A Beginner's Guide: How to Remove Vinyl Decals

Step 1: Heat the Decal

Heat will reactivate and soften the adhesive and the decal itself. This creates a much more pleasant removal experience. This can be done most easily by placing the decal to be removed in direct sunlight. If this cannot be achieved a blow dryer, heat gun, torch can all be used with caution. Be very careful not to harm the surface the decal lies upon.
Simple enough, peel up the decal. Slow but sure is best. If the decal is not too old it may come up in one piece.
- Keep the decal warm.
- On glass you can use a razor blade.
- Plastic razor blade, credit card, or fingernail can bring up the edge of the material to help with the peeling process. Be careful not to scratch your surface.
Depending on the age and type of decal there may be some adhesive left behind after your removal. Please take great care when removing the adhesive. Paint thinner, nail polish remover, goo gone are all good options (test the product on an unnoticed area). Once adhesive is removed clean again with rubbing alcohol or soapy water.

Another great option for decal removal is to hire your local sign company to do the work for you. Contact Advantage Signs & Graphics, Inc. with any questions.
Knowing how to remove a vinyl decal or graphic all starts with having the right tools and knowledge. Here is a step-by-step guide to getting that old vinyl decal off.

Step 2: Peel the Decal

Step 3: Adhesive Removal

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