How to Remove a Decal From Auto Paint

By Ryan Lawrence ; Updated September 15, 2017

Things Needed

  • Extension cord
  • Heat gun or hair dryer
  • General purpose adhesive spray cleaners
  • Rags
  • Terrycloth
  • Rags
Use a hair dryer to warm the underlying adhesives.

When removing vehicle decals, they often end up causing unintentional damage to the underlying clear coat and paint. If you need to remove decals from auto paint, employ the proper strategy or you may end up with expensive repair costs. Select the proper tools and materials that will ease the removal process without marring the finish with abrasion scars.

Plug a heat gun or hair dryer into an extension cord.

Warm the adhesive beneath the decal, using the heat gun or hair dryer. Maintain a 3- to 5-inch distance between the heating device and the decal, at all times.

Peel the edge of the decal, with your fingers, away from the car. Continue applying heat until the decal pulls away from the car.

Spray a general purpose adhesive cleaner onto a terry cloth. Use the terry cloth to remove any remaining adhesive from the car's finish. Massage in a circular, clockwise motion. Wipe excess adhesive cleaner from the finish, using clean cloth rags.

Warning

Read the label to ensure that the general purpose adhesive spray cleaner you purchase is manufactured for use on automobiles.

About the Author

Ryan Lawrence is a freelance writer based in Boulder, Colorado. He has been writing professionally since 1999. He has 10 years of experience as a professional painting contractor. Lawrence writes for High Class Blogs and Yodle. He has a bachelor's degree in journalism and public relations with a minor in history from the University of Oklahoma.