How To Remove Decals From Paint! – Chemical Guys


What’s up guys, we’re back here in the Detail
Garage with this 1965 Mustang. Now, if you’re been following us, we’ve already washed it,
and now we’re preparing to remove all the decals from the vehicle because our buddies
over at Craft Prep just got back from a cross-country road trip with the Goldrush Rally. Now, we
are going to remove these decals today and I am going to show you how to properly remove
it without causing any paint damage and also how to make your car look it’s best. We are
going to start by heating them up. You can use a hairdryer or a heat gun, but you just
have to control the temperature that you’re putting on the paint. Excessive heat, just
like polishing, can harm the finish, it will burn it, or it will create some sort of odd
effect. By controlling the temperature of the surface, it will make it easier for the
adhesive to let go of the vinyl.Then, we will peel it off and inspect it further. It’s probably
going to need to be clayed and polish too to really bring back the shine. As you can see, the
car has a beautiful deep black finish. This car is completely custom, one off from front
end to rear end. You can see that it’s got these matte finish accents, rack and pinion steering,
big break kit, full custom interior… it’s just a beautiful piece of machinery, full custom
built, and we want to make it look its best. So, without further ado, let’s jump right into
it. We have to get these decals off so we can really enhance the shine on this vehicle.
So, here we have a regular heat gun. You can use a regular blowdroyer like I mentioned,
or heat gun, just use it low heat. All you’re really doing is loosening the adhesive
on the decal and basically what you’re going to do is work it a circular motion or back
and forth obviously. What you’re trying to do is control the temperature of the surface of the vehicle. This way, it will evenly let go and you’re not sitting on one area creating a lot of heat. And now the time consuming process of letting the adhesive remove itself. One down, forty
more to go. You can see that by gently working the area, that’s made it so the vinyl is loose
and comes off very nicely. However, underneath here you can see a light stain or the residue
left behind from the adhesive. Even after using a wax or clay, there’s still going to
be a fine amount of this on there, so we are going to polish it to reveal that factory
finish and also to remove any kind of scratches that may be on the vehicle. You can see that
by heating it up, I don’ t have to pick at it or it doesn’t separate. It simply comes
off all in one piece. This is going to save us a lot of time and effort and it’s also
going to make this car look its best because now we don’t have to go over it with multiple
polishes to remove any fingernail scratches, but just to brighten up that finish. There’s
a lot of decals on this fender, so we are going to work our way around them. This is
a very tedious and time consuming process, but you have to be careful about what you’t
doing. Obviously, you’re working with a heat gun, so you have to control the surface of
the vehicle so you’re not harming the paint, but also take your time so you’re not rushing
through it and scratching it. So, we’re going to go through that and then we will move onto
the polishing steps. Now, we are using a Light Clay Bar. This is going to remove the high
spots, the bigger parts of the residue. You may have already seen that I used Butter Wet
Wax to loosen up and soften the excess glue. Now, we are just going to take care of the
remaining parts by polishing it and this is going to reveal that deep black shine. Now,
what a clay bar does, which we should be doing before any kind of polishing or coating, is it’s a very sticky substance and what this does cleanses the pores of your paint, just
like your skin, and it gives it a slick finish. It also makes it easier for coatings to stick,
but more importantly, when you’re going to polish your vehicle like we are, this is going
to prevent any kind of contamination, swirling, or marring of the paint because if you
pick it up in the polishing pad, you’re just going to spread it all over the vehicle, creating
tiny little scratches that are commonly referred to as pigtails or marring. To get the best
results, you want to clay it before you start. So, I’m using some clay bar and luber. Just
spray the surface and work back and forth. At first, it may sound a little rough or it
will kind of stick to the surface. That’s just the clay bar doing its job. As you pass
over it, it pulls the contaminants out of the pores paint, and then it will sound quieter
and go completely smooth, and that’s when you know it’s time to move on. Periodically,
you want to knead the patty so you’re creating a fresh side so it absorbs the contamination
so you’re not spreading it all over the vehicle. So, we just finished removing the decals that
were on this Mustang, and although it looks a lot better, it has a more traditional look,
there’s still that residue left behind. So, we need to polish it becuase there’s still
some fine scratches and that staining. So, We’re going to polish it to bring back that
natural shine. I know it looks like I was using my fingernail, but I was actually using
the tip of my finger, just using the ridges to pull back and peel off the decals. This
is to ensure that I’m not adding any fingernail scratches, which are a little bit deeper and
harder to polish out. As you can see, now we have a slick finish. It’s already been
clayed. I used a little bit of Butter Wet Wax to soften and loosen up the adhesives
on the paint, but again, there’s some residue so polishing is going to remove all of that.
We’ll start over here on the trunk where there’s just a flat panel to show you guys a before
and after. We already removed the decal on the trunk, and then we clayed it remove the
heavier, dirtier particles that were stuck in the pores. Then, we used Butter Wet Wax
to loosen up any of the remaining. Now, we need to polish because there’s still some
fine scratches and swirls because it’s a black car and that’s going to show any kind of swirls
or imperfections. Today, we are going to be using Slick Finish, which is a one step polish.
If you are not familiar with the term, one step means that it is a one step chemical.
It does not mean that you don’t have to wash it, clay it, all that kind of stuff. It means
that the polish is going to break itself down from compound to a hybrid polish so you don’t
have to do multiple steps. Now, we’re going to do that. That’s going to add a very fine
amount of wax, which enhances the shine, but also adds a little bit of protection. We’re
going to be using our TORQ 10FX with a white pad just to gently break down a fine layer
of that clear coat and refine the finish. So, over here we have our polisher, the TORQ
10fX with the white pad set up on it. This is our dual action polisher and I’ve centered
the pad so it’s not throwing off the counterweight causing some kind of imbalance. Now, we’ll
add about four dime sized drops of the Slick Finish to the pad. Over here, you can see
all the pieces of vinyl left over… There were at least 40 individual stickers and they
were not all one piece. There’s lettering and all that kind of stuff so it look a little
bit of time to get it all off, but the car looks a lot better. For me, who’s a traditionalist,
or a purist if you will, the car has more of a natural look. So now, I will add four dime
sized drops to our pad. A dime is about the size of one hex on these Hex Logic Pads. Then,
we will spray it with some Pad Conditioner to help moisten it so we are not creating
excess heat which could cause marring, but also it’s going to help lubricate the chemical
that you’re using so that you get the best results. I’ll start over here where we had
one little decal. We’ll blotch it out just like we do with any kind of paint correction
or polishing or buffing. Spread it out on our lowest speed setting, and then on our
highest speed setting, this is going to help break down that clear coat to reveal a fresh
shine. Well, guys, there you have it. You can see that Slick Finish did an amazing job
of removing those fine scratches as well as any residue or staining that was left behind
from those decals and now we have this deep, lustrous, black shine. Now, what’s great about
this product is that it also adds a little bit of wax to help enhance the shine and protect
the finish. So, you guys know you like Pegasus, so give her some, give her a thumbs up. If
you want to see more products like this, go to our website, Chemicalguys.com and join
us next time right here in the Detail Garage for the continuation on this Mustang.