How to remove old vinyl signage

July 15, 2016

How to remove old vinyl from your vehicle

When it comes to any type of vehicle signage, most companies pride themselves on their “superior quality”, quick turnaround time, and on being more cost effective than their competitors. But let’s face it: no one ever mentions — or prides themselves — on being able to remove the signage from your vehicle.

At some point in your life, you’re going to want to remove the old vinyl wrap that’s currently on your car. Well, welcome to your toolbox! Here are all the tools, tips and techniques you’ll need to remove that ol’ signage!

1, 2, 3, Pull!

The most obvious method for removing vinyl graphics from your vehicle, is to pull the vinyl off. This is, of course, easier said than done. So there are a few tools that signage companies use that help get under the corner of the graphic without damaging the finish of your car. Called “plastic razor blades” and “Li’l Chizlers”, both tools are thin plastic hand tools that allow the user to lift the corners of the vinyl to remove the graphic from your car.

Tip: The newer or more pliable the vinyl is, the easier it is to remove in large sections. Older wraps or vinyl become baked onto the car, making it harder and more brittle when removing. To combat this, use a heat gun, as it softens the adhesive underneath the vinyl. This reduces the possibility of the wrap to crack and break into smaller pieces.

Grime Removers

Most methods of applying vinyl graphics to your car require adhesive. So it stands to reason that, when you remove the vinyl from your car, there will be adhesive residue that is left behind. If you’re not using a signage company to remove your graphic for you, there are some products that you can use to help you get rid of the “Grime” on your car.

Orange Peel Citrus Based Cleaner

Orange Peel Citrus Based Cleaner, so named because it’s a citrus based remover that smells like oranges. It’s biodegradable, environmentally friendly and, of course, non-toxic.  When using this product, it’s advisable to do so in a well-ventilated area. You can apply the product onto a cloth or paper towel and rub the side of the vehicle until clean.

Rapid Remover

This is a popular choice for most signage companies because of the “rapid” part. Spray the product directly onto the car and allow for a minute or two to pass as the product works its magic by penetrating into the adhesive and breaking it down. Remove the residue with the hand tools mentioned above or a cloth. It’s water soluble, meaning a simple rinse-off can also aid in a clean surface for your car.

There are, of course, many other ways to remove signage from your personal or professional vehicle. Whether it’s because you want to replace the old signage with the new, or if it’s because you no longer want signage on your car, we at Signing Power want to help you!