When detailing a car exterior, remove decals by using a solvent-based cleaner to break down the adhesives. Remove decals with tips from the owner of a car detail shop in this free video on exterior car details.
Hi, it's Dow here at the detail shop at the Firehouse Car Wash and Detail Center. Today, we're dix; we're talking about detailing the exterior of a car. Now, as we go through a car, a lot of times a customer of ours will ask us to remove a decal. Maybe it's a political candidate that didn't win, or they won and it's just an old sticker. Maybe it's a new car, and they don't want to talk, they don't want to promote what the previous owner had. Regardless of what the purpose, the easiest way to do it, wow it's loud back here, is is regardless if it's on the paint, it's not a razor blade. Now, razor blades can do a good job in removing paint, or removing decals off glass. Of course, we can do that carefully, and use caution not to scratch the glass. Decals that are on paint however, require a little more love and caution and attention. I like to use a solvent based cleaner, because it goes back and it it breaks down the adhesives on the on the sticker. So we can just get to the edge of it, apply a little bit of the solvent, and let it seep down. If we can loosen a corner and continue to get solvent behind it, we can peel it off. I've also seen, and used here in our shop a heat gun. We'll get a small heat gun. We can warm the decal up, and that'll also loosen it, where we can start peeling the decal off. And finally, for a professional shop, we have a an eraser wheel that spins into high speed and removes decals, so there's many ways to do it. The simplest way to do it at home, again, is to get a solvent-based product and just let it work on the adhesive behind. Get a corner off, and just continue to work cautiously and carefully until you get that decal off the, off the vehicle.