How to Remove Vinyl Wall Stickers and Decals

Updated on July 14, 2015
Vinyl Wall Sticker
Vinyl Wall Sticker

Vinyl Wall Sticker Removal

Now, we know that wall stickers are easy to apply, don't we? But are they easy to remove? Well, the short answer is yes—but only if you follow some simple points listed below. The ease of removal can depend on many factors including the type/condition of the wall surface and the length of time the sticker has been applied to the wall.

Above all: Keep calm and carry on!

Tips for Removing Stickers From Walls

The key with vinyl wall sticker removal is to keep the paint intact underneath. If you pull too quickly, the sticker may tear and will probably take some paint with it, too.

  1. Test the wall sticker by slowly pulling at a corner to see how stuck it is. In some cases, it will remove quite easily without leaving any damage to the paintwork.
  2. If the sticker is firmly stuck, then use a hairdryer (on a warm setting) to slowly heat the corner. Once that corner starts getting easier to peel, apply heat to the next area as you slowly remove the sticker.
  3. Remain patient!
  4. Usually, there isn't any residue with the heat removal. If there is any adhesive stuck to the wall, try removing it with soapy water. However, if that doesn’t remove it, then use an adhesive remover or even WD-40 or nail polish remover (always test a small area first to be sure it doesn't remove color or paint from the wall and use sparingly).

Tips for Removing Vinyl Patterns From Glass

Wall stickers adhere so well to glass that they can be a bit harder to remove, but at least you don’t have to worry about paint coming off with it!

  1. Straight to the hair dryer! Use a hair dryer on a warm setting, slowly heating the corner. Then keep applying heat to the area that you are peeling off until the whole sticker is removed.
  2. Again, if there is any adhesive residue, first try soapy water, then move to adhesive remover, WD-40, or nail polish remover if necessary. Always test these products on a small area first and use sparingly.
  3. If you have a glass scraper, use it with steps one and two to make removal easier.

If you follow the above instructions, then you won’t have a problem. Above all, be patient!

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        SRU 3 months ago

        So, I am redoing my daughters room from when she was born. I had huge wall decals on the two main walls in her room. One wall, had her name and a paragraph of writing. The other wall had a cherry blossom tree

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        Kristine 21 months ago

        I got my stickers off easily but you can still see where they were. I'm wondering if there is something you can wipe wall with to bring back the wall color?

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        Gez 22 months ago

        Hmmm.... can just imagine how little damage thete would be..... using nail varnish remover on my matt painted walls!

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        MyWonderfulWalls 23 months ago

        Or you can just buy fabric wall stickers which will come off your walls with no problem and won't rip.

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