If you live in a hot climate, then there is bad news for removing car stickers
They become really bonded onto the surface in the summer heat.
What that means is that stickers become really hard to remove. The chemical structure of the adhesive changes overtime where the adhesive and sticker become bonded together.
This results in a situation where virtually all sticker removal tools will not work
The strategies to take off a car decal you could try (though won’t work on baked on decals are)
– Finger nails: forget it…. That method will just result in bloodied stubbed fingers
– Metal razor blade: wowow. Be careful here not to cut your fingers and the possibility to damage and scratch the paint work is just too buig
– Hair dryer: well this works if the decal is only a month or so old, though for baked on decals, it just doesn’t cut it
So I don’t want to bark up the old same saying, though they same repetition is the key to mastery.
The answer to removing car stickers is the Whizzy Wheel. It works because
1. Based on friction so regardless how old a sticker it, the whizzy wheel will remove it
2. Made of soft rubber – doesn’t affect paint work (for factory finished painted cars)
3. Wider: so works faster and lasts longer
4. Speed: spins at 2500 – 4000 rpm so gets job down.
If you want to see it in action, check out this page of ½ dozen situations of cars, windows, trucks having stickers removed
P.S – below is a Whizy Wheel 2014 Christmas photo collage. We do this every year. Celebrate a year of stickers being removed and happy customers worldwide
One aspect I love of being Chief Decal Removal Officer is every week I get calls about how we can help people take stickers off from their cars.
The main reason for this type of enquiry is often people have bought a 2nd hand van, that previously had another companies advertising stickers on the side, and they need to remove them
(and if you want to know how to get rid of that ghosting effect, you can skip to the end of the blog)
This week, we had a chap from Broadmeadow who needed to take stickers off their van. It was the usual scenario when the standard sticker removal techniques were used, but with no success
To save you the time, you can rule out any of the below approaches, if your decal has been baked onto your car for more than 2+ years.
So what does NOT work
1. Fingernails. Okay, this may work for those flimsy stickers your kid puts on the side of his bed, though any heavy duty van sticker, this just won’t work
2. Metal razor blades; this will work on glass and windows to take off stickers, but we do not recommend on painted surfaces as it’s easy to damage the paint work
3. Chemicals or spray’s: these are great at cleaning the surface once the sticker has been removed, though does not work well in actually removing the stickers
4. Hair dryer: this has mixed results and on new stickers it works quite well, though on old baked on stickers that are cracked and worn out, it doesn’t work (check out below video of the hair dryer working. This is a really new sticker)
So the proven way to take off van stickers is the Whizzy Wheel. The reason it works is
a. It uses friction to take off the van sticker, so regardless of how old the sticker is, even baked on, you can easily take it off
b. It’s made of soft rubber, so won’t affect the paint work on your car (assuming it’s factory finish paint work).
c. Speed: the Whizzy Wheel turns at around 2,500 – 4,000 rpm’s which means the sticker literally flies off the surface (check out the video below to see it in action)
d. Width: the Whizzy Wheel is about 2 inches (5 centimetres wide) so makes taking off stickers a very fast task
Now pardon interrupting the flow of this blog, though I just remembered an email I got the other week which I have copied and pasted below – these are the types of emails that make me smile all day
“My name is Jonathan Langston and I’m located in Atlanta, GA USA. I came across your video on YouTube and decided to give the Whizzy Wheel a try to use at my current company. Honestly, I didn’t really get my hopes up too much and really thought this would be another false advertised waste of money. Well, I can honestly say that I was very, very wrong. This is one of the few products I’ve seen that actually does what it claims to do.”
Now that my big ego has calmed down after getting a great email like that, I want to let you know that if you need to remove any type of car sticker or decal, then the Whizzy Wheel is the must have
We 100% stand by this guarantee and if you have any concerns that the Whizzy Wheel does not work like in the video’s, drop me a line at email@example.com and I’ll instantly refund you.
Being candid, we have sold 3,000+ whizzy wheels in the last couple of years and 99.9% of people who we hear from just love.
We would love to help you take off your car or van sticker so please drop me a line (+61 421 001 613) or try the whizzy wheel today and enjoy the benefits of a sticker free van
Peter “Chief Decal Removal” Officer
P.S – if you want to get rid of the ghosting effect (i.e. the effect that it looks like there is still the sticker on your van, then its easy.
Recently we had a phone call from Jeremie whose business (electicial) was located in the mining area just outside of Mackay
Now this part of the world is wealthy in minerals though is very tough climate – with the temperature being 100+ fahrenheit or (over 40 degress)
What this means is that the stickers on car vehicles become bonded very tightly to the surface. This results in:
– Stickers being very hard to remove
– Car stickers becoming cracked and hard to remove using standard approach of
o heat gun
o prey (to the whichever God you believe/ not believe in)
What we found is the best and only way to remove a car sticker that has been really baked on is via the whizzy wheel.
