There are a number of ways to remove decals and stickers and depending on what the surface is, will make different tools better than others.

The main 5 techniques to remove decals and stickers are:

1) Heat gun or Hair Dryer

2) Chemicals / Residue removers

3) Razor blades

4) Plastic blade (e.g. Wonder Blade)

5) Rubber tool (e.g. Wonder Wheel)

1) Heat gun – One of the most used tools to remove Decals.

Pro’s:

– suitable for steel, glass and some painted surfaces (be careful of re-spray’s as the paint may react inversely).

– suitable for small to medium sized areas

Con’s:

– doesn’t remove residue or goo left on by Decal

– be careful of natural products (e.g. wood) as can heat can inversely with natural products)

– can be a little slow as takes time to heat up decal and remove

2) Chemicals/ Residue removers (e.g. eucalyptus oil)

Pro’s:

– excellent at removing goo or residue left over after a decal has been removed (and preparing a surface for a new decal)

Con’s:

– normally doesn’t penetrate the decal surface. You need to perforate the surface so the chemical can get under the Decal

– potential adverse re-action to skin contact

Overall: better tool to use after the decal has been removed to clean and prepare the surface

3) Razor blades

Pro’s:

– excellent for surfaces that don’t scratch easily (e.g. glass)

– cheap option and easily available

Con’s:

– never use on a painted surface or some stainless steel surfaces (very easy to scratch the paintwork and ruin a job)

– more suited to smaller areas (takes a long term to do a large area)

– doesn’t remove residue or goo left on by Decal

– potential to cut yourself / have staff injured

4) Plastic blade (e.g. Wonder blade)

Pro’s:

– excellent for painted areas or stainless steel (as doesn’t scratch the surface)

– made of plastic so can not cut yourself

Con’s:

– doesn’t remove residue or goo left on by Decal

– more suited to smaller areas

5) Wonder Wheel

Pro’s:

– excellent for large areas or decals that are very old and baked on

– removes most of the residue and goo

– one stop solution

Con’s:

– need to ensure the tool is moved across the surface (holding the wheel in 1 spot for too long can mark the painted surface). Not suited to some natural surfaces (e.g. wood)

– requires a drill to be used with

Overall, there are lots of options depending on the job. The overall finding is that if there is a large job (e.g. remove decals from a bus or truck) then the Wonder Wheel is the best tool to use (plus it removes most of the residue at the same time). As a tip, if you need a natural product to remove the goo or adhesive, try Eucalyptus oil (it’s cheap and doesn’t contain the nasty chemicals some other the goo removers on the market contain)