For years now, how to remove stickers on various surfaces has been a topic of online forums and a question I receive daily in my inbox.

You may be attempting to remove stickers from your newly acquired car, RV, boat or home and want to know the best way.

Regardless of the type of surface you are working with, wood, glass, metal or plastic, there are sticker removal methods that will simply not work.

You probably know that the surface of your car, RV or boat will appear more appealing if you peel off that ugly sticker. However, you do not know the right way of removing the sticker.

It is okay to be cautious when it comes to sticker removal methods. This is mainly because you do not want to damage the paintwork on the car, RV or boat or scratch its surface while removing the sticker.

With so many tips and removal methods offered on various forums, it is easy for users to get confused about the methods that actually work and those that don’t.

To share with you the best decal removal methods, I will cover the four main tools that simply do not work when it comes to removing stickers.

The Four Sticker Removal Tools That Do Not Work

The below methods have varying success from not suitable to potentially working. I have listed them from least effective

  • Fingernails – many people will advise you to attempt using your fingernails to get rid of a sticker. As sticker grows older, it becomes harder to remove; thus rendering this method useless. Even if the sticker is new, this method will probably leave your nails aching and waste a lot of your time.
  • Adhesive Sprays – the nave itself suggests what such sprays are good at; removing the sticker adhesive that remains on the car surface, after the sticker has been removed. So its not worth the effort to use adhesive sprays to remove a sticker; regardless of the surface it is attached to. Note: we recommend against using any spray on plastic as it can eat into and damage the surface. These sprays are however, good at cleaning up the mess afterwards if there is goo left on the surface once the sticker has been removed
  • Metal Razor Blades – there is a misconception among the people who are attempting to remove stickers from a car, boat or RV surface on their own, that using a metal razor blade will make the task easier and fast to accomplish. When used on a car body, a metal razor blade will remove the sticker, but also potentially scratch the paintwork. Since we are looking for a method that will safely remove the sticker without damaging the surface it is attached to, it is highly advisable that you avoid using a metal razor blade to remove stickers and decals.
  • Hair Dryer – after a sticker is applied, it will continue to bake under the sun. The adhesive used on the decal will continue to fuse with the paint on the surface it is attached.

So people recommend warming a decal or sticker prior to removing it which will work for new decals (say 3-6 months old), though the longer a sticker stays on the surface the less likely a hair dryer will work

Which is the Best Sticker Removal Tool?

Since peeling, scratching and prying away the sticker are out of question, you must be wondering which the best method is.

By far the best decal removal tool today is the whizzy wheel.

This tool is particularly effective at removing stickers and decals from car, boat and RV surfaces. The tool is easy to use and will remove the stickers effectively, even if the stickers have baked under the sun.

For an illustration of how effective this tool can actually be, take a look at this video or head to my website and check out the various tutorials and videos there.

Check out a couple of video’s of the Whizzy Wheel in action. The first video is from a customer (thanks David for posting) and the 2nd is the whizzy wheel in action (with over 150,000 youtube views)