The whizzy works by being different to any other car sticker removal solution on the market. The process is very simple
1. Connect a whizzy wheel to a standard drill using the arbor
2. Turn on the drill to approx. 2,500-4000 rpm’s
3. Slowly move the whizzy wheel back and forth across the decal
4. Crack a beer or favourite celebration food to toast your good work
Now the reason the whizzy wheel removes stickers so easily as it uses friction to wear away the sticker
It’s made of soft rubber so will not damage the painted surface and works wonders on car and truck windows.
We sometimes find there is adhesive or glue left on the car surface where the sticker once was.
To help remove this, we suggest use citrus degreaser (much cheaper and more effective than goo off) to clean the surface.
Remember, if you are re-applying a sticker, make sure the surface is wash thoroughly and any citrus degreaser is cleaned off. Otherwise, it will be hard to get the new stickers to stick onto the car surface
If you have any questions, (this blog started due to a customer calling us and working out a solution to his mining sticker removal situation), then please drop me a line at firstname.lastname@example.org or call +61 421 001 613 to see how we can help.
We have helped over 3,000+ customers remove stickers and decals from all situations and even if the Whizzy Wheel is not the best solution for your situation, we shall work out a way to help
(and yes, the below image is of a mining truck that has decals, though it’s a lego model…. Checking who is paying attention).
This week I had a call from a lady who needed to remove car stickers that had crystals (made by 3M) on them… well not real crystals.
It was a phone conversation so I could not see the actual car sticker, though it’s similar to the below picture
Until the sticker removal phone call, I had not heard of car stickers that had crystals attached to them. Apparently they are very popular now, though you want to get them place on your car correctly as need a different approach to remove.
Now to 99% of our customers, I recommend the Whizzy Wheel to remove stickers and decals from the majority of surfaces as just works so well.
Now back to our scenario of removing stickers that had crystals on them from a car.
The Whizzy Wheel is not appropriate as it works by wearing away a car sticker through friction and it peels off (the best way is via watching the video)
The reason we did not recommend it is the crystals could mark the surface when being peel off as theWhizzy Wheel rotates at 2500-4000 rpm (and yes we are being conservative as we did not get to see the application in real life, rather had a phone call to understand the situation)
NOTE: if the scenario was a normal car sticker to remove, then we would 100% recommend the Whizzy Wheel as find it by far the BEST way to remove car sticekrs
The way we helped, is that recommended a very slow and steady approach to remove the crystal car sticker
Purchase a plastic razor blade that has a sharp/ angled edge, but will not damage the paint
Go to your local hardware store and get some Citrus Degreaser to take off the adhesive or glue that maybe left on the surface
Now you have your tool, we recommend this approach
Spray the sticker edges thoroughly with Citrus Degreaser
If possible, perforate the surface so the Citrus Degreaser can really get under the sticker
Take the plastic blade and slowly guide the edge under the sticker lip
Spray more Citrus Degreaser under the lip where the sticker has started to come off
Repeat steps 1 – 3 until the job is finished
What we don’t recommend
As this job is on a painted surface a metal razor blade is definitely no usable due to the potential to damage the painted surface
As the crystal car sticker was made with lettering from 3M(well that’s what the customer told us), using a hair dryer to remove car stickers may not be suitable due to the strength of the sticker.
Usually the hair dryer approach to removing car stickers works for very small stickers, that do not have a strong adhesive
How we can help
Our business is removing decals and stickers from all types of surfaces and we always love the opportunity to helpPlease drop me a line on + 61 421 001 613 or email@example.com with any sticker removal questions
This week we had an enquiry on how best to remove decals and stickers from an Airstream (and for those non Americans, that means caravan).
To help our friendly customer we suggested taking the below approach to taking off stickers and decals from his Airstream.
The good news is that as Airstreams are made from aluminium, it makes for an ideal surface to take off the stickers.
Aluminium, unlike plastic is easy to remove stickers from and using a Whizzy Wheel is a guaranteed solution for making the airstream have zero decals left on the surface.
The other goods news is that the retro design of Airstream (recreational vehicles) is coming back into fashion, making them even more popular.
