How to Remove Window Decals

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There are two types of window decals which in turn require different methods of removal. Plastic window decals can be easily removed with a finger nail or butter knife by lifting the edge of the decal and pulling it off the window. Window decals that have been attached with an adhesive will require more effort for removal.

Things You'll Need

  • razor blade
  • rubbing alcohol
  • Use a razor blade scraper, available at Lowe's or Home Depot (or other home improvement store) and gently slide the edge of the razor blade under the window decal. If the window decal does not easily lift, create more force with the blade until the decal begins to come off the window.

  • Lift each edge of the window decal until it is able to be lifted by pulling. If this does not work, use the razor scraper to lift the entire decal off the window.

  • There will be a sticky film left after the window decal is completely removed. Use a cotton ball and rubbing alcohol to soak the sticky film. It should begin coming off if the alcohol soaked cotton ball is rubbed constantly on the film in a circular motion. If not, use a razor blade to remove the excess film then clean with rubbing alcohol.

Tips & Warnings

  • If the film has formed into small clumped together areas that are not coming off the window with rubbing alcohol, use an ice cube to harden the film residue and then use a razor blade or razor scraper to remove the film.
  • Keep the razor scraper or razor blade at an angle to make sure the blade does not scratch the window.

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