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Vinyl Car Decal Removal

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If you’re dealing with a really big job or a fleet of vehicles, you may want something more efficient, something more powerful. There are two such options for vinyl removal that are essentially power tools or attachments for blasting the PVC off of your substrate- without taking the paint off with it. These are the Power Stripe Eliminator and MBX Vinyl Zapper.

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The younger or more pliable it is, the better your chances of getting it off in large sections; or at least, entire letters. The older it is, the more likely it will be brittle and come off in little pieces. Long term UV exposure eventually bakes all the plasticizers out of the face film.  Here’s a quick tip. If the vinyl is old and brittle, you may be able to get it to come off more smoothly by using a heat gun to warm the face film. This will also help soften the adhesive underneath and reduce the amount of work required to clean the substrate. If you live in a warm enough climate, and you’re removing vinyl from a vehicle, you can opt for the original ‘heat gun’ and just park it in the sun for a while before you attack it with the Chizlers.

Remembering that what goes on must eventually come off should motivate you to choose better quality materials as often as possible. Today’s installation may be next year’s removal. Whether it’s your work or someone else’s, removing old vinyl will eventually become a necessity in your shop; especially if you sell commercial storefront or fleet graphics.

Orange Peel citrus based cleaner:Orange peel is so named because it’s a citrus based remover that has a strong orange odor. It is non-toxic, biodegradable and environmentally safe. However, it should be handled with minimal contact to skin in a well ventilated area.

Dab some on the adhesive and rub it in with a paper towel. Use a little “elbow grease” working on one area until it’s clear, before moving to the next area. It may come off in stages, but persistence and the powerful citrus agent will eventually produce a clean substrate ready for a new application of custom graphics.

Rapid Remover: Rapid remover is a companion product to RapidTac application fluid and is a popular choice for professional sign makers. Its main selling point is the “rapid” part. According to the Rapid folks it ‘breaks down and removes adhesives in as little as sixty seconds”.

After having chiseled or pulled away the vinyl, spray with Rapid Remover. Allow a few minutes for it to penetrate the adhesive, then scrape it away with a squeegee or the aforementioned Li’l Chizler.

Get the rest of the residue with a few more spritzes of Rapid Remover and a paper towel. Since Rapid Remover is water soluble, it’s easy to rinse the surface clean to get ready for the next graphic.

 Vinyl Off: One Step removal

The simplest method for removing vinyl graphics is to pull them off. Of course that’s easier said than done so there are tools designed to help you get under the corner of the graphic. The most common and affordable of these are plastic razor blades and “Li’l Chizlers”. Both are thin, plastic hand tools designed to slide under the edge of the vinyl and scrape it away from the surface without damaging the substrate. If you can pry the edges up with a Lil Chizler or plastic razor blade, you may be able to simply peel the rest by hand. This will depend on the age and type of vinyl.

Use a stripe eliminator. If you are dealing with a particularly large decal or have difficulty removing spraying off the residue, you may want to invest in a stripe eliminator. This is a smooth rubber wheel that attaches to any power drill and can be used to remove adhesive.

A stripe eliminator attachment can be found at any home improvement store for roughly $20.[6]

You can use soap or rubbing alcohol and water to clean the area. Glass cleaning products should not be used because many will leave a residue behind and will prevent the decal from adhering. Decide on the location for the car decal

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It’s a urethane rubber wheel designed to be attached to an air or electric power drill. Just open the chuck, drop in the stripe eliminator, and fire it up. It has a smooth edge and, in most cases, removes both the face film and adhesive without burning or discoloring the substrate. The entire tool costs less than $25.00. Replacement wheels are only $19.50.

Likely not. You’ll either rip the decal off in pieces or it will no longer have any adhesive left on the back to be used again.

Simon Leggett is a mechanical engineer. He has been analyzing the auto industry for over 10 years. He helps in the integration and development of forecast-orientated automotive data to the electronic product portfolio.

You have to heat it up with a hair dryer and then spray de-icer on to the middle and then it should peal off with a paint scrapper. While pealing off, you need to hold the hair dryer under it to melts the glue.

by Jerry | Car Wraps, Sign College, Vinyl Cutting, Wide Printing

Let’s start with the five application tips to help make the job of applying car decals easier. Clean the surface before installing car decals

Many carwashes sell novelty items and c-store related goods. One product that many carwashes sell in their line of merchandise that customers love are car decals.

The base tool is a hand held powered motor wheel that runs on household current and spins at 3,200 rpm. The vinyl version comes with a 25mm toothed wheel made from a rubber compound that grinds the vinyl away from clean metal, glass,  or fiberglass without damaging the substrate or finish.

If you’re not that lucky, how do you get rid of the residue after the face film has been removed? There are several products that excel at this. Two of the most widely used are  Orange Peel,  and Rapid Remover. Both work by attacking the chemical bonds of the adhesive and allowing you to wipe it off the substrate.

Power Stripe Eliminator. The Stripe Eliminator is a simple device.

Use a razor blade. A razor blade is the best tool for removing the adhesive but is also the most likely to risk damaging the glass. Therefore, it should be a last resort is plastic scrappers don’t work.