So here is our advise to taking off stickers from an Airstream
**** email to customer ****
In relation to helping your decal / sticker removal job, below are some tips that may help
Start from the outside of the sticker and work your way inwards
Ensure you move the whizzy wheel back and forth across the surface to ensure the sticker comes off more easily
Please use an electric drill, rather than a cordless drill as works a lot better
Once the stickers have been removed, if there is any adhesive or glue left over, the best (and most economical product) to clean the surface is Citrus Degreaser (this link is just to show what it looks like as Home Depot is USA based). You can get some from your local hardware store for about $10-20/ bottle
If you need to re-apply any stickers, make sure you wash the surface with soapy water then dry, to remove any citrus degreaser or dirt
(and yes this Airstream image is taken from the good old “yester-years”…. Well before my time)
And for you Airstream buff’s here 11 Airstream facts we found online
WALLY BYAM WAS A RIDICULOUSLY QUOTABLE MARKETING GENIUS.
VINCENT PRICE NARRATED A MINISERIES ABOUT THE AIRSTREAM.
THERE WAS A SQUARE AIRSTREAM.
THERE ARE EIGHT AIRSTREAMS BURIED NOSE DOWN IN THE GROUND NEXT TO I-4 IN 15 MILES FROM TAMPA, FLORIDA. (EXIT 14 ON THE I-4, NEAR DOVER).
THOUGH THE COMPANY’S PRODUCT IS OFTEN REFERRED TO AS THE “SILVER BULLET” AIRSTREAM’S SILVER CLOUD MODEL WAS NOT SILVER, NOR BULLET SHAPED.
BEFORE ALL THE HIPSTERS WERE DOING IT THIS CENTURY, IN THE 1950S, BYAM RECOMMENDED USING THE CHEMEX COFFEE MAKER.
ALUMINUM TRAILERS (INCLUDING AIRSTREAM) STOPPED PRODUCTION DURING WWII.
THERE ARE AIRSTREAM HOTELS IN FRANCE AND SOUTH AFRICA.
THE LOOK OF THE AIRSTREAM TRAILER WAS INSPIRED BY THE STREAMLINE MODERNE DESIGN AESTHETIC.
PAMELA ANDERSON ONCE OWNED AN AIRSTREAM EQUIPPED WITH A STRIPPER POLE.
TRAILERING WAS SO POPULAR IN THE EARLY DAYS OF AIRSTREAM THAT IN THE MID 1930S THERE WERE ABOUT 48 TRAILER COMPANIES, BUT WITHIN 5 YEARS THERE WERE 400.
Now if you have read this far, you must be very keen on removing stickers or decals from your Airstream/ caravan/ recreational vehicle.
The good news is we are here to help. We have helped 2560+ people remove decals for all types of situations and if you have a questions or query about the best way to remove stickers from any surface, then let us know today
We are contactable on firstname.lastname@example.org for any questions on removing stickers or call +61 421 001 613 for urgent questions.
You maybe in the situation where you need to remove a bumper sticker from your car due to:
– Bought a 2nd hand car that has a lot of bumper stickers on it
– Bought a “Obama” or “Bush” political bumper sticker and now changed your outlook on life
– Put on a funny bumper sticker such as “If it’s rocking, don’t bother knocking” which was funny when you were single, though not appropriate now
To remove the bumper sticker, there are a few options and need to need check the surface type of your bumper to know what solutions work best.
The type of bumpers on most car’s are
1. Factory finished painter bumper 2. Plastic/ exposed bumper 3. Metal or aluminium bumper
Factory finished painter bumper
Cars built in the last 5+ years, generally have bumpers that have the factory finish paint, rather than the older style, “black bumpers” that were made from a plastic compound
The good news is that factory finish bumpers can use the following techniques to remove stickers
1. Hair dryer
Great option if you are low on funds and the sticker is relatively new. Older bumper stickers that have been baked on in the sun won’t remove easily when using a hair dryer. This option definitely works well on new bumper stickers, but not old ones
2. Plastic razor blade
This sometimes works, though the issue here is if the adhesive is bonded on strongly, the bumper sticker does not peel off easily.
Plastic razor blades work better on stickers that have been stuck on the inside of a car window, such as registration stickers
3. Whizzy Wheel
Okay – we do sell this and it’s the best way we find to take off bumper stickers. It works in minutes and often takes off a lot of the adhesive/ glue aswell.
The only downside is it costs money though definitely does the best job and the fastest tool
Plastic/ exposed bumper
The black bumper is most common amongst cars from the 1980’s to early 2000’s. They are designed to be able to take a few knocks and scratches and the marks are not as obvious as if on paint work.
Due to these bumpers often being made of plastic, we don’t recommend using a hair dryer or whizzy wheel.
The heat from the hair dryer can warp the plastic and the whizzy wheel, even though made of soft rubber, may affect the plastic
In this situation the safest solution is plastic razor blade as though slower, it won’t affect the surface.
