How to Remove Vinyl Graphics From Clothing

Over time a vinyl decal may start to peel or detach itself from the fabric of a T-shirt. Once it reaches the point of looking tacky, it is time to save the shirt and remove the decal. Removal is simple, however, depending on the length of time the decal has been affixed to the shirt, it may take more than one attempt to peel it away. Gather your shirt and supplies, which can be found around your home, to remove the vinyl decal and give your shirt new life.

Remove an unwanted vinyl decal from your clothing.

Things You'll Need

  • Rubbing alcohol

  • Cotton ball or clean cloth

  • Blunt knife

  • Cardboard

  • Parchment paper

  • Iron

Rubbing Alcohol Method

Step 1

Turn the shirt inside out.

Step 2

Soak a cotton ball or clean cloth with rubbing alcohol.

Step 3

Apply the cotton ball or cloth to the backside of the decal. Leave the alcohol on the back of the shirt for 15 seconds, or until it saturates through to the backside of the vinyl.

Step 4

Turn the shirt over and use a blunt knife to pry the decal up. Repeat the process until the entire decal is removed.

Parchment Paper Method

Step 1

Saturate the decal with cool water.

Step 2

Place a piece of cardboard between the front and back of the shirt.

Step 3

Measure a piece of parchment paper so it fits over the decal. The shiny side of the parchment paper will face towards the decal and the dull side will face upward.

Step 4

Heat the iron to a temperature setting of six or seven. Move the iron over the decal in 10 second intervals.

Step 5

Pull the parchment paper upwards. The decal will be attached. Repeat the process if necessary until the entire decal is removed.


Use both methods to remove the decal. Do not place the iron directly onto the vinyl decal; this may cause the vinyl to melt onto the iron.