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Windows 7: Removing A Sticker

26 Aug 2011   #1

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Removing A Sticker

One of the many things that I have been doing to a vehicle that I just bought, is removing all of the stickers throughout the inside and outside of it. That was easy for the most part, because they were on glass surfaces, but there is a large one on the tailgate that is directly on the paint. Obviously, I can't scrape it off, and the Goo Gone remover says that it will remove paint, so that is out. How can I do it without damaging the paint?

The only thing that comes to mind is using a heat gun, that is like a hair dryer on steriods, but that is somewhat expensive, since I would have to buy one. Is there any other option?
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26 Aug 2011   #2

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I once did this with nothing but rubbing alcohol a rag and some patience , it took several minutes of rubbing to get it going once a piece loosened up the whole thing pretty much gave way rather quickly though. I would follow that by quickly cleaning it off before it has a chance to try to eat into the clear coat. (though assuming there is a coat of wax on the vehicle (or there was when the sticker was first applied) the wax is pretty much immune to the alcohol.
Just be persistent with a consistent motion and pressure.
While there is minimal risk to the clear coat, you'd really have to leave the alcohol on there for a extended period of time for it to do visible damage. Which would be rather difficult since it evaporates so quickly.

Hopefully the sticker hasn't been there too long , if it has the paint underneath will likely be a visibly brighter color anyway.
Not much you can do about that on modern cars. It's near impossible to wear the spot without damaging the paint.

If you are looking at spending money anyway, the best thing to do is just take it to a professional detailer, and tell him you want it gone. They have their tricks of the trade to get it off there safely.
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26 Aug 2011   #3

Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit 7600
 
 

You could try surgical spirit,not sure what you would call it stateside, but it removes most sticky residue left behind. as a kid my mum used to use it to remove the black sticky lines on my arms and legs left by the old fabric sticking plasters (band aid) in the 70's
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26 Aug 2011   #4

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Surgical spirit is rubbing alcohol ..it's the same stuff.
http://www.google.com/search?source=...=Google+Search
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26 Aug 2011   #5

Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit 7600
 
 

thanks, next time im stateside i know what to ask for.
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26 Aug 2011   #6

W7x64 Pro, SuSe 12.1/** W7 x64 Pro, XP MCE
 
 

I've got plenty of isopropyl, but your mention of wax or clear coat is not something that I really know. I have no idea if it was ever waxed, however the sheen of the paint is very good, so that indicates that either wax or clear coat has been used, since it is a 2000 vehicle. Is it standard practice for General Motors to clear coat all of their vehicles?
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26 Aug 2011   #7

Windows7 Pro 64bit SP-1; Windows XP Pro 32bit
 
 

You can use a hand held hair dryer on some stickers to remove them.
If it is the thick vinyl ones this should work.

Start at one corner and do not overheat.
Low-medium heat.
Heat as you peel.
Some of these type stickers are peelable on a very hot day.

They are not using the old style nasty glues on most of the vinyl stickers. Most are reusable.

Clear coat yes since about 1995 at least.
Most manufacturers are painted that way.
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26 Aug 2011   #8

W7x64 Pro, SuSe 12.1/** W7 x64 Pro, XP MCE
 
 

I think that this sticker would be classified as being thick, at least it is entirely opaque and has an edge that can be felt. As far as the kind of glue holding it, I hope that it is not the sticky kind you refer to, but judging by the stickers that were on the glass, it may well be. Even with the Goo Gone, it took a lot to get rid of the glue, even after the sticker itself had been scraped off. The gal that I bought this vehicle from was sticker crazy. She even wrapped some colored duct tape around the hand grip above the glove box, which doesn't want to come off easily either.
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26 Aug 2011   #9

Windows7 Pro 64bit SP-1; Windows XP Pro 32bit
 
 

The ones with a lot of glue are a pain.

If it is a vinyl reusable type the hair dryer will get it with almost no residue. Mostly around the edges. A little soap and water and your good to go.

From your description of her habits you probably won't be that lucky but I hope so.!

Mike
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26 Aug 2011   #10

W7x64 Pro, SuSe 12.1/** W7 x64 Pro, XP MCE
 
 

I found a heat gun on sale at Harbor Freight, that I would like to try, but unfortunately the only way to do so would be to ask a downstairs neighbor to let me use their patio outlet to plug in an extension cord. I'm pretty sure that they would, because we don't pay bills here, but I hate asking for favors...unless they are simply questions, like here. Too bad there is no such thing as a battery powered heat gun.
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