Metal or aluminium bumper
These are the easiest bumper stickers to remove as you have more options to work with.
We suggest using the whizzy wheel as the first option or hair dryer (if have some patience) as the back-up approach
The good news, as the bumper is made of metal or aluminium, there is little chance of damaging the surface as it’s a sturdy surface.
Take Action in removing the bumper sticker
In summary, removing bumper stickers can be fairly easy as you have 3 tools to chose from. The Whizzy Wheel, Hair Dryer or Plastic razor blade.
If there is any glue left over on your bumper bar once the sticker has been removed, we recommend using some citrus degreaser.
It fairly cheap at around $10 / bottle and is fantastic at taking off any adhesive
** A little history about us **
Here Decal Sticker Remover HQ, we love helping people take off stickers from their bumpers.
We have over 20+ years experience in removing stickers so would love to help you in our quest to remove unsightly decals from every bumper bar across the North / South America, Europe and Asia
If you have any sticker removal questions or need help removing stickers, please contact me via email@example.com and we would love to help. (we even love giving free tips on how to best tackle your job)
Note: we have ruled out using a metal scraper or razor blade due to the dangers of cutting yourself when removing a bumper sticker
If you haven’t removed stickers from a car before, then it can be a task that isn’t much fun….
The good news is, even if you have a car with some old retro stickers on it, that you want to remove, then I can explain the best sticker removal tools
I’ll split this blog about the best sticker removal tools into two parts. Ways to do it for free or low cost, and the paid version.
Before we get started, there are a few variables that impact the way car stickers can be removed.
Factors affecting Car sticker removal
Generally car stickers that have been on the surface less than 12 months are much easier to remove, then stickers that have been on for years.
The reason, once a car sticker is on the surface for more than 12 months, and out in the weather, it becomes bonded onto the surface and much harder to remove.
Generally, hot weather is the main culprit of making stickers hard to remove. The heat makes the adhesive in the sticker bond to the surface, making it very hard to remove
2. Quality of the car sticker
Generally there are two types of car stickers to remove
a. Small Car stickers, such as bumper stickers as in the below picture
These are an unknown when it comes to removing due to the inconsistency of the adhesive quality.
Some of these stickers are made in the USA, though a lot are made in China, where the adhesive quality can vary from good to very poor.
What this means is when it comes to removing these bumper style stickers, you may get situations where the adhesive is very poor quality and really sticks to the surface. This makes it harder to remove the sticker, even if it’s less than 12 months old
b. Professional stickers used in car advertising
Generally professional installed car stickers that are used for advertising use a reliable sticker/ vinyl lettering from 3M.
The good news is that the quality of adhesive is reliable and using the most appropriate sticker removal tool will get the job done quite easily (if you want a sneak peak, check out this video for removing car stickers).
This means, if you have a job to remove car stickers that have, for example 3M vinyl lettering, then you can be fairly confident of being able to get the job done with little fuss
The outliner to all these scenario’s is reflective car stickers. These are the type used on police and ambulances, that shine when at night when a light is shone on them.
This style of car sticker is much thicker than usual car stickers and takes a lot of time to remove. The job or removing reflective car stickers can be achieved, though expect to take 2 – 3 times longer than the average job
The Best Sticker Removal Tools
1. Free Option
Okay, if you have plenty of time and prefer to save a few bucks, rather than getting the stickers off your car more quickly, then there are a few options that cost next to nothing
Hair Dryer or Heat Gun
If you have access to a hair dryer or heat gun, you can use this to remove a car sticker. The basic approach is that by heating the sticker, the adhesive becomes more like jelly and loses its bond between the sticker and the surface.
What you need to do is
Clean the surface of any dirt or grime
Turn on the hair dryer and slowly move it back and forth across the sticker, about 6-12 inches or 15 – 30 centimetres from the surface
After the sticker warms up, slowly start to peel off the sticker
If you have a plastic scraper, it makes the job much easier to remove the car sticker
This method only works on newer car stickers where the bond between the sticker and the car has not bonded yet. It works by getting under the lip of the car sticker and slowly removing it.
Our opinion, the plastic scraper is best used in combination with a hair dryer, rather than by itself
FYI – plastic scraper can be bought for under $5 from your local home depot or hardware store
Note: the above free (or low cost) sticker removal tools definitely work on newer stickers, though any car with car stickers more than a few years old, or been out in the sun, WILL HAVE LITTLE SUCCESS using the Hair Dryer.
