How to Remove Adhesive Window Signs


Adhesive signs are used for many different promotions, advertisements and decorations. These signs enable the window to become a useable decorative space. It is common to see businesses and homes displaying information or decorations through their windows with adhesive signs. However, when necessary, removing the signs can be done in several different ways.

Things You'll Need

  • Razor blade
  • Putty knife
  • Spray bottle
  • Vinegar
  • Sponge
  • WD-40
  • Adhesive remover
  • Soft cloth
  • Fill a spray bottle with a mixture of 50 percent water and 50 percent white vinegar. Spray the mixture onto the adhesive sign. Allow to sit for 10 minutes.

  • Find a loose corner of the adhesive and start to peel it off. If it comes off right away, then no other removal method is necessary. However, if it is stubborn, additional removal tips will help.

  • Pry the sign away from the window with putty knife or razor blade. If the adhesive still feels tightly bonded to the window, spray it with WD-40. Rub the WD-40 into the adhesive sign with a sponge. Allow to sit for 10 to 30 minutes.

  • Peel away the adhesive sign from the window. The WD-40 should weaken the adhesive enough to remove it from the window. Use the putty knife to scrape away difficult spots where the WD-40 did not reach.

  • Spray the sign with a commercial adhesive remover and allow to sit for 10 to 30 minutes, depending on the package directions. The adhesive sign will peel right off after applying the commercial adhesive remover.

  • Clean the window by spraying it with the vinegar and water solution and rubbing with a soft cloth. This will remove any remaining adhesive residue.

Tips & Warnings

  • Have patience when completing this task. Sometimes adhesive is very strongly bonded to a window, and may take a long time to remove. It is best to work in small sections, spraying each area several times with the removal products.
  • If the adhesive sign is very large, consider enlisting the help of another person to start on the other side of the sign. You can meet in the middle when finished.

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