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How To Remove Stickers From a Camper

February 26, 2024
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Personalizing your RV with fun decals and stickers is no doubt a fulfilling project. You can make your camper truly your own with designs that are sure to catch the eye of pedestrians and motorists you drive by.

But the problem with adding decals to a camper is longevity. Especially if you use your vehicle a lot, even the best quality decals are prone to fading, chipping, and peeling over time. There will come a point when removing them is your only option to make your RV look clean and brand-new again. 

Luckily, removing custom sticker decals from a camper isn’t rocket science. In this article, we provide you with a step-by-step guide to remove RV decals easily (and without damaging your paint job). 

When to Remove Decals From Your RV?

But first, when do you know when it’s time to let go of your custom RV decals? Most can last you years when maintained properly, but when your decals start cracking or chipping because of moisture and sun exposure, then it’s high time to take them off.

Even when your decals don’t look like they’re holding on for dear life, most RV owners also opt to remove them once the colors have faded. When what used to be a bright and bold design turns into a faded or discolored piece that’s making your RV look older than it is, you might want to start the sticker removal process immediately.

Removing decals from your RV can also be a matter of preference. Your design might be outdated or just doesn’t suit your new style. Getting these old decals off gives you a clean slate to apply newer and more modern custom fit stickers on your rig.

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Precautions When Removing Stickers From a Camper

Before we reveal the steps to remove stickers from your camper, we want to make sure you have these precautions in mind: 

  • Be patient. RV decal removal takes a lot of time and labor. Don’t stress if you can’t complete the job in an hour like you anticipated. Just trust the process – slow and steady wins the race. 
  • Make safety your priority. If your decal is high up your RV, make sure to use a safe and sturdy ladder to reach it. Don’t attempt to step on steep areas or unstable objects for support. 
  • Work in sections. If you’re working with a large decal, working on the entire thing in one go will only overwhelm you. It might even make the sticker removal process less effective. Work on one designated area at a time and take breaks when you need to. 

Tools Needed For Camper Sticker Removal

You’re going to need the help of some tools and materials to effectively tackle your RV decals and remove them from your vehicle. Before starting the project, gather these materials: 

  • Heat gun or hair dryer 
  • Plastic scraper or putty knife 
  • WD-40, Goo Gone, or other commercial adhesive remover 
  • Oxidation remover
  • Rags or paper towels

How To Remove Stickers From Your Camper: Step by Step

You’re ready to get started. Follow this step-by-step guide to help you remove stickers from your camper successfully and with minimal risk of damage.

Step 1: Heat Application

Heat can loosen up even the strongest of adhesives, so it’s your best friend in this project. With your heat gun or hair dryer, apply heat to the decal until it warms up. Keep in mind that a heat gun can get much hotter than a hair dryer, so it might need a bit less time to warm up the sticker.

Step 2: Peeling with Plastic Tool

After a few minutes of heating the sticker, put your heating device aside and grab your plastic scraper or putty knife. Slowly lift a corner of the decal and start scraping it away from the RV’s surface. If you encounter any resistance while scraping, you can blow heat on the area again.

Step 3: Remove Leftover Residue

Once the decal is removed, you’ll likely have some adhesive residue left over on the surface of your camper. You can remove this with WD-40, Goo Gone, or any other commercial adhesive remover. Before you apply the solution to the entire decal, though, make sure to test the product on an inconspicuous area to make sure it doesn’t damage the surface.

Soak the adhesive residue with your chosen solution and let it sit for a couple of minutes. Then, gently scrape away the adhesive with your plastic putty knife.

Step 4: Remove Leftover Oxidation

Especially if the decal has been stuck on your camper for a while, you might notice a ghost image of the sticker even after removing it. To tackle oxidation, you can use an oxidation remover found in most hardware stores. Apply it onto the affected area and spread it around with a polishing machine or soft sponge.

Step 5: Polishing

After the sticker removal process, restore shine to your camper’s surface by applying a coat of RV polish. Pour a small amount of the solution onto a clean, soft cloth and apply it to the surface in a circular motion, ensuring complete coverage. Add more polish to the cloth as needed.

How to Remove Stickers From Your Camper: FAQs

How do you get old stickers off an RV?

To get old stickers off an RV, apply heat to the sticker with a heat gun or hair dryer. When the sticker has warmed up, use a plastic scraper to peel it off the surface. Remove any adhesive residue with a WD-40 solution or Goo Gone adhesive remover.

How do you remove decals from a truck camper?

The best way to remove decals from a truck camper is to loosen up the adhesive with heat. You can use a heat gun or hair dryer to warm up the decal. Once it’s warm, lift a corner of the decal with a plastic scraper and proceed to slowly lift the sticker off the surface. If adhesive residue is left behind, soak it with adhesive remover and wipe it clean with a paper towel.

What is the best adhesive remover for RV decals?

WD-40 or Goo Gone adhesive remover works best at removing stickers and leftover adhesive residue from RVs. You can also try a different brand, but make sure to test any product on an inconspicuous area of your camper before applying it to the entire surface.