumper). If the hair dryer is not working, you can rent a heat gun from a rent-all.
Be very careful not to put your hand or fingers in the path of the heat gun as it can burn you. Also, do not touch the barrel of the heat gun as these are not protected. Be very careful using razor blades on the paint.
Only use a blade to grab the corner. You don’t need a lot of Ditzo, just a small amount on a rag. Too much will begin to remove the paint.
Continue spraying and peeling till the bumper sticker is completely removed.
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Hold the hair dryer about 6″ from the sticker and blow heat directly on the sticker for a minute or two. Don’t hold it in one place — keep it moving back and forth, up and down, to evenly heat up the sticker.
Holding a heat gun or hair dryer in one place can cause damage by bubbling the paint. If the corner of the sticker does not start to lift, continue to heat the sticker. Hold heat gun 8″ – 12″ from sticker.
They get much hotter and work much faster than a hair dryer.
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2. Plug in the hair dryer, turn the heat setting to hot and hold the hair dryer just a few inches above the sticker. Do not place the hair dryer directly on top of the sticker and the car’s paint.
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Remember, to fold the edge of the sticker all the way over and pull slowly in the opposite direction by the corner, not up. The hair dryer/heat gun is only used to make the adhesive pliable after being hardened on your bumper for so long.
Spray lubricant such as WD-40 or Triflow into the now exposed part of the bumper sticker. This should release the seal of the bumper sticker and allow you to continue peeling.
What You Need Hair dryer with hot air settings Razor blade or a box cutter (if removing from glass) Sturdy plastic card — could be a library card, credit card, frequent shopper card or ID Two clean rags or detailing towels Glass cleaning solution (if removing from glass) Tree sap remover solution Quick detailing spray
5. Continue to push the plastic card — or razor blade — underneath the sticker until it completely breaks away from the car’s surface. It is completely normal for the sticker to break apart during this removal process.
Peel back a corner using your fingernail (or razor blade to grab the edge only). Do not pull directly up. Pull back, folding the corner over against the face of sticker.
1. Ensure that the sticker and the surrounding area are free of dirt. Doing this removal process works best after a car wash.
3. Keep the hair dryer over the center area for a few seconds, making sure the air coming out is hot and then slowly begin to move it around the rest of the sticker. You want to heat the edges of the sticker last so you can prep for the next step.
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Repeating step 2 and step 3 a few more times may make a cumbersome presidential campaign sticker that’s been on your bumper since the last time your party won easier to remove. You can also try moving the plastic card or razor blade back and forth while you slide it under the sticker’s surface to peel it up. If you’re removing a sticker from your car’s glass, use the box cutter or razor blade at a slight angle.
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Peel back an edge of the bumper sticker using your fingers or a razor.
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× How to Remove Bumper Stickers and Decals Frame 1: Wash and dry the decal area thoroughly to remove excess dirt and debris. Frame 2: Use a heat gun or blow dryer to warm the decal. Frame 3: Lift up the edge of the decal using a credit card or thin plastic spatula.
Frame 4: Peel the decal off the car slowly, using one smooth motion to avoid tearing it. Frame 5: Apply an adhesive remover or glass cleaner to clean and remove any leftover residue. Frame 6: Clean and polish the area, applying your favorite car wax to help protect the paint.
6. Once the sticker is removed, you can repeat steps 1-4 to remove any sticky residue or remnants. Tree sap remover also works great. Just apply a few drops onto a clean rag or detailing cloth and scrub away. If there’s sticky residue on your car’s glass, use the razor blade to gently scrape it away.
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CARS.COM — Bumper stickers on cars can symbolize just about anything under the sun. They can show support for a certain political candidate, identify you as a proud parent of an honor student or the fact that you just love that one special dog breed. Others are required by local laws, like city stickers. Some even come attached to your new car straight from the dealer.
So you’re trying to sell your car and suddenly having that bumper sticker that says “Lost your cat? Look under my wheels” doesn’t seem like such a good selling point. It’s easy to remove bumper stickers without damaging the painted bumper underneath; all you need is a hairdryer or some spray lubricant.