Be particularly careful to hold the blade parallel to the glass and chip at the residue with small strokes.[4] If the blade becomes dull or doesn’t seem as effective, switch to a new blade instead of turning it over.

You may have noticed that we didn’t mention Vinyl Off above as an adhesive remover. That’s because Vinyl Off is engineered to remove the vinyl and adhesive in one step. With Vinyl Off, you apply the fluid directly to the face film. It penetrates the vinyl and softens the adhesive, allowing you to pull the entire graphic off in one piece– with no residue. Since it’s permeating the vinyl and adhesive, it takes a bit longer than Rapid Remover. Allow five to fifteen minutes for the formula to penetrate the face film and adhesive. Then you’re ready to remove that crusty old graphic.  If there’s sticky residue left behind, you’re using too much Vinyl OFF. A little goes a long way.

Vinyl decals are designed to stick to glass and maintain their hold for a long time. Unfortunately, this means that their removal can be difficult and time consuming. Removing the decal too aggressively can result in damage to your window. With the proper products and methods, you can remove the decal as well as any adhesive residue without damaging your car window.

Sooner or later, you’re going to be asked to remove old vinyl before you can install your nifty new graphic. So this article will cover tools and techniques for removing old vinyl graphics.

What about reflective signage? Since some reflective films are made from acrylic resins instead of PVC, the same formula that penetrates ORACAL 651 will not necessarily work on ENDURALITE 8100.  Reflective Vinyl Off works the same way as the original formula, but much more quickly. That reflective sheeting will be ready to remove in only 60 seconds.   Whether you’re using Vinyl Off on standard or reflective vinyl, remember what Peter Parker’s Uncle Ben said. “With great power comes great responsibility.” Do not pour Vinyl OFF directly on the substrate. It may damage the paint. Saturate a paper towel, apply it directly – but sparingly– to the vinyl, and let it work its magic.

Each wheel is rated for about 90 minutes of use. The wheel will remove 35 – 50 square feet of vinyl per hour, so each wheel is good for removing about 50 – 75 square feet of vinyl (Results will differ with the type of material being removed, the age of the material, the exterior temperature, and the operator).  Replacement wheels are only $24.50.

The process of installation and removal of car decals or stickers may be complicated but there are some steps you can follow to make the process easier.

I did proper removal of letters on car subdue but the darkened imprint is burned into window what can remove that?

5 smart ways to apply and remove car decals Ensure customer satisfaction with the proper application and removal of car decals.

To remove vinyl decals from a car window, heat up the decal with a hairdryer or heat gun until the edges fray, which will make it easier to remove. Then, use a credit card or library card to carefully scrape off the decal. To do this, hold the blade parallel to your window so you don’t scratch the glass and slowly slide the blade under one corner. Once you have a corner done, use the card to chip away at any remaining residue. If there is still residue after the decal has been removed, use glass cleaner to remove it.

Most of the attention we give vinyl graphics involves how to put them on: what vinyl cutter to use, what vinyl, what transfer tape, etc. But there’s a sign industry twist to the old adage that what goes up, must come down. In vinyl sign making, car wraps, and other digital graphics, what goes on must eventually come off.

Speaking of dollars and sense; the most commonly asked question regarding vinyl removal is what to charge. Many sign industry newcomers underestimate the time and labor involved. Some even “throw it in” with the cost of installing graphics. That’s not a good idea.

Place one side of the decal down and smooth it out to the other side until the decal is fully placed. It is important to remember not to remove the backing fully. Remove one-third of the backing and start to apply one-third of the decal to the area. Then slowly pull more of the backing until you have fully installed the decal. Trim around any obstructions and remove bubbles

Educate customers on applying car decals. They should first clean the area where they want to apply the decal. If you apply the decal or sticker on a dirty surface, it will pick that dirt and grime up. So make sure the area is clean where you want to put your sticker or decal.

Spray residue remover. Whether you peel the decal off or scrape it off, it is likely to leave behind adhesive residue. Adhesive residue removers are spray-on chemicals that are designed to break down adhesive reside and can be found at any home improvement store.

You can also use a citrus-based glass cleaner.[5] After you have applied the chemicals to the residue, wait five minutes and then try to wipe away the adhesive with a paper towel. Both options are non-toxic but you should still avoid direct contact with skin.

Use a plastic card. Use a credit card or library card if you don’t have a plastic blade available. Chip away at the adhesive by holding it parallel and slowly sliding it under the decal.

The common approaches to removing vinyl range from basic to high tech with costs ranging from pennies to hundreds of dollars. Determining which approach is right for you depends on a few variables. Let’s consider the options.

Use a plastic blade. Most home improvement stores sell plastic blades that are specifically designed for removing decals and other flat objects that are sealed with adhesives. The plastic blades will minimize the risk of damage to the window.

[3] Slowly slide the blade under the edges and chip away at the adhesive to separate the decal from the window. Try to hold the blade parallel to window to minimize the risk of damaging the glass. Look for the “Li’l Chizler” which is specifically designed for removing adhesives from glass.

