How To Remove Truck Window Decals

How To Remove Truck Window Decals

Vinyl decals can be a great way to add a personal touch to a truck, but there will come a time when you may need to remove them.

If you’re selling your truck for instance, it might be a good idea to remove any customization from the vehicle – including vinyl decals. After all, customization is an extremely personal touch, and what might look great to you may put off a potential buyer (hey, there’s no accounting for taste, right?).  We can install some window decals for you, but it’s cheaper for you to get rid of them on your own.

Window decals also have a somewhat limited lifespan, usually around 6 years on average before they begin to noticeably fade or peel. At that stage it may be time to remove or replace a favorite decal.

Luckily, removing any decals from your truck window is a remarkably straightforward process, the simplest of which is the scraping method, which is particularly suited to removing small decals.

For this you will require a foaming glass cleaner, clean rags/cloths and paper towels, a heat gun if you have it (a hairdryer is an excellent substitute), a residue remover and lastly and, given the name of this method most importantly, something to scrape the old decal off – a razor blade or similar will be perfect for this task.

Once you’ve assembled these materials, give the decal a good spray with the foaming glass cleaner. Next, holding it at a 30-degree angle, carefully scrape your blade under one corner of the decal and lift gently.

(The glass cleaner here is used to act as a lubricating agent between razor blade and glass surface, however it still pays to be extremely careful here to avoid scratching your glass).

Once you’ve lifted one corner, use your fingers to gently peel the decal off the glass, moving it from one corner toward the next.

If the decal is especially old, it might not be possible to peel it off in one go. If this is the case, use the heat gun or hairdryer to gently heat the decal before you try to peel anymore. The heat will help, trust me!

Finally, use the residue remover and the razor blade to scrape away any sticky remnants of adhesive.

And there you have it, one clean, decal free window with hardly any materials or tools required and just a little patience!