How to Remove a Car Dealership Decal

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Car dealerships place all sorts of decal ads on their vehicles. The dealer doesn’t always remove the decal when you make a purchase, leaving you to do the job. Without the right technique, trying to remove the car dealership decal can be a pain. We’ll show you the right way to remove a dealership decal.

Preparation

Wash the decal and the surrounding area. This doesn’t require any fancy techniques or cleaning solutions. A simple mix of water and soap will do; this step doesn’t require an entire wash and wax. This process eliminates particulates that can damage the paint as you remove the decal and adhesive.

Decal Removal

You will need a heat source to soften the adhesive behind the decal. A sunny day may suffice; otherwise, just aim a hair dryer at the sticker. 

Next, slowly peel away the decal. If the adhesive is still too sticky, use a tool, such as a spatula, credit card, or even a string of floss. If the sticker still isn’t coming off, then consider using an adhesive remover.

Keep in mind that some decals may be more difficult to remove. Those consisting of a single large shape, such as that of a bumper sticker, should be no problem. However, others, like those in shape of numbers, may be trickier.

Removing the Adhesive

Once you remove the decal, you still need to remove the adhesive residue. Leaving the glue in place attracts dirt or debris. Plus, the residue is often visible up close, making it an eyesore. Again, we recommend using some sort of adhesive remover. Just follow the instructions on the label.

We Remove Car Dealership Decals

Our vehicle restoration includes removal of old decals and adhesives. We can do this as part of a vehicle detailing. We especially recommend bringing your car to Henry’s Auto Detail after you purchase a pre-owned car. We can remove car dealership decals and make the exterior appear brand new.

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