How To Remove Vinyl Lettering - Sticker Removal Instructions
Vinyl lettering can be removed with a little time, and the proper tools. Review this step by step guide on how to remove your vinyl decals without damaging the surface they are adhered to.
- Heat gun or Hair Dryer
- Razor Blade
- Plastic Scraper
- Adhesive Remover
- Clean Cloth
Step 1 Loosen the Adhesive Using Heat
Use your heat gun on the lowest setting, or hairdryer on a medium setting, in a back and forth motion apply the heat to the vinyl that you wish to remove. This will loosen the adhesive underneath the vinyl film, making it easier to peel up.
Step 2 Peel the Vinyl Away
Using the plastic scraper, or your fingernail begin to peel the vinyl off from a corner or edge. If it does not want to up, apply more heat. It is best to go slowly while removing it, peeling it back with care so not to tear it.
Step 3 Remove All Adhesive
If any adhesive is left over, use attempt to remove it with a razor blade or plastic scraper to carefully scrape it off, but use caution so that you do not scratch the surface below it. For the easiest solution, and especially if the adhesive is stubborn, you can use the adhesive remover. Apply the remover following the manufacturer’s suggestion. Always make sure the remover that you use is safe for painted or glass surfaces.
Step 4 Thoroughly Clean the Surface
Once all the vinyl and adhesive residue are removed, clean the surface with a mixture of mild soap and water. This ensures that any remaining residue or cleaning solution is removed completely. Once you remove all the vinyl and adhesive that remained, you can clean the surface using soap and water. Use rubbing alcohol and a dry cloth to take off any remaining adhesive remover.
Step 5 Finishing Up
Use your favorite wax or polishing compound to complete the removal process and restore the surface.
In conclusion, be sure to allow plenty of time and go slowly when removing your adhesive vinyl decals. This will insure that you do not have any damage to the surface. If you are concerned about using any adhesive removers, rubbing alcohol or vinyl removal techniques above, be sure to test it on an inconspicuous are first.