That darn smiley-face sticker some kid slapped on your car as a prank has sat there for weeks. You've tried every method you can think of to remove it, but it refuses to budge. It's content to taunt you, remind you of your failure every time it catches your eye.
However, we've got a way to wipe the smile off that sticker's face for good: the paint and decal removal tool. But what is this tool, and how can it help you?
We're glad you asked. It's time to dive head-on into the question of "What is a paint and decal remover tool?" So without further ado, let's begin!
What Is a Paint and Decal Remover?
A paint and decal remover is a special tool that uses two unique rotating pieces to remove paint and decals from a surface (a rubber eraser wheel and a stripper wheel, respectively). The rubber eraser wheel spins across the decal at a high speed to pick up the edges and make the decal start to come off. At the same time, the rubber wheel builds friction against the decal to create heat.
This heat helps to weaken the adhesive attaching the decal to the car, which makes it even easier to take off. The tool caps itself at 3600 RPM (rotations per minute) so that you don't risk turning up the speed too high on accident and damaging any part of your car.
The paint stripper wheel works to put gentle abrasions against the car paint to start picking the paint off. It also picks up rust (since rust is a loose layer on top of the "normal" metal that the wheel can pick off).
This is only advised for surface-level rust, however. Rust that goes any deeper is a symptom of the metal corroding in the car and needs professional treatment.
The stripper wheel also has safeguards against heat damage by making the wheel attachment porous. This allows the wheel to stay cool and not warp the surface it's working on.
Why Use This Tool Over Other Methods?
One problem with other decal or paint removal methods is that they lack the power to remove a decal, especially ones that have been on the surface for a long time (allowing the adhesive to fuse more with the paint). This is why the "hair-dryer" method of removing decals work great for new stickers, but not old ones.
The other problem with these removal methods is that they leave you with a great risk of damaging other parts of the surface you didn't intend to. Using a metal blade or file will get any sticker off in time, but the paint underneath is going to look a lot worse for wear by the time you're done.
Paint and decal removers dodge both of these problems and also boast more speed than some of these methods to boot.
How to Use a Paint and Decal Remover Tool
Before you start using a paint and decal removal tool, it's important to make sure you are wearing proper eye protection. This way, if any scraps or sparks fly up from the vehicle, your eyes won't get injured.
It's also important to note that the tool was not designed to get used on surfaces of acrylic paint, Plexiglass, lexan, polyethylene, and polypropylene. This is because these surfaces cannot withstand the heat produced by the toll as well as metal or wooden surfaces can, and you will damage them as a result. The primary surfaces the tool is designed to work on are metal, glass, wood, and fiberglass.
For removing decals, you'll want to start at the right-side edges of the decal and move to the left while keeping the tool level. You don't need to put a lot of pressure on the tool while working since it's designed to reduce the "human effort" needed in the removal process. Putting too much pressure on it will compromise the performance of the tool.
Another perk of the decal removal tool is that it doesn't leave a lot of adhesive residue behind. If there's still some left behind, you'll want to use your preferred brand of adhesive remover. When all the adhesive is gone, make sure to apply a coating of protective wax to help give the newly-exposed paint an extra layer of protection from the elements.
As for paint or rust removal, you will want to also wear gloves and a respirator of some kind to protect yourself from the toxic chemicals in the paint. It's also important to note that due to the size of the wheel attachment, you'll want to use something smaller for getting paint or rust out of any nooks and crannies in the car. Other than that, the process doesn't vary too much.
Why Buy This Tool From Denby?
One reason you should get your remover tool from us is our pledge to providing great customer service. If your product comes to you damaged, give us a heads-up within 7 days of receiving the product and we'll send you a new one free of charge! We also boast a strong customer support line via either phone or email.
We also practice a great deal of discretion with your information. Unlike other companies, we don't sell your info off to every marketplace on the Internet so they can spam you with ads.
Finally, we give you mechanical diagrams of our products on our site. This way, you know exactly the composition and materials you're getting with no surprises!
I AIn't Afraid of No Sticker
And there you have it! Now that you know all about paint and decal remover tools, you're ready to get out there and purge every unwanted sticker or patch of rust from your car! And if you want to know more about tools to improve your car or buy a remover tool for yourself, give us a shout and let us know how we can help!
So say your prayers, smiley-face sticker. Your days are numbered...