The reason being, the adhesive can’t be heated to turn into a gelly structure, as over time, it has bonded to the surface and turned into a cement like state. This means the only feasible way to take off the sticker is via Whizzy Wheel
2. Sticker Removal Tools (paid options)
a. Car Sticker Removal Professional
These are small businesses that come around and remove your car stickers for you. They usually charge between $30-75 / hour and for some reason, seem to have a minimum charge of 2 hours work. This is to cover their call out fee.
They use a mix of products to remove car stickers, including heat guns, plastic scrapers, whizzy wheels and citrus degreaser
The upside of using these guys is they also leave the surface looking very clean by taking off any left over adhesive. They usually use a product such as citrus degreaser that is great at getting off any left over glue or adhesive.
If you are short on time, and money is and cost is a secondary priority, these type of guys are fantastic. Usually expect to spend between $60 – $250 to have your car stickers taken off, depending on the size of the job
b. Whizzy Wheel
It may seem bias, though this is the best car sticker tool on the market to take off car stickers.
It’s a soft rubber wheel, that connects to any standard drill and quickly takes off the car sticker when apply to the surface. The way it works is by
Attach the Whizzy Wheel to a standard drill using the arbor that comes supplied with the Whizzy Wheel
Turn on the drill to approx. 2500-4000 rpm
Moving the Whizzy Wheel back and forth across the sticker as it’s quickly removed
A lot of people use the Whizzy Wheel after unsuccessfully trying to take off a car sticker using a Hair Dryer. The wheel really works best and proves itself when taking off very old car stickers that have been baked on.
The below video shows it in action – easily taking off an old car sticker
Here at www.decalstickerremover.com we love helping people remove car stickers and letting you make the choice about what is the best car sticker removal tool
If you want to use the whizzy wheel, then fantastic and we will love shipping one out to you asap.
If you just need some car sticker removal advice, then we are happy to help aswell. Please drop us a line at firstname.lastname@example.org or call me personally on 00 11 61 421 001 613 (or 0421 001 613 if in Australia)
We help people from all over the world to remove car stickers, with the majority of our customer being in the United States (Texas and Florida), Canada, Europe, New Zealand and plenty in Australia
This week I had an interesting email about removing stickers from 10,000+ bicycles.
It’s not everyday you get an email enquiry like this where you need to assist in such a big task so I’ll share with you our insights if you are in this situation (well in the situation of needing to remove stickers from a single bicycle)
Before you remove a sticker from a bicycle, you need to know the following high level overview of options. This is an extract from an email with a client we are helping find the best solution to take off the decals….
***** email extract to customer *****
Heat gun works, though generally fairly slow, unless the stickers are really new and come off easy. Not the fastest method
Whizzy Wheel will work on the frame (and not damage it), though as it’s a bicycle, it’s hard to tell as manufacturer’s paint quality varies (FYI – Whizzy Wheel works fantastically on factory finish car paint work)
The lacquerer may prove time consuming to remove the decals, and best to trial a few ideas.
1. Trail a Whizzy Wheel. As a goodwill gesture, we will pay for the postage Note: we don’t recommend the Whizzy Wheel on plastic surfaces
2. Buy a plastic scarper blade from your local hardware store. These range from a few dollars upwards. Plastic scrapers won’t damage the paint surface
3. To clean the frames once the stickers has been removed, use some citrus degreaser to remove any left over adhesive
Now back to the question of removing bicycles stickers.
Protective Lacquer Coating
Most bicycles that are worth over say $1,000 generally have a lacquer coating. This is too protect the bicycle frame from the outdoor elements.
If your bicycle has a lacquer coating (you can tell by there is no lip/ or edge to the sticker), then no product will take the sticker off, until you remove the lacquer.
To remove the lacquer, you generally need a sharp blade such as a metal razor blade, to cut the lacquer to get access to the sticker.
Generally, the stickers are easy to remove once the sticker is exposed as the adhesive used is quite low strength. Usually a plastic scraper or even metal blade is enough to get the sticker off the bicycle frame.
If the sticker is larger and takes up the whole frame, you probably want something faster such as a whizzy wheel, though if you have some patience, a plastic blade will also do the job.
After you have taken off the sticker, it is recommended to reapply a clear lacquer coating to make sure the frame is protected from the weather. If you don’t, then the frame may be open to having rust build up
Bicycle Sticker on outside of Coating (or No Coating on frame)
This is a fairly straight forward job and no special tool is needed outside a basic razor blade or plastic scraper.
We don’t usually recommend a metal blade due to the ability to cut yourself and also damage the paint work, though we assume the paint work on your bicycle is not as “precious” as the paint work on your car.
Cleaning the Surface
If you use a blade (plastic or metal) to take off the sticker and not a Whizzy Wheel, there will usually be some adhesive or glue left on the surface.