You may be able to peel the decal off once you have the edge lifted. Older decals will be more likely to split into little bits and generally are more difficult to remove.

If the imprint isn’t disappearing at all after you use chemicals and wash it, it’s likely sun-stained, meaning the window itself has darkened over time. If the windows are sun-stained, you have to take it to a glass specialist.

Whether your vinyl comes off in complete letters or little pieces, you will almost certainly have adhesive residue. If you’re removing a vehicle wrap installed with premium cast vinyl that’s been in service for two years or less, residue may not be a problem. Avery EZ RS is designed for clean removability up to two years after installation. ORAJET 3951RA is engineered for removal with little or no adhesive residue for up to four years. So one could say the first step toward easy removal is choosing the right vinyl during installation.

The MBX approach costs a little more than the alternative, but, according to Jason Lovejoy ofArchbold,OH, “…it just works great and does the job well. It’s definitely worth the investment.”

After applying the decal on the car you can trim around any obstruction and fenders with a razor blade. Make sure you keep tension on the film and remove bubbles by puncturing them and squeegee the air or water out through the hole. Five-step process to remove car decals

When you have an idea about the area, stick it to the car with electrical tape so you can step back and see how it looks. You can move the position of it if you do not like. Once you have an exact place, you can install the decal.

Before installation of car decals, customers should be certain about the location. Various options include the bumper, windows and other interior and exterior surfaces to give a stunning look to your customers’ car. Tires are another place to put decals which make the car look more attractive. To add a more personal touch and to give a modern look to your customers’ cars, install new tires and top them off with personalized decals.

The price you charge may depend on your preferred method and the kind of vinyl that needs to come off. In the end, your choice of method may come down to personal preference, but be aware of the options. Some jobs may only need a Li’l Chizler and a half hour. Others may need a vinyl Zapper and a half a day. Be prepared and charge accordingly.

Peel the paper backing off the sticker. During this process, make sure not to touch the back of the decal because it could leave the dirt on your decal’s backside. Position the graphic precisely

How to clean off a window tint that has been left behind after peeling off?

Wipe down with a rag. Remove any chemicals or remaining reside with a lint-free cloth. Dab the area gently to remove all liquids without leaving streaks.

Heat it with a hairdryer. Heat will loosen the adhesive behind the decal and make it easier to remove. Use a hairdryer on the high heat setting. Hold it over decal until you start to see the edges fray.

[1] You can also use a heat gun. These are used to dry glue and can be found at any home improvement store. They can burn hotter than a hairdryer and thus are better for large or particularly stubborn decals.


Applying car decals or stickers can help your customers transform the appearance of their vehicles. Many locations can be applied to show support for their favorite sports team, represent interest in a specific field and help to advertise a business. Car decals or stickers can add a personal touch to your customers’ vehicles.

Vinyl Off is a liquid vinyl remover, spray on, wait 5 to 15 minutes, then peel off.

The Stripe Eliminator Wheel is attached to a drill you already own.

MBX Vinyl Zapper. The MBX Vinyl Zapper is a unique device made specifically for vinyl removal and surface refinishing.

The wheel’s rubber teeth are designed to grip the edges of the vinyl and pull them away from the substrate. The vinyl eraser will remove DOT reflective tape and adhesives as well as vinyl lettering, decals, graphics and pinstripes. Unlike other solid vinyl removal products, it does not “sand” the surface, creating heat and potentially damaging the paint or substrate.

Two Parts:Scraping the Decal OffRemoving Adhesive ResidueCommunity Q&A

As noted above, there are lots of variables determining how long it takes to get the old graphics off. The best course of action is to charge by the hour using your shop’s hourly rate. That way, you’re covered no matter what it takes to get back to a clean substrate. If the job is demanding enough to require the purchase of new equipment like a Vinyl Zapper, you probably won’t be able to pass that cost along to the customer, but it will pay for itself over time.

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Car care professionals will often encounter old decals and areas where decals used to be. Below are the steps for safe and effective removal of old decals. Clean the decal or sticker and the area surrounding it. To clean the decals or stickers, you can use soapy water and a cleaning cloth. Clean the area around the decal or sticker properly where you want to remove so that no grit or grime interferes with decal’s adhesive-busting ability. Warm it up. To remove the decal or sticker, heat it with a hair dryer. It will help to release the adhesive in the back of the decal and allow pulling it up with ease. You can also use a heat gun in this instance but it may damage the car’s paint. A hair dryer is the best way to heat it up because it is less powerful than a heat gun. Scrape up under the sticker. When the decal or sticker is heated up, you can scrape up under the sticker with a plastic card at an angle and begin to peel it away. You can also use your fingertips and razor blade back to peel it away. But one important thing you should remember is do not use a razor blade or box cutter on car’s paint because it may damage it. Use glue removal products carefully. You can use a dab of goo removal applied to a clean microfiber cloth and rub it on the glue residue. Let it stand for one minute to absorb and then remove the residue off with soapy water. It is necessary to repeat this process until the entire glue residue has come off. Finally wash again to remove any remaining dirt. The final step is to wash again, dry and wax the whole area to ensure proper removal as well as surface protection.

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