Originally Posted by BlueZero
I'm not a pro but have removed a few decals. Heat gun works but what I also like is a nice sunny warm day. Park the car in the sun for a few hours if you can. It gives it a nice even heat to loosen up the adhesive. If you use a heat gun for some of it just be careful not to get anything too hot. I typically get it started with a plastic razor blade or even just my finger nail. Start at a corner as you should be able to get under it easier. Then just start pulling it up. Go slow and keep even pressure as close to where it is peeling up as you can. This will help the decal come off and not rip. It's hard to say how much time. I've had decals on the same car but different sides come off totally different. The one just pealed right off leaving just a few small spots of adhesive and the other side almost none of the adhesive pealed up with it. I haven't done enough to know if it was something I did or didn't do or just luck. For the residue I like using 3M adhesive remover, comes in a red and white spray can. Just follow the directions and follow the dwell time. Hope I've helped!
I do decal removal at least a handful of times a year and this is good advice.
I've done some decals you can peel off with just the warmth of the sun and some you have to heat up to get them off.
Plastic razor blades work great and will help save you some time. Just have to be careful as you can scratch the paint with them. Either way your going to need to polish it to get rid of the ghosting.
Tarminator also works great for the adhesive that may be left.
There are so many different types of vinyl decals out there that it's hard to tell you time wise. Could be a quick couple hours or could be a days worth of work.
Originally Posted by dad07
A heat gun, and patience will remove them. then some 3m adhesive remover to get rid of the residue.
compound and polish I recomend megs 105/205 then a lsp of choice.
take your time and heat the vinyl not the paint, just a little at a time.
Good luck! and let us know how things go.
Also good advice