A professional vehicle wrap informs the public that an organisation is serious and ready to address their needs. Marketing your company’s goals and core values can start here.  [Watch Video Below]

Before explaining the 5 steps of removing vehicle signwriting in a vehicle, let’s explore the advantages of it. We encounter hundreds of vehicles belonging to different companies daily. The vast majority of them would be utilising vehicle signage on them, which represents their companies while on the road.  

There are several benefits when wrapping your fleet and one of the main ones is advertising. You will be investing your financial resources in return for increased brand awareness and potentially more leads. 

A smart design stating the contact numbers and other details such as your website, services and your strapline could potentially boost your company’s opportunities to attracting new leads in the areas that your fleet travels to.

98% of audiences say that vehicle graphics create a positive image for a company, according to the American Trucking Association.

Unique and clean vehicle branding builds trust and engagement. A professional design helps to build trustworthiness and credibility and helps your brand to stand out against the local and national competitors.

>> Finalise your idea:

  • Focus on the why and how of your brand.
  • Outline your text.
  • Choose the right font, size, and styles.
  • Appeal to customers’ needs and state your offering clearly.
  • Keep it simple.
  • Avoid too many photos.

After looking at the advantages of signwriting your company vehicles and having decided on the next steps, let’s look at how you can remove vehicle wrapping or graphics in five easy steps. Ensure to follow each step correctly to avoid any damage or wasting time.

>> Remove Vehicle Signwriting in 5 Easy Steps:

1. Cleaning and Testing

Start with washing your vehicle to ensure you see clearly where signwriting is. You can recognise the major effect of working in a clean place once you try it. Right after just remember the famous phrase ‘’Better Safe Than Sorry’’.

Testing is the safest technique to be precise and to avoid any risk that can come up. Testing means trying one of the ways in a small area to see the effect that it has in your vehicle. It will help you find out if it can be easily removed, whether it damages your van or not, and if the technique you’re using is the most effective for you.

How to test it? See step 2.

2. Heating

Using a heat gun, start heating a small area until the vinyl starts softening. Our multi-award-winning team at Hardy Signs makes sure to not overheat, as it may damage your vehicle or make it harder to remove the vinyl.

You could use a hairdryer or a heat gun. In case you don’t have any of them, you could try the ‘hot water method’. It consists of pouring hot water over the vinyl, though it is not recommended because it requires repeating the process several times before seeing results.


3. Peeling it off

Start peeling it off when you see that the vinyl is ready to come off. Start from the edges, which are the weakest points. Use a thin plastic material to prevent scratching the vehicle. Be gentle, stay focused and patient.

4. Most of the cases something is left

Signwriting could sometimes get stuck to the van and you may end up with several uncleaned areas that have glue. You can use glue removal products to remove these bits, but before bear in mind to check if the material is suitable for your vehicle’s surface.

Each glue removal has its own method so make sure to read the instruction before applying it in your vehicle.

5. Washing, drying and waxing

The final step is to wash your vehicle again, dry it and prepare it for the fresh wrapping to be applied. After making sure it’s 100% dry, apply wax to your vehicle to protect the painting when you next sign write it.

Overnight, the vehicle must stay in a room with a cool temperature to get wrapped the next day. 


Read: Vehicle Branding as the ultimate marketing tool – FULL GUIDE

>> Other ways that can help:

The method introduced above is the most efficient way, while other ways are:                                                     

Residue Removals is another way which consists of using different removal products such as Rapid Remover. Follow instructions correctly to get the best results.

Another product is ‘Vinyl-Off’ which comes as a liquid and after spraying you should wait 15 minutes until the signwriting product is weak enough and then take it off. Remember to read the instructions.

Hardy Signs have been completing vehicle graphic projects since 1993. Since we started, applications have developed from hand painting to very high-quality digitally printed vinyl that matches a design brief to 100%.

If you’re looking for a vehicle signage partner or looking to refresh your branding contact us >> 


Before removing your signwriting make sure to have an idea and design for the new wrapping that will represent the company.

Whatever your vehicle type, we’ve got your covered… As well as cars, vans, lorries and buses; our accredited installers work with motorbikes, jet skis, heavy plant and helicopters to name just a few. Our design team will work with you to create the very best solution for your project.

About the company: Hardy Signs is a professional and digital signage company that designs, manufactures and installs bespoke signage products to a wide range of business sectors in the United Kingdom. The company has been awarded the manufacturer of the year in 2019 and 2020.

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