Updated: How to Remove Your Custom Parking Permit Sticker or Decal!


It’s about that time.

As the new school year approaches, it’s time to remove your old custom parking permit decal and get your windshield or bumper ready for the next one!

Custom Parking Permit Decals and Stickers are specifically designed to be difficult to remove to help prevent theft and illegal use by someone else. Also, in certain climates, having a weaker adhesive can result in the decal peeling off and becoming lost.

Since most parking permit decals come with an expiration date, and we know you don’t want to keep them on your car forever, we’ve provided some tips below for removal of both windshield parking decals and bumper parking decals.

When to Remove Your Parking Permit Stickers and Decals:

The best time to remove bumper or window parking permit stickers is in the summer, when the heat will help loosen the adhesive and make the sticker easier to remove.

How to Remove Your Custom WINDOW Decal Parking Permit:

We recommend the following technique / procedure to remove the parking permit decal or sticker from your vehicle’s windshield.

  1. Apply nail polish remover or rubbing alcohol to a cotton ball or rag, and then rub it on the decal (especially around the edges).
  2. With the straight edge of a razor blade or utility knife blade, lift one corner of the decal.
  3. Slowly peel the decal off the window.  (Depending on the specific type of material of your decal, it will either come off in one piece or it will shear off.  If it shears, please use the flat edge of the razor blade to remove the remaining parts of the decal.
  4. Once removed, wipe the window with the nail polish remover or rubbing alcohol to remove any remaining adhesive.  This is also a great way to prepare the glass for application of the new sticker.)
  5. Finally, because you wiped down the area, your new decal will have a nice, clean surface to stick to.

How to Remove Your Custom BUMPER Decal Parking Permit:

We recommend the following techniques / procedures to remove the parking permit decal or sticker from your vehicle’s bumper.

The WD-40 Method

What  You Will Need:

  • WD-40
  • A lint-free cloth
  • Rubber Gloves
  • Optional: Rubber Spatula

First, test a small area where it won’t be noticed to make sure the vehicle’s paint won’t be damaged.

Put on your rubber gloves, spray the WD-40 onto the rag and rub the edges of the sticker until it begins to peel. Carefully peel off a corner of the sticker with your fingers or the rubber spatula. Continue applying WD-40 to the exposed part of the sticker to help ease removal. Do not pull the sticker directly up, instead fold the corner of the sticker against the face of the sticker and slowly peel. Once the sticker has been removed, clean the newly exposed area to remove any residue.

The Goo Gone/Goof Off Method:

What You Will Need:

  • Goo Gone/Goof Off
  • A lint-free cloth
  • Rubber Gloves
  • Optional: Rubber Spatula

First, test a small area where it won’t be noticed to make sure the vehicle’s paint won’t be damaged.

Put on your rubber gloves, apply the Goo Gone/Goof Off onto a rag and place it over the sticker (alternately, you can spray it directly onto the sticker itself.)  Allow it to soak for several minutes.  Carefully peel off a corner of the sticker with your fingers or the rubber spatula. Do not pull the sticker directly up, instead fold the corner of the sticker against the face of the sticker and slowly peel. Once the sticker has been removed, clean the newly exposed area to remove any residue.

The Warm Rag/Washcloth Method:

What  You Will Need:

  • A clean rag or washcloth
  • Warm Water
  • Optional: Rubber Spatula

Wet the cloth with warm water and place the cloth on top of the decal. Soak the decal with warm water for approximately 15-30 seconds. Then, peel one of the corners of the decal with your fingers or a rubber spatula.

Precautions:

A number of methods suggest using a blow dryer to help loosen the adhesive on a parking permit sticker or decal. At Rydin, we recommend you take precaution with this method, as the heat from the dryer can cause damage to your vehicle’s paint or may cause the sticker itself to melt. Use low heat only! The blow dryer should always be placed several inches from the surface of the car.

Think you have a better solution? We would love to hear from you! Feel free to contact us at sales@rydin.com or post your suggestions to our blog.

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About the Company: Rydin Decal specializes in parking enforcement products to make your parking lots easier and safer to use. We offer fully customizable parking hang tags and customizable decals at prices that will fit your budget.

 


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One Response to Updated: How to Remove Your Custom Parking Permit Sticker or Decal!

  1. Megan Alder says:

    Wow, I never knew that you could us isopropyl alcohol to get rid of glue residue from your car. My husband has this spot where he removed a sticker months ago. I’ll have to see if there’s any way for it to come off. Although, he might just go a buy another sticker.

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