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sdbryant 03-26-2010 11:32 AM

Any Ideas On Removing Decals
Hi everyone. Been here quite a while but just recently joined. I was wondering if anyone has any ideas on how to remove the decals on our Jeeps? I have a 98 Sport and I want to strip all the decals from the exterior (Sport, 4.0L, etc.). I tried using the trick I did on my Harley which was using a blow dryer and slowly peeling but that was a real bad idea, now my decals are ripped. Anyway, any good advice would be appreciated. Thanks!

InfernoGirl 03-26-2010 11:54 AM

Sun, goo gone, time, patience and a bondo scraper or credit card. Heat gun if you are very careful, but I wouldn't do it that way....

Kate 03-26-2010 11:58 AM

Yes, I can tell you exactly how to do it.
Wash it first, get any dust or grit away from the area so you don't scuff the paint while fiddling around in the area.

To begin with, you have the right idea, heat helps. Cold weather makes it a lot harder.

A blow dryer on high heat will work but a heat gun will work better. Use the low setting and keep a safe distance so as not to blister the paint. Warm up the decal and keep the heat pointing in the direction you are going to peel it off. Essentially, pointed AWAY from your fingers.

If you get it too hot, the decal will stretch from being nearly melted, If it's not hot enough, it will start to lift then snap off leaving you to find the edge again. You want to keep it warm all over while you're working on it.

Once it's warm you can use a PLASTIC or NYLON putty knife to lift the edge (so you can get ahold of it) . Plastic shouldn't scratch your paint but look for sharp corners on it first though just to be safe.

Once you get it off use some good old fashioned lighter fluid and a terry cloth towel to remove any sticky residue. They sell stuff for this purpose, but it costs a lot more and doesn't work any better than this.

Once the sticky stuff is all gone, then use a cleaner wax (Meguiars is great) and give it a good rub or even better buff it to bring the rest of the panel up to the same sheen as the area where the sticker was..

A coat of wax to finish the job and you're all set.

Schmo 03-26-2010 12:01 PM

Sounds like the ladies have you covered.

Anybody remember GLOW . . . Gorgeous Ladies Of Wrestling . . . perhaps WF has it's own GLOW . . . Gorgeous Ladies Owning Wranglers!

IslandTJ 03-26-2010 12:13 PM

Rocks, branches, stumps and tree trunks have indirectly worked for me ;); but sometimes they also remove the paint in the process.

sdbryant 03-26-2010 12:16 PM


Originally Posted by Schmo (Post 582654)
Sounds like the ladies have you covered.

Anybody remember GLOW . . . Gorgeous Ladies Of Wrestling . . . perhaps WF has it's own GLOW . . . Gorgeous Ladies Owning Wranglers!

Thanks "GLOW" ladies for the input. Ill give it a shot again tonight when I get home, got real frustrated with it and said nuffs nuff. Me thinks you got the right idea with the heat gun.

birdhunter 03-26-2010 12:48 PM

I did mine in summer in the sun around 70-75
used a razor blade to start and just pull up and
forward real slow,mine came up in long strips
most of the glue stayed on stickers but some
need to be removed, I used cig lighter fulid

If you use a heat gun try just to loosen the glue
or it will get very messy
you want the glue to stay on sticker
It make it much easyer

nmdriver 03-26-2010 12:56 PM

:)I used a blow dryer on my pontiac g8 when I bought it last year and applied heat and pulled from the corner. Worked great. Just go nice and easy. :)

Snax24 03-26-2010 01:05 PM

Go to an auto body supply store and get a decal remover. Basically it's a rubber eraser drill bit. The friction it creates takes the decal right off. Pretty cheap and quick. But as always, take ur time and be careful not to leave it on 1 spot too long.

sdbryant 03-26-2010 01:19 PM

Thanks everyone for the great ideas! Im looking forward to getting rid of my decals, I have a black wrangler and all the decals are this fugly baby blue (strange color combinations).

Kate 03-26-2010 01:37 PM

Take pics as you remove them and do a write up ;)

Jerry Bransford 03-26-2010 01:45 PM

I used nothing more than my wife's hair dryer & a plastic credit card to remove my TJ's stickers. I didn't want to use my heat gun on them due to the possibility of damaging the paint. Her hair dryer got them more than hot enough to easily lift right off. :)

Blake1775 03-26-2010 01:51 PM

Do not put lighter fluid on your paint...... They sell decal remover you spray it on and peel off decal. If that doesnt work look for an "Eraser". It is a attatchment you put on the end of a drill and it literally is an eraser. It will not harm your paint and leaves no residue.

Jerry Bransford 03-26-2010 02:01 PM

The lettering used on our Jeeps is not a decal, it's a vinyl stick-on. They peel off easily, no need to use a spinning eraser that is the right tool for a decal. Once warmed up, they peel right off. I've even removed the individual vinyl letters intact with just my fingernails. :)

BLACKTOOTHGRIN 03-26-2010 02:56 PM

If you get a corner up, you might also try some bug and tar remover.
I've used that stuff several times and it seems to tear right through every sticky substance I've come across.
Road tar...tree sap..ect.
It's supposed to be safe for your clear coat as well.
Just use caution.

motokeen 03-26-2010 03:03 PM

I agree with the heat gun. If one doesn't come off all the way soak it with amonia and it should loosen it enough to remove with a platic putty knife. Maybe even a rag.

sdbryant 03-26-2010 03:16 PM

Thanks everyone, yall are great! Ill let everyone know which way I go.

Kate 03-26-2010 05:12 PM

What Blacktoothgrin said is a good suggestion. If you can get an upper edge started and just drizzle lighter fluid onto the adhesive a drop at a time while pulling, it will dissolve the adhesive too. I've done that a jillion times. You just have to keep the adhesive wet and apply slow but steady pressure.

Now, get to work and make it snappy

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