Vinyl Decal & Stripe Removal

by Jeremy Goodspeed

Many new cars these days come with some sort of factory stripe or graphic. Some are certainly modest, however others are simply wayVinyl Decal and Stripe Removal Explained overdone. Removal of these factory stripes, will clean up lines, and add a clean look to a vehicle.

Follow these easy steps for stripe removal:

 

Heat Method:

1. Warm the stripe with a heat gun or hair dryer to soften the adhesive. (Be careful not to over heat the stripe or it will tear and paint could be damaged.)

2. Peel stripe slowly, pulling it off at a 90-degree angle while heating the next section.

Using your fingers to peel stripe off completely, leaving only the adhesive. (Do not use a scraping tool for stripe removal, as paint could be damaged.)

4. For adhesive removal, use a solvent based adhesive remover to completely clean the adhesive. A spray bottle works effectively for allow the cleaner to soak on the adhesive. Follow with a clean terry-cloth towel.

5. Wash the vehicle thoroughly to eliminate any chemical residue.

6. Polish and wax the vehicle as necessary to a uniform gloss.

 

Eraser Wheel Method:

1. For older stripes or stubborn decals use an eraser wheel to remove the vinyl stripe from painted surfaces. Attach the wheel to a drill, and glide the wheel over the surface until the stripe is removed. Be careful to not overheat the paint causing any surface blemishes.

2. To remove the residual adhesive, use a solvent based adhesive remover to completely clean the adhesive. A spray bottle works effectively for allow the cleaner to soak on the adhesive. Follow with a clean terry-cloth towel.

3. Wash the vehicle thoroughly to eliminate any chemical residue.

4. Polish and wax the vehicle as necessary to a uniform gloss. Obviously the stripe on a new car will be easier to remove; however with some patience, even a stripe from a 3 or 4-year-old vehicle can be removed. On many older vehicles, a color difference could be visible. Polishing and waxing will either eliminate or greatly reduce these color differences.