Removing vinyl decals from a window is possible, but the work required depends on several factors. Knowing what you’re up against and how to preserve the decal is the key to reusing your decals.
Factors Affecting How Easy It Is to Remove Vinyl Decals
Removing vinyl decals is simple when you have all the right factors. Here’s what affects vinyl decal removal.
The higher the glass grade, the easier it is to remove vinyl decals. This doesn’t mean you can’t remove decals from lower-grade glass, but it might take a little more elbow grease and time. Decals on premium window glass usually peel right off, but lower grades may require a little more patience since vinyl adheres stronger to cheaper glass.
How Long the Decals Have Been on the Window
Every vinyl decal has an optimal time frame. It will be harder to remove if you are near the end of or passed the decal’s timeframe. But it should peel right off if you recently applied it or it’s only been a short while. Just be ready to be patient if they’ve been in place for a while.
The more sun exposure the decals have, the more they’ll adhere to the window. This could make removing the decals a little more time-consuming.
Vinyl Decal Removal Tips
To remove vinyl decals, start from the top edge. Don’t focus on one corner, but instead, on the entire top edge. Next, pull it down a couple of inches, moving slowly at a 180-degree angle. Don’t pull too fast or risk ripping the decal, but keep that 180-degree angle to break the adhesive’s bond.
If you can’t remove the decal, consider applying heat from a blow dryer, aiming it down beneath the top edge. You could also use soap and water in a spray bottle. Spray the decal liberally and wait 15 minutes for it to break the adhesive.
If the decal breaks, apply isopropyl alcohol and a razor to remove the remainder of the decal.
Removing vinyl decals from a window isn’t impossible, but it can take some time. If you want to reuse the decals, move slowly to prevent ripping. Once you’ve removed the decals, store them in a cool, dry place that’s free of dust and grime to keep the decal in good shape for reuse.