How can I remove decals from my car without ruining the paint?

I just bought a used car and the bumper has a few decals on it that I’d like to remove. Typically, I wouldn’t mind, but it seems the previous owner and I disagree on which football team is best and I can’t be caught in my hometown with a rival’s bumper sticker. How can I remove these decals without ruining the paint?

Congrats on the new car, but we definitely need to kick your rival’s presence out of town. Don’t worry; it’s fairly easy to remove decals!
To remove the decals properly you will need:
  • Soap that is safe for the car
  • A hair dryer (or some hot water if you do not own a blow dryer)
  • A glue removal product or vinegar
  • Car wax
Once you gather your supplies, do the following to remove the decal:
  • First, clean the area with soapy water.
  • Then, heat the area using a blow dryer or by pouring hot water over the decal. If you use hot water, you will likely need to do a few rounds of pouring the hot water over the decal.
  • Next, peel the decal off. If heated enough, the decal should start coming right off, but you may want to use a plastic card (like an old rewards card) to help you peel it off. Avoid using anything metal or you may scratch the car’s paint.
  • Finally, use glue removal or vinegar to remove any residual glue left behind and apply a fresh coat of wax to protect the paint.
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Jack Walsh
Answered on Oct 22, 2021

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