How to Reuse Vinyl Letters on a Sign

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How to Reuse Vinyl Letters on a Sign
Vinyl lettering is an affordable form of signage. (sign. welcome sign image by L. Shat from

Vinyl letters make for efficient signage because the vinyl material can easily be applied to surfaces such as wood, paper, cardboard, poster board, fiberboard, glass and wallpaper. Many businesses use vinyl lettering because they are a relatively cheap form of signage and they can be reused if they are carefully removed without damage. Removing the vinyl letters for reuse takes a little know-how to get the job done.

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Things you need

  • Liquid vinyl remover
  • Hair dryer
  • Nonammonia-based cleaner
  • Masking tape
  • Low-tack adhesive

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    Apply a liquid vinyl remover product to remove the vinyl lettering while still preserving the material. Some hardware stores may carry this type of product and it is great for easily removing letters. Simply apply the substance to the vinyl lettering, wait for about a minute, and pull the lettering off the surface.

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    Aim your hair dryer on the edges of the vinyl letters and peel the lettering off if you don't have access to vinyl remover fluid.

  3. 3

    Clean the area where you want to reapply the letters with a wet rag and dry it with a cloth. Use a nonammonia-based cleaner and wait for the area to dry.

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    Position the letters on the surface and apply masking tape vertically to keep the letters in place.

  5. 5

    Apply pressure to the letters so that the original adhesive will keep them in place. If the letters haven't retained their adhesive stick, apply some low-tack adhesive.

  6. 6

    Remove the masking tape carefully.

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