How to Remove Vinyl Lettering From a Wall


Pre-cut and available in a variety of styles and colors, vinyl lettering lets you spell out a quote, a series of numbers or another message on a wall or other surface. The letters, available at hardware, home improvement and retail superstores, contain paste that adheres to plaster, sheetrock, paneling and other types of wallboard. Vinyl lettering is also removable if you decide to change the message or you want to remove it entirely and paint or wallpaper the wall.

Things You'll Need

  • Plastic putty knife
  • Tweezers
  • Hair dryer
  • Isopropyl alcohol
  • 2 soft cloths or rags
  • Lift one corner of the vinyl lettering you want to remove, using a plastic putty knife.

  • Peel the vinyl lettering slowly in a downward motion from the wall, using tweezers or your fingernails. The downward motion helps keep the lettering from pulling off your wall's finish.

  • Heat any stubborn lettering with a hair dryer to break up the adhesive behind the vinyl.

  • Apply 3 tbsp. of isopropyl alcohol to a soft cloth or rag. Blot any adhesive residue left on the wall with the alcohol-soaked cloth or rag. Do not wipe--wiping will smear the adhesive.

  • Dry the wall with a clean cloth or rag.

Tips & Warnings

  • Wear latex gloves to keep oils on your hands from getting on the wall.

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