How To Remove Vinyl Lettering From A Sweatshirt

Even though vinyl transfers can jazz up a sweatshirt, sometimes they do the opposite, which is why it is handy knowing how to remove vinyl lettering from a sweatshirt. This can give new life to a sweatshirt. There are a few techniques you can use to remove vinyl from a sweatshirt, as the types of vinyl transfers vary greatly.

To remove vinyl lettering from a sweatshirt, you will need:

  • An Iron
  • Wax Paper
  • Dryer
  • Nail Polish Remover
  • Washcloth
  1. Before starting, clean and dry the sweatshirt. Follow the instructions located on the garment label to do so.
  2. To start, you can try removing the vinyl lettering using wax paper. Simply place the wax paper on top of the vinyl lettering, and ensure that the letters are completely covered. Then, heat the area by ironing the wax paper on medium heat, using the iron. In most cases the vinyl lettering will stick to the wax paper and you will be left with a clean sweatshirt.
  3. If this does not work, leave the sweatshirt in the dryer for 15 to 20 minutes. The high levels of heat will cause the vinyl lettering to begin to peel away, and can easily be removed by simply peeling them off using your fingernails.
  4. Another alternate method can be performed by using nail polish remover. Simply pour some nail polish on the vinyl lettering, and use a washcloth to rub them. The acetone in the nail polish remover helps to loosen the glue that holds the vinyl lettering to a shirt. When all the letters have been removed, wash the shirt again to ensure that the shirt has no long term damage.
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