How to Remove Decals From a Door


Decals on a door, whether something placed there by a family member or the manufacturer (manufacturers often place decals on a door to provide instructions or warnings about the product) are rarely intended or desired to be permanent. This doesn't mean they always come off easily, however. Much depends on the general stickiness of the adhesive and how well it bonds with the door material--wood, vinyl or steel. If you take extra time to remove these correctly, you'll be less likely to damage the door while doing so.

Things You'll Need

  • WD-40
  • Blunt blade/scraper
  • Cloths
  • Soap
  • Spray the decal with WD-40, saturating it. After a minute has passed, for the WD-40 to work on dissolving the adhesive, gently push a blunt blade or scraper against an edge of the decal.

  • Work the blade beneath the decal to lift it from the door surface. You can spray more WD-40 on it if it is difficult to remove. Take your time doing this so you don't mar the door with the blade or scraper.

  • Dampen a cloth in warm water. Add a drop of dish soap or hand soap and rub this over the area to remove and decal, adhesive or WD-40 that remains on the door.

  • Dampen another cloth in plain water--do not add soap--and use this to rinse off the area. Use a dry cloth to dry the door.

Tips & Warnings

  • According to the WD-40 website,, this product will not damage paint--it should be safe to use even on painted door surfaces (provided you do not scratch the paint when using a scraper to remove the decal).
  • If you do not have WD-40 on hand, try either baby oil or soap and warm water for loosening decals. Soak a paper towel in either the oil or soap water and rub over the decal, saturating it. When the decal has softened, gently remove it with the scraper. These are both effective methods, although these will take longer than if you use WD-40.
  • WD-40 is a flammable substance--do not use this around open flames.

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