Removing Wall Decals Without Destroying Your Walls

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How to Remove Decals From Walls Without Damaging the Paint

Question: What is the best way to remove a decal from my wall?

I’ve addressed this topic in the past, but it’s a good question and one I’m happy to answer again so you don’t have to try to find the answer in a past article, because, as we all know, the internet is a black hole time sucker.

First, although you didn’t specifically ask this question, let me say what I hope to be the case, and that is that you painted your own walls prior to apply the wall decals or stickers, and not only that, that you did it the right way, which I will explain now.

Consider the Wall Paint

The paint that you put on your walls may have come from a large box home improvement store or from a specialty paint store, but for the most part, interior paint is interior paint, and the quality was most likely good if you were also able to afford wall stickers.

So, assuming the paint is good, and that you were painting over another coat of paint, and not new walls, which require a good primer coat before you paint a finish coat, it is my hope that you cleaned the walls thoroughly with a trisodium phosphate solution. Trisodium phosphate, or TSP, is a wall and ceiling cleaning agent used by most professional painters and it will strip the dirt and grease off your interior walls and ceilings.

The Importance of Cleaning the Walls Before Painting

Car Stickers for Walls This is very important when it comes to a secondary coat of paint, because, like you, your house breathes. If it is an older house particularly, the exchange of air may happen in as few as five minutes, though even in newer homes, the exchange may be 15 to 20 minutes due to the “breathing” your home does.

In this breathing process, your house sucks in the same air you do from the outside air, although some of the nasty stuff gets filtered out in your air conditioning unit or your furnace filtration system, but a lot of it floats through your house and sticks to your walls. When this happens, over time, it creates a surface that doesn’t hold paint as well as you’d like it to.

So, that’s why you need to wash the walls with TSP before you paint.

Assuming, now, that you did that step before you painted, and that you did the painting, you can feel secure with your wall stickers being removable without bringing half of your last paint job with the adhesive on the stickers. If you didn’t, you may want to say a prayer and hope the person or company that did the painting did the job correctly.

The Best Way to Remove Wall Decals

Now, on to your actual question about removing the wall decals. The best way to get wall decals, or most any other decals, off is to use a bit of heat as you peel the sticker. A hair dryer on high heat setting or a heat gun on low heat setting should help the glue release easily. You need to be very careful, though, not to get the wall behind the sticker too hot, or the paint may release no matter how good it is.

The key here is to go slowly and carefully and not to overheat the wall. Your wall decals should be easily removed if you follow this procedure, and you have a good paint job, you should successfully be able to remove them without removing the paint at the same time, which is the goal.

If you’re interested to learn more about decals and stickers designed as wall graphics, visit here: Large Vinyl Decals and Stickers

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Options for Removable Double-Sided Decals and Stickers

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Easy to Remove Two-Sided Sticker Decals in Static Clings for Windows or Walls

I hear it every day…the economy sucks. There’s less money to spend on necessities. Your price is too high. Etc., etc. Etc.

Yesterday a potential client called needing removable double-sided decals. Something that could be used universally on doors, windows, and walls. A fairly reasonable request on the face of it. Except for one thing. If you’ve been in this industry for over 20 years like I have, you know that double-faced stickers can, at this time anyway, only be screen printed. (If anyone knows of a digital decal material that can be printed on both sides that has a “no shadow” blockout layer, let me know about it, please.)

Features of Double-Sided Decals

double sided adhesive graphics

At any rate, the fact is that “Removable” double-faced decals are available – screen-printed. But the adhesive remains removable for only up to a year, and our client needed them to be removable for up to 3 years or longer. There are lots of online businesses that sell decals. A former employee, after working for me for less than a year, bolted and started a website selling, you guessed it, decals. I’m too trusting.

Here’s the thing, though. The customer service departments for a lot of these sites have limited knowledge of the materials used in the decal printing industry, and if our client had called my former employee, it is highly likely that he would’ve simply sold her double-faced removable decals, not knowing (or caring) that they were, indeed, NOT removable after a year, not only costing the client money, but goodwill with her clients who’d be sticking these stickers on their walls and then pulling paint and sheetrock off with the incorrect material a couple years down the road.

Smart Buying Always Helps

Saving money isn’t a bad thing, especially with the economy the way it is, but sometimes you’re better to go with a company that actually knows what they’re selling. You may pay a little more for their product or service, but in the end, did you really spend more money? Yes. Of course you did. But did you save yourself and your clients a big headache? Yes. Of course you did.What is that worth?

I will guarantee that ultimately, you’ll spend less money with an experienced firm because they’ve been through the school of hard knocks, and they already bore the cost. Believe me, we’ve made every mistake in the book in the past 20 years, and fortunately, we don’t make too many any more, and that’s worth a lot of money saved to you.

So, how does this story end? I don’t know yet. I made the suggestion that we printed double-faced static cling windows for their clients who have windows and print single-sided 3M’s IJ160C-10 3 year removable vinyl decal material for those who have walls, but she’ll have to make that decision.We’re here with our expertise when she’s made up her mind, though, and she’ll save her reputation and it won’t cost her a lot of money to do so!

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