This needs to be removed as otherwise it will acquire dirt and grime and look fairly unattractive. We recommend Citrus Degreaser or an environmentally friendly alternative is Eucalypts oil.
Note: if there is a sticker on a plastic part of the bicycle such as a mud guard, we do not recommend using a Whizzy Wheel as it can affect the plastic.
You also need to be careful using citrus degreaser on any plastic surface to clean an area where a sticker had been, due to it potentially affecting the plastic material. After about 5 minutes of Citrus Degreaser being left of some plastics, it can affect the surface.
We don’t often get enquiries to take off stickers from bicycles, though always open to helping our people who need assistance.
How we can Help
We have recently helped a few clients in scenario’s where 200+ vehicles and trucks needed stickers and decals removed and we supplied some trial wheels to prove it’s the best tool for bulk decal removal.
If you have a job coming up that needs a large number of stickers removed, please contact us via email@example.com
If you are just interested in learning about the best way to take off stickers or the best sticker removal tool, then also feel free to drop us a line.
We have 20+ years experience in removing decals and stickers from cars, glass, trucks and even public signs… so if you have a question, please let us know via firstname.lastname@example.org
(we love helping people clear the world of unsightly decals so please let us know how we can help).
Okay – now the fun stuff.
What’s the best way to remove decals and stickers?
To answer this, we really need to understand what scenario you are trying to remove the Decal from. The reason being if you are removing a Sticker from a Car door, is different to removing it from a shopfront window.
Through the Decal Removal Blue Print we will also share with you video demonstrations showing what application works best, the best decal removal tools and what works best for the different sticker removal scenario’s.
So let’s start at the top with the most common sticker removal situation
1. Removing Car Decals and Stickers
Stickers that have been on the Car for more than 1 year
Stickers that have been on the Car for less than 1 year
This is the most common question I get asked each week is how do I get off these car decals, pin stripping or graphics from my car?
This really depends on how old the Decals have been on for.
Removing car Stickers that have been on the Car for more than 1 year
The good news is it’s possible. The downside is there is only 1 way that works
Car stickers that have been on the surface for more than 12 months can be tough to remove.
The reason for this is the molecular structure of the adhesive changes over time, especially if the car has been in the sun and bonds to the surface. (i.e the sticker really become baked on)
What this means is the car decal becomes bonded to the surface and often the decal cracks. This means the cheap and easy option to remove car decals of using a hair dryer does not work.
Using a hair dryer or heat gun to remove a decal works on the principle of heating up the decal and loosening adhesive/ glue. As the glue has become softer, it is expected that the sticker can be peeled off.
Unfortunately as the sticker is old and bonded to the surface, especially if the car has been outside in the heat, the hair dryer option does not work, to remove car stickers.
Using the heat gun means only very small sections (the size of a quarter coin) of the sticker can be peel off.
This means in situations when the sticker has been on the car for more than 1 year, aa small job can take hours.
The below picture is a good example of a decal that has been on for a number of years and where a heat gun will not work
The way to remove Decals from a car, that has decals that have been on the surface more than 1 year is through the Whizzy Wheel.
Now this will be seen as a bias view, though it’s the only method that genuinely works for old baked on car stickers.
The reason it works is the Whizzy Wheel is made from soft rubber and works by wearing away the car sticker. This means regardless of how old the Decal is, it can still be removed.
The 2nd most common question we get is “will the Whizzy Wheel affect the paint on my car?”.
If your car has a factory finish paint job (i.e. not a respray), then the Whizzy Wheel will not affect that paint.
That said, we always recommend to test in a small discrete area first to check and give you peace of mind.
The easiest way to see how the Whizzy Wheel makes decal and car sticker removal an easy job, check out the below video
The good news today is that if your car has stickers that have been on for less than 1 year, there is a good chance that the standard household hair dryer or heat gun will remove the sticker.
The steps to follow are
Clean the surface of the decal with a damp rag to ensure any mess or dirt is removed
Turn on the hair dryer of heat gun and slowly heat up the car decal, moving the hair dryer back and forth at a distance of 6 – 10 inches (10 – 15 cm) from the surface
As the sticker heats up, slowly start to peel the sticker off
You can tell if this method works, if you are able to get larger sections of the decal to peel off from the car.
If the sticker starts to break into smaller pieces, then the decal has already bonded to the surface and you’ll need the Whizzy Wheel.
