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How to remove vinyl letters from clothing

Updated April 17, 2017

Vinyl letters are used for everything from sailboats and cars to signs and T-shirts. While they may seem permanent, they are not difficult to remove from your clothes. Sometimes you get a great T-shirt in a colour you love, but there's a business logo on the back that you just don't want. Removing the vinyl lettering is time-consuming, but not complicated.

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Wash and dry the garment according to the care instructions.

Using a heat gun or hairdryer on high, heat the letters for a few minutes. The letters will become hot to the touch

Lift up the edge of the first letter and begin peeling it back. If you can't get a fingernail under the letter, use a razor blade to lift up the edge.

Continue peeling the letters like this, slowly, and heating with the hairdryer or heat gun the entire time. Old letters may crack and break more than new letters. You must be patient

Soak any leftover glue in rubbing alcohol and scrub it off with a clean, dry, towel.

Wash the garment one more time and wear it, logo free.

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Things You'll Need

  • Heat gun, hairdryer
  • Razor blade
  • Rubbing alcohol
  • Towel

About the Author

Gwendolen Akard started writing professionally in 2004 for her high-school newspaper and hasn't stopped since. She began writing for various websites in 2008, focusing on fitness and music. Akard is pursuing bachelor's degrees in philosophy and music at Tufts University.

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