How to Remove Decals from a Truckby Willow Sidhe
Many decals, stickers, and emblems are easy to remove from a vehicle, but some are more stubborn. If you're having trouble removing decals from your truck, try using heat, which melts the glue holding the sticker in place and makes it easier to scrape away. You must use caution, however, to avoid stripping the paint beneath the decal during the removal process. When done properly, you should have a decal-free truck in an hour or less, depending on how long the sticker has been in place.
Use a blow dryer to slowly heat one edge of the decal. Continue until the edge begins to peel away from the truck. Pull away as much of the decal as possible.
Repeat the process of heating the edges and peeling off the decal until the bulk of it is removed. Do not hold the blow dryer to one specific area for a long period of time, or the paint beneath could be damaged.
Spray adhesive remover onto the truck where the decal was attached to break up any residue that was left behind. Use a plastic kitchen spatula to scrape away the remaining adhesive.
Wash the area of the truck where the decal was removed with warm soapy water to clean away any remaining debris. Wipe dry with a clean towel.
Take the truck to a professional automotive detailer to repair any paint damage caused by the decal. Alternatively, wax and polish the car to draw attention away from the damaged area, if necessary.
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- "Lauren Fix's Guide to Loving Your Car: Everything You Need to Know to Take Charge of Your Car and Get On with Your Life;" Lauren Fix; 2008
- If a blow dryer is not a viable option, leave the truck outside in the sun during hot weather to loosen the hold of the adhesive.
- You can purchase adhesive remover at retail home improvement stores.
Things You'll Need
- Blow dryer
- Adhesive remover
- Plastic spatula
- Soapy water
- Clean towel
- Never attempt to remove decals from a truck using a sharp object such as a razor or metal spatula. These tools will almost certainly damage the paint, while plastic tools can usually be used without causing damage.
Willow Sidhe is a freelance writer living in the beautiful Hot Springs, AR. She is a certified aromatherapist with a background in herbalism. She has extensive experience gardening, with a specialty in indoor plants and herbs. Sidhe's work has been published on numerous Web sites, including Gardenguides.com.