Removing aged paint protection film poses a significant challenge for auto detailers and wrap shops. While PPF is an excellent protective measure for vehicles, its durability and adhesive properties make it tough to remove once it becomes weathered or cracked. Dealing with this tenacious film requires skill and patience to achieve successful results in the detailing process. VINYL-OFF™ is a safe, non-toxic, and effective product that can accelerate the removal of PPF by up to 50%.


Before starting the removal process, carefully read all directions on the product labels and familiarizeyourself with the product.

Getting Started

Paint Protection Films are known for their thickness and the difficulty in removing the adhesive-backed vinyl. When it's time to remove the film, it may appear weathered and cracked. Remember that heat is essential during the removal process. Heating the surface of the vinyl helps loosen the adhesive from the vehicle's surface and accelerates the effectiveness of Vinyl-Off. If possible, move the vehicle into direct sunlight to warm it up before starting the removal. You can also use a secondary heat source, such as a propane torch or heat gun, to aid in the process. However, avoid using a propane torch on vehicles with self-driving capabilities, as it may damage sensors and cameras used for navigation.

Step 1

Use a cotton towel or fine nap paint roller to apply vinyl off directly onto the material you want to remove. Be cautious around headlights and fog lights, and tape them off if necessary. If the product comes into direct contact with the vehicle paint, simply wipe it off with a clean rag.

Step 2

Allow at least 15 minutes of dwell time, and in some cases, it may be necessary to let vinyl off sit for 30 minutes to an hour. For better results, you can cover the area with a plastic sheet to prevent evaporation. Longer dwell times may be needed for older and more weathered protective films.

Step 3

Applying another layer of vinyl off a few minutes before removal may facilitate the process.

Step 4

Apply your secondary heat source to a 2-square-foot area.

Step 5

Use a plastic scraper to start from the top outside corner, lift an edge, and pull at a 35-degree angle. Keep heating the area you'll remove next, lift an edge, and pull. Adjust the area to be heated, the amount of heat, and the angle of your tool based on your results.

Key Notes

  1. Every removal is unique because each vehicle has been exposed to different weathering and storage conditions.
  2. If the shield doesn't come off after the first application, reapply vinyl off and increase the dwell time.
  3. The thickness of the paint protection film might prevent vinyl off from removing a significant amount of the remaining adhesive backing. In such cases, use a paint-safe adhesive remover to clean up the remaining backing.
  4. We encourage professional installers to reach out to us directly with any questions or concerns!

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