How to Remove Vinyl Decals- Part 4: “Cleaning this Mess up…

Now that you have the decals removed, the surface will have some adhesive left. The amount will vary depending on the heat used, the vinyl used and the success of your removal.

For small areas of adhesive, we spray the remover of choice (Trapper) or another product called Rapid Remover available through sign supply distributors, on the area, wait a minute and wipe off with a paper towel. We may need to do this a couple of times to make sure all residue is gone. Make sure to wear the rubber gloves and eye protection. Even though the Trapper is a “natural” product, it will sting if it makes it into your eyes and for some people, contact with the skin causes burning and redness.

For thicker, larger areas of adhesive, we will use the same process as above, but after a bit longer wait, use a soft squeegee to scrape off the first loose layer of adhesive. At this point, DO NOT try to remove the adhesive that is not loose yet. You will just take a risk of scratching the vehicle. Repeat the spraying process, wait, then scrape. It may take 3-5 times to remove the thicker adhesives. When you are at the last thin layer, utilize the paper towel to do the final clean up.

During this process, you really cannot walk away. You are committed. The chemical properties of adhesive removers are such that if they are left on a vehicle for longer than a few minutes without being neutralized (soap and water wash with a clear water rinse) they will soften and damage the factory paint. If you do need to step away, for more than 10 minutes, run clear water over the surface until the “milky” coloration from the remover is gone. Once you return to the project, you may need to dry the surface to resume removal as any water will impede the remover’s strength.

Once the adhesive is removed, wash the entire vehicle with soap and warm water, changing as needed and rinse with clear water. Check for any missed spots and do a quick touch up with remover. Wipe the small area with a wet paper towel.

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