Question: When placing decals on a football helmet visor, how do you remove the black decals that come on the visor?
Reply: If the sticker or decal that is on the visor is an easy-to-peel vinyl, it should come off easily, but if it is a standard adhesive, it may be difficult to remove.
In that case, you need to get a hair dryer and heat the sticker enough so that it is warm enough – but not hot – to the touch. Once that’s done, place a fingernail under one edge of the sticker and slowly peel it off. Hopefully, it won’t leave any adhesive behind.
If it leaves some adhesive behind, you can get “orange peel” glue removers from the hardware store or possibly a larger grocery store. Apply to a soft paper or fabric towel, then dab the glue until it softens, then rub it until it comes off. Clean off the remaining residue with a dry corner of the towel. This type of glue remover works well on most plastics I’ve used without tarnishing or darkening the plastic’s finish.
Question: I bought a large sticker to apply to the rear window of my car, and I was wondering if there is any product that could be applied to the rear window to make the sticker easier to remove, more protect the glass simultaneously?
Reply: Not to our knowledge. In reality, the sticker itself will protect your vehicle’s rear window quite well. And if you understand how the glue works, you won’t have to worry about removing the sticker.
Of course, now I am going to tell you how to easily remove window or bumper decals from your car. Well, sort of easy.
Most of the window decals of the variety of exterior applications will be printed on vinyl sticker material or polyester sticker material. The glue generally used is an acrylic adhesive which, over time, hardens and becomes more difficult to remove. If you are buying wholesale decals for resale, it may be a good idea to look into removable glue decal materials that are becoming popular for this reason.
But no worries. In your case, you have already purchased a large sticker for the rear window of your car and you are worried about damaging the glass, either during the application or removal of the sticker later. In either case, you don’t have to worry about the window.
When it comes time to remove the sticker from your car or truck, get a heat gun or hair dryer to warm up the sticker. If you are using a heat gun, the lowest heat setting should do the trick. If you are using a hair dryer, you will probably need to use the highest heat setting. With large stickers, you may need to heat a small section of the decal and work it one section at a time, especially if it has been on the platform for an extended period of time. Once you’ve heated up a small area (about 100 square inches), begin peeling the vinyl with a slow but steady pulling motion at about 45 degrees. When you get to the end of the heated window / vinyl, you will feel that it becomes more difficult to remove the vinyl. Stop and heat another section of vinyl / glass and repeat.
After the sticker is completely removed, you may find that there is some glue residue left on the glass. You will need a good “orange peel” oil glue remover, available at many hardware stores, to apply with a spray bottle or a soft towel or soft paper towel over the glue. Leave the glue remover for a few minutes to soften the glue. You may want to apply a second application of glue remover to the residual glue to further soften it, especially if the decals have been on your car for over a year.
Once you have softened the glue enough, you can take a towel soaked in glue remover and gently rub the areas where the glue remains. Once you can visually observe that the glue is gone, take a dry, soft towel and wipe the window again to remove the glue remover residue. If you need to apply graphics immediately, you can use isopropyl alcohol to neutralize the glue remover, or if the sticker was on a painted surface of your car or truck, hot soapy water may be better than alcohol, which could potentially tarnish your car’s finish. .