Decals on cars can age poorly, attracting dirt and getting torn and brittle. When you want to remove decals from a painted car surface, naturally you want to do so in a way that doesn't damage the paint. Methods such as scraping with a razor blade, for example, may remove the decal, but could also leave small scratches or visible scuffing on the car. There is a much easier and safer way to remove decals.
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Things you need
- Water-displacing spray
- Rubber spatula
Put out cigarettes or other sources of open flame nearby--the product you are about to use is flammable. Spray a water-displacing spray, such as WD-40, on the decal, covering it entirely--including around the edges of the sticker. The spray helps loosen and dissolve adhesives without harming paint.
Allow the water-displacing spray to sit on the decal for a few moments. Reader's Digest recommends waiting 30 seconds.
Use a rubber spatula to rub off the decal. In many cases, it will come off immediately. If not, don't force it. Spray it again, and wait another 30 seconds.
Wet a clean cloth in warm water. Use this to wipe the spray residue from the car.
Tips and warnings
- Water-displacing spray such as WD-40 is sold in many grocery stores (in the household supplies areas), hardware stores, and home improvement stores.
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