How do you remove car decals without damaging the paint?

What’s the best way to remove decals from my car without ruining the paint job? I just bought my sister’s car, and she stuck a ton of stickers on it that I don’t like.

Stickers are great when you like them and very frustrating when you don’t. Luckily, you can follow these steps to remove car decals without damaging your paint:
  • First, clean the area with soap and water to remove any debris on the decal or the area around it.
  • If the sticker isn’t peeling up, heat the area with a hairdryer for about two minutes. You can also pour boiling water on the area for the same effect.
  • At this point, you should be able to peel up the decal. If it’s still difficult to remove, use a plastic card to help pry it off.
  • To remove the adhesive residue, rub it off with a microfiber cloth and a glue removal product like Goo Gone or distilled white vinegar.
  • Once you’ve removed the last of the adhesive, make sure to wash and wax the area to protect your paint!
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Liz Jenson
Answered on Nov 12, 2021

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