The below video shows a successful car sticker removal job when using a heat gun/ hair dryer. You’ll notice the sticker comes off in relatively large sections which is often the sign of a car sticker that has been on the surface less than 12 months
The following options to remove a car sticker were not discussed for the following reasons:
Plastic razor blade: too slow for removing large areas of stickers. Not effective on old decals
Metal razor blade: potential to damage the paint work through scratching ruled out this method
Citrus Degreaser: only effective at removing adhesive and glue that has been left on the surface once a car sticker has already been removed
The GHOSTING Effect
If you remove decals from a car, truck or bus, or any outdoor surface that has been out in the sun for a few years, then you will suffer from the GHOSTING effect.
What is the Ghosting effect?
When stickers are left on a surface such as a car, then the hot sun will slowly fade the paint work on the car. However, the paint work under the Sticker will remove looking brand new and fresh.
What this means is when the stickers are removed from car that has had them on for say 5+ years in the hot sun, then you’ll see a faint mark where the old sticker was.
This is due to the surface where the sticker has been removed from is a slightly different colour tone to the rest of the car. (i.e. the rest of the car has slightly faded)
The only option is this situation is using a lot of polish to try and make the surface colour look the same is by polishing the surface.
However, this still does not guarantee success in removing the GHOSTING effect.
2. Removing Boat Decals and Stickers
Due to the nature of boats mainly being in salt water, the decals are bonded on extremely tightly to the surface. This makes them tough to remove and rules out most of the common methods.
You can try and use a hair dryer or heat gun, though we find that the Whizzy Wheel is the most effective tool to use, or potentially plastic razor blades in some scenario’s.
The approach to use is slightly different to a car, due to the different type of materials used in a boat. The scenario’s are:
Metal haul boat: the Whizzy Wheel will definitely work and have not impact on the surface, except for leaving a Sticker free boat
Fibre glass boat:
we recommend using caution here with the Whizzy Wheel as there has been a situation where the Whizzy Wheel marked the surface. We only have 1 recorded case, though recommend being caution
plastic razor blade: if the boat stickers are small, then a plastic razor blade is an option as won’t damage the surface or take too long. As fibre glass can be fragile, we don’t recommend metal razor blades
The below video shows a Wonder Wheel (the version before the Whizzy Wheel) removing boat stickers and decals very easily, which puts a smile on the boats owner having a sticker free boat
3.Removing Decals and Stickers From Glass Window
This is a common situation, often when shop owners and retail shops need to remove stickers from the glass shop window.
The most common scenario’s is the store has sale that has ended and needs to remove the “sale stickers” or a new shop opens up and need the branding to be removed or has store advertising stickers need to be removed.
Even though this is a common situation, we rarely get questions about this as there is an easy option.
Using a Metal razor blade…
Now we don’t recommend the Metal Razor blade due to the potential to cut yourself, though it does easily remove stickers.
A better option is to buy either a plastic scraper of metal scraper from Home depot or Bunnings with a wide blade. I recommend purchasing a scraper with a blade width of atleast 4 inches (10 cm’s).
Note: for the plastic scraper blades, usually the cheaper one (i.e. under $5), don’t have a sharp edge. We recommend paying a bit more, and getting a higher quality scraper, with a sharper edge that allows you to get under the edge of the decal to make it easier to take off.
The higher quality plastic scrapers can cost between $15 – 20’s.
You’ll see below a classic example of a sale ending and the retail store needing to remove the advertising decals.
If you purchase a metal or plastic scraper, these jobs can be done in under 30 minutes as the Decals are relatively new (often less than a few months old) and the glass surface is flat which makes it easy to get under the sticker.
Note: on old windows, which can be quiet thin, we don’t recommend a metal scraper due to the potential of cracking the window with too much pressure
The below video shows a plastic blade, that though not very wide, easily removes the stickers as it has a sharp plastic edge. This makes it easy to get under the lip of the sticker, making it easier to remove
4. Removing Glass Frosting and Film
I can speak from personal experience that removing frosting from a house window is a fairly straight job (though removing the adhesive that was left over wasn’t much fun)
Frosting on windows is usually used for privacy reasons as it distorts what people outside can see in, though still provides a lot of sunlight
In my home, I had used some film (that was not high quality) and within 1 year has bubbled and wrapped. (I didn’t expect my local hardware to stock low grade frosty).
The result was the frosting film needed to be removed and new film installed. To remove this film I used plastic scraper and took off the frosting within 10 minutes. The other tools available to use when removing frosted film are:
Whizzy Wheel (only for commercial windows or thick residential windows)
Note: As our house window is quiet thin, we would not recommend using a whizzy wheel as the pressure you apply my cause cracking.
As the frosting film we used was not a high quality, unlike reputable brands such as 3M Vinyl who provide frosting film, the film from the local hardware store didn’t even last one year before bubbling and losing it’s shape.
The result was a vast amount of adhesive was left on the surface window which was not easy to remove if used standard approach of metal/ plastic scraper, mentholated spirits, hot soapy water or household cleaning detergent.
