How To Remove A Car Wrap
Gathering your tools and supplies
Heat GunA 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.
SqueegeeA 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.
Plastic Razor BladeA 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 ScraperA 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 AccessAccess 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 RemoverAdhesive 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!
Prepare Your Vehicle
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- Once most of the wrap has been removed, any present adhesive can be cleaned using soap and water.
Store your vehicle
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
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.
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.
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.