Stickers are often handed out at events and special occasions. They’re bought to show support for beliefs, political campaigns and favorite sports teams. Car stickers are sometimes required to park at schools or for access into a neighborhood. After a while, beliefs change, campaigns end and sports teams keep losing. Eventually, graduation comes and moving boxes get packed, and it’s time to remove that sticker.
It would be nice if removing a car sticker was as easy as putting on one on your used car, but it’s a little more work than that. Stickers get baked on by years of sun and start to disintegrate. These should be removed because they could be harmful to your paint. We don’t suggest putting a car sticker on your Orlando Toyota, but if you have, our Orlando auto body shop specialists have a step-by-step guide to help with car sticker removal!
Toyota of Clermont wants to help you get those stickers off!
Before you start, you’ll need a few supplies!
- Hair dryer (with hot air settings)
- Razor blade (if sticker is on glass)
- Plastic card
- Glass cleaner
- Tree sap remover
- Small, clean towel
Step #1 – Clean the area around the sticker! We suggest starting this process right after a quality car wash from our Toyota Service Center in Orlando! There is less chance of scratching the paint if the used car is clean.
Step #2 – Use the hair dryer to heat up the sticker on your Orlando used car! Keep the hair dryer about four to five inches above the center of the sticker. Keep it over the center for several minutes, and then begin to heat up the edges. Getting the edges warmed up will help immensely with the next step!
Step #3–Using the razor blade (for glass) or the plastic card for stickers on the paint, get under the edge of the car sticker at angle. If you need to, get the corners pulled up just a little bit using your fingers. Do not use the razor blade unless you are removing it from glass because it will damage the paint!
Car stickers are fun, but bad for your used car!
Step #4– Slowly move the razor blade or plastic card under the sticker towards the center. Wiggle it back and forth a little to ensure you are pulling it all up. Continue moving to the other end of the sticker until it separates from the paint or window!
Step #5– Repeat steps two through four until the entire sticker is removed. For extra sticky residue left behind, use a small amount of tree sap remover on a clean towel and gently scrub it off of your used car.
Step #6– After you have removed the decal and cleaned your Orlando Toyota of any remaining residue, use glass cleaner to get a nice, clean shine on the spot where the decal used to be!
If you’re ready to get that used car washed or want our friendly Toyota Collision Center to help you remove a pesky sticker, come visit us! We’re located at 16851 State Rd. 50, between the Florida Turnpike and Highway 27!