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Old 06-11-2012, 11:43 AM   #1
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Decal/Sticker Removal Write-Up

I have seen various threads started requesting info on Decal/Sticker removal. Figured I would do a write-up on my removal experience to help anyone else out who might have questions.

I didn't see a write up on this already, but if there is one, I apologize.

What you'll need:

Microfiber cloth
Your fingernail
Gas, Goo Gone, or some other type of adhesive remover
Soap & Water
Sponge or whatever you wash your Jeep with
Wax or a Polish Spray
Towel/Chamois
About 5 minutes of your time

Now, I have read and heard other people talking about using a heat gun or a blow dryer or leaving their Jeep out in the sun for a while to make the decal more pliable and easier to come off. When I did this yesterday morning, it was 57 degrees out and the Jeep was in the garage, no outside heat source was needed. I would agree that it would probably be a good idea for older decals, but if it has been on for less than a year, you should be fine.

Here is what i did (sorry no pictures) this was for the "Sport" sticker btw.


1. Started on the top left corner of the decal, using only my thumbnail, and gently picked at it until the triangle was large enough for me to pinch and pull with my index finger and thumb.

2. Once you get it to the point where you are able to pull at it, start off gently and pull at a slight downward angle until you get it to the point where you can just pull left to right. Keep slow, even pressure to help prevent tearing and decrease the amount of residue left behind.

3. Once the decal is off, take the microfiber cloth and add a little bit of whatever you are using for adhesive remover, I was out of Goo Gone, so I just used plain old regular Gasoline . I added about a quarter sized amount of gas, and gently rubbed the residue, it basically came off the second the gas touched it. Make sure you get it all, otherwise dirt will stick to it and if you try to take it off then you will risk rubbing the dirt in, scratching the paint. Pay close attention to where the edge of the decal used to be.

4. Spray down the area you just used your adhesive remover on with some water, and wash it with some soap and your sponge

5. Dry it off and apply some wax or polish and repeat on the other side.


From start to finish it took me probably about 5 min or less for both sides, you wouldn't even know the decal was there.

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Old 06-11-2012, 01:43 PM   #2
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Thanks for the write up. Are you going to put any new decals in their place?

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WD40 is another great adhesive remover. For the 30 sec removal these work beautifully:



Eastwood carries them:

Vinyl Eraser And Arbor

Used this on my '97 Dakota when it was a month old on the door and tailgate stickers.
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Thanks for the write up. Are you going to put any new decals in their place?
Yes, I have the black "JK" that I ordered from Project-JK. Only reason I removed the "Sport" is because I thought the "JK" looked funny sitting as high as it was. I like it right above the "Wrangler".

I will post pic's after I put them on. I will be putting some on the side of the hood as well.
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WD40 is another great adhesive remover. For the 30 sec removal these work beautifully:



Eastwood carries them:

Vinyl Eraser And Arbor

Used this on my '97 Dakota when it was a month old on the door and tailgate stickers.
Yup, so many applications for items that are extremely common around the garage.
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Thanks for the write up. Are you going to put any new decals in their place?

Oh, and thank you!

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