How To Remove A Car Wrap From Your Car

Car wraps are a great way to protect and enhance the appearance of your vehicle. However, there may come a time when you need to remove the wrap, whether due to wear and tear, a change in design, or the end of a marketing campaign. Removing a car wrap can be daunting, but you can do it safely and efficiently with the right tools and techniques. Metro Restyling offers premium vinyl wraps that last long and can be easily removed.

Gathering your tools and supplies

Before removing your car wrap, you must gather the necessary tools and supplies. Here is a list of the items you will need:

Heat Gun

A heat gun is essential for removing a car wrap. The heat gun softens the adhesive, making it easier to remove the vinyl. Be sure to use a heat gun with adjustable temperature settings to avoid damaging the paint on your vehicle. 

Metro Restyling recommends the Wagner Furno 500 heat gun. The Wagner Furno 500 heat gun is portable, simple, and incorporates temperature and airflow controls. It is adaptable for many vinyl wrap applications because it features a pleasant grip and a variety of nozzles.

Wagner Furno 500 Heat Gun


A squeegee applies pressure and removes air bubbles while installing a car wrap. However, it can also be used during removal to aid in separating the vinyl from the surface. Metro Restyling offers the 

High-Quality Felt Edge Squeegee

, an excellent choice for vinyl wrap professionals and beginners. It is durable, versatile, and easy to use, and the felt edge ensures the vinyl is not scratched or damaged during application.

Metro High Quality Squeegee

Plastic Razor Blade

A razor blade helps cut the vinyl into manageable pieces for easier removal. Be sure to use a new blade to avoid scratching the paint on your vehicle.

Plastic Scraper

A plastic scraper or putty knife removes any leftover adhesive residue from your vehicle. Use a plastic scraper to avoid damaging your vehicle's paint.

Soap and Water Access

Access to soap and water helps clean the vehicle's surface after removal.

Heavy Duty Paper Towels

Heavy-duty paper towels help wipe away any excess adhesive residue or dirt left behind during removal.

Adhesive Residue Remover

Adhesive residue remover is a chemical solution that helps to dissolve any leftover adhesive residue, if any. Be sure to choose a safe remover for your vehicle's paint.

Get the Rapid Remover from Metro Restyling! The Rapid Remover removes most adhesives in 30 to 60 seconds, safe "water-soluble" formula. Scoop off adhesive in 60 seconds, like shoveling snow!

Rapid Remover 1 gallon

Prepare Your Vehicle

Before you begin removing the car wrap, it is essential to prepare your vehicle. Start by parking your vehicle in a sunny area. This will aid in the removal process as you use the sun as a heat source. Be careful when handling the vinyl, as it can become too hot to handle. If the weather is cold, warm up your vehicle to make the vinyl more flexible. Cold makes vinyl brittle, and it may come off the surface in smaller pieces which can become painstakingly difficult.

The Steps:

  1. Removing a car wrap can be challenging; therefore, it's crucial to accomplish it under the proper circumstances. Avoid removing your car wrap when it's cold outside or in unpleasant weather. Working on your car wrap in bad weather can complicate removal and harm your surface.
  2. Use a heat gun to remove the adhesive. The wrap will be simpler to remove as a result. Hold the heat gun about six inches away from the surface of the vinyl and move it in a circular motion. Be careful not to overheat the vinyl, as this can cause it to melt and become more difficult to remove. Avoid overheating the vinyl because doing so could harm the paint underneath. Once heated, the vinyl should be simple to peel off. Use a plastic razor blade if you have difficulty getting the vinyl off. Make sure not to scratch the paint underneath.
  3. Begin by lifting the wrap up towards you, away from the vehicle from one corner. Removing the vinyl by pulling it over itself is not recommended, as this may cause adhesive residue to be left behind. Use a plastic scraper to help lift the vinyl if the glue is still tacky.
  4. Once most of the wrap has been removed, any present adhesive can be cleaned using soap and water.

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Store your vehicle

After removing your car wrap, storing your vehicle in a dry, cool, and covered area is essential. Ideally, you should keep it indoors in a garage, shed, or carport. This will help protect it from environmental elements like rain, snow, and sunlight, which can cause fading and damage to your car's paint.

If storing your car indoors isn't an option, consider using a car cover to protect it from the elements. Ensure the cover is breathable to avoid trapping moisture, which can lead to mold and mildew growth.

Use Metro Restyling For All Your Vinyl Needs

Removing a car wrap may seem daunting, but it can be done successfully with the right tools, techniques, and patience. Take your time, use heat to loosen the vinyl, and work in small sections. Also, be prepared to clean up any adhesive residue and wash your car thoroughly after removing the wrap.
If you are looking for a professional to install or remove a car wrap, WrapLocal is an excellent resource for finding local wrap installers near you. WrapLocal connects vehicle owners with certified and experienced installers who are experts in wrapping cars, trucks, and other vehicles.
With these tips and tricks, you can safely and effectively remove a car wrap from your vehicle and prepare it for a fresh look.


Q: Do I need to remove the wrap to change the design?
A: It is recommended to remove the old wrap; however, if it was correctly installed, we have seen many customers wrap over their existing wrap.

Q: Can I reuse the vinyl wrap after removing it?
A: No, it will lose its adhesive once the wrap is removed. During removal, the vinyl will over-stretch and rip, making it unusable.

Q: Can I use a hair dryer instead of a heat gun?
A: While a hair dryer can generate heat, it may not be hot enough to loosen the vinyl effectively. A heat gun is recommended for this job; however, you can make it work if it's all you have.

Q: How often should I wash and wax my car wrap?
A: It's recommended to wash your car wrap whenever it is dirty or has water spots, using mild soap and water. You should also apply a protective detailer to the wrap every few weeks to help maintain its color and protect it from the elements. Metro Restyling recommends Mfinity Preserve Waterless Nano Ceramic Detail Wash Spray This preserve spray is designed to be used on both ceramic-coated and non-ceramic-coated surfaces, this revolutionary finish provides long-lasting protection and a stunning, glossy finish.
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