Great success was had when we used a citrus degreaser such as available at Home Depot.
Over the years, we have found that citrus degreaser is clearly the best product to clean up surfaces when a sticker has been removed. It’s perfect for wiping away the left over adhesive and glue
5. Removing Stickers or Decals from Bicycles or Motorcycles (motor bikes)
This is not a common question we receive, though some people have a need to take off a sticker from a motorcycle petrol tank or bicycle frame.
Bicycle frame: most bicycles have a clear lacquer around the frame which protects them from the weather and rust.
You can tell if your bicycle has a lacquer on the frame if you are unable to find a lip or edge on the sticker (note: the majority of road bicycles or bikes over $1,000 have a clear lacquer).
Unfortunately in these situations, you can not remove the sticker unless you cut the lacquer which will then expose the frame to rust (unless you re-lacquer the area).
If you still want to remove the bicycle decal, then you can use a metal razor blade to cut the lacquer, peel off the sticker, then re-apply the lacquer to ensure you have a clean seal.
(I have not personally removed a bicycle sticker, though the following link may help in a sticker removal forum (note: a lot of people say respray the bike, use WD40 or Nail polish remover. The latter 2 won’t work if the bike has clear lacquer coating)
Motor Bike petrol tank: whether you have a road or dirt bike, we suggest only using a plastic razor blade to remove decals from your petrol tanks
(FYI – most road bikes have metal petrol tanks and dirt bikes often have a plastic petrol tank)
A plastic razor blade is recommended to avoid any potential scratching of the paint or cutting yourself.
You’ll also need to clean the petrol tank surface after the job to make sure the adhesive and any left over glue is remove, otherwise, riding your motor bike maybe not as comfortable as the adhesive will slightly stick to your pants.
6. Removing Stickers or Decals from Wooden Basketball Court Floors
We have had one occasion where we helped a company remove advertising stickers from a basketball court. (and unfortunately it was not an NBA team)
Stickers generally come off fairly easily from wooden surfaces and would recommend
Metal scraper (only if a community basketball court, i.e. not a professional court in an arena)
Note: we don’t recommend a heat gun to remove stickers from a wooden basketball court as often the wood has a lacquer coating to protect it, and using a heat gun may affect the protective coating by slightly melting it.
We also would not recommend the whizzy wheel in case you take off the protective lacquer coating
7. Removing Stickers or Decals from Public Signs
In Malaysia, they have a serious issue with people using stickers to advertise their products which are then stuck on street signs.
I had never heard of it until we helped out a customer with a Whizzy Wheel to help speed up the process of taking these sticker off street signs.
Often the removal of decals stuck onto public signs is outsourced to companies where the biggest driver is cost and getting the streets clean again.
In these situations, we would recommend using metal scrapers to take the stickers off the street signs. The main reasons are:
It doesn’t matter if the street sign is slightly marked when the sticker is removed
Cheap to buy
Now we have finished telling you the best ways to remove stickers, from all types of situation, let’s give you some bonus material.
How to clean the surface once your decal or sticker has been removed?
The bonus tip we can recommend is if you need to clean the surface once a sticker or decal has been taken off, is citrus degreaser such as sold by Home depot.
This is magic at getting rid of any left over grim, adhesive or glue. Generally, we recommend spraying it on the surface, leaving it for a few minutes, then wiping clean the surface.
Note: citrus degreaser is not suitable for plastic surfaces as can slightly damage the surface (i.e. it eats it away).
So Citrus Degreaser is a great cheap way to remove any adhesive, and usually only costs about $10 for a bottle. Make sure you have a nice ventilated area when using it and use rubber gloves or wash your hands thoroughly after use.
Our closing thoughts
Overall, the best sticker and decal removal tool is really dependent on the job. We have summarised our views in the “Best Sticker Removal Tools” table below.
Metal razor blade
Cars – decal < 1 year old
Cars – decal > 1 year old
No (residential windows)
No (residential windows)
Bicycles/ Motor Bikes
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My name is Peter Nobbs whose family business been involved in the Decal and Sticker removal industry for over 20 years.
I like many of you had spent far too long and wasted energy in trying to rip, tear or scratch away Stickers.
Let me explain the background to this story. We were running a sign business that involved installing and removing a lot of Decals and Stickers. After years of frustration and wasted energy, we decided that removing Decals and Stickers was going to be a very frustrating part of our work, though we always knew that had to be a smart way.
However before we found the answer, we continued to use all the old ways that we had tried in the past, that didn’t work
- Soapy water
- Chemical formulations
- Metal blades
you name it, we tried it
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