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Removing Decals

Need help removing decals? You've come to the right place! This page is dedicated to Decal (Sticker) Removal Instructions.

CautionRead all manufacturers safety instructions before beginning work.

These suggestions are made to assist you in the removal of decals. If you encounter any difficulty removing a product, please call us at 1-800-888-8545, and we will contact the material manufacturer for specific help.

Heat Method 

  1. Begin by heating one corner of the marking with a blow dryer, heat lamp or heat gun until hot to the touch. Lift that corner by inserting a razor under the edge of the marking. This will loosen the marking so that you may begin pulling back the marking slowly, at less than a 90° angle. Continue applying heat to the area just before removal.
  2. Once you have removed the marking, check to make sure that all adhesive residue as been removed. Remaining residue may be removed by using Isopropyl Alcohol (rubbing alcohol) or Mineral Spirits.

Chemical Method

Caution: The chemical method (using methyl chloride-based paint removers such as Oakite 157, Cee Bee 292 or Strypeeze) for removing markings may damage or remove paint under or near the marking. This method is NOT recommended if damage to the paint is unacceptable.

  1. Using Masking tape, mask around the marking leaving about 1/64” gap between the tape and the edge of the marking.
  2. Using a soft brush or cloth, apply paint remover beginning at the top of the marking. Wait 30 seconds to allow the marking to loosen. Scrape downward with scraper or squeegee.
  3. If adhesive coat remains, repeat the process until all traces of the adhesive is removed.
  4. Rinse the area with clean water.

Solvent Method 

Note: For stainless steel & non-painted surfaces, use Strypeeze and follow the chemical method of removal.

  1. Use a mixture of 75% MEK (Methyl Ethyl Ketone) and 25% Toluene. Determine if the mixture will damage the paint by testing in an inconspicuous area.
  2. Saturate an absorbent material such as a paper towel with the mixture described in step number 1. Place the towel over the entire marking. Wait 3-4 minutes.
  3. If the adhesive coat remains, repeat step 2 until all traces of adhesive have been removed.
  4. Rinse with clean water.

CautionRead all manufacturers safety instructions before beginning work.

These suggestions are made to assist you in the removal of decals. If you encounter any difficulty removing a product, please call us at 1-800-888-8545, and we will contact the material manufacturer for specific help.

 

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