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Windows 7: Removing stickers from my laptop

06 Dec 2012   #1

Windows 7 Home Premium x64
 
 
Removing stickers from my laptop

Earlier this semester, I bought the ASUS Transformer Infinity TF700t tablet and just got the keyboard dock for it a couple days ago. Therefore, I am currently prepping my laptop to sell it. The biggest prep work isn't doing a fresh install of the OS and drivers, but rather physically removing stickers from the lid (it was my form of anti-theft; cover a $1200 laptop in stickers and people will be less inclined to steal it). It's an HP Pavilion dv6t Quad Edition and so it has, to my knowledge, an aluminum casing (including the lid cover). I don't know if anyone would know how to go about this without risking damage to the lid. Should I remove the lid, take it apart, and soak that piece in warm, soapy water prior to taking the stickers off? Will that, like removing labels from a wine bottle, help to loosen the adhesive bond? Or should I just scrape them off with a razor blade?
I just don't want to break it before I sell it!




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06 Dec 2012   #2

Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit 7601 Multiprocessor Free Service Pack 1
 
 

It all depends on the adhesive that is on the stickers,. You might have some with water soluble glue and others with solvent soluble glue. I would try a single edge razor blade and very carefull try to get under the sticker on one corner and see if you can lift the sticker off. Then try a cotton bud with warm water to gently soak the residue of glue and paper. If that dosn't work try another cotton bud with nail polish remover. Be careful not to let that get near any plastic parts. Depending how long the stickers have been on there you could see a permanent mark where they have been.
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06 Dec 2012   #3

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

You could use some LCD cleaning fluid, that is safe and will not cause any discoloring or else the simplest way would be aftershave or perfume, dries within 10 minutes and your NB will smell nice for a few days.
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06 Dec 2012   #4

Windows 7 Home Premium x64
 
 

I'm using the straight-blade razor (from my Stanley utility knife) approach to getting the stickers off. I'll try some of the suggested chemical methods to remove any residue that's left over.

Progress so far.

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06 Dec 2012   #5

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by kbronski View Post
I'm using the straight-blade razor (from my Stanley utility knife) approach to getting the stickers off. I'll try some of the suggested chemical methods to remove any residue that's left over.

Progress so far.

Looks pretty neat so far.
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06 Dec 2012   #6

Windows 7 Home Premium x64
 
 

Stickers are all off. There's a lot of residue left over in some places, even after additional scraping.
Later, probably this weekend, I'll work at getting the residue off.
It looks naked.

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06 Dec 2012   #7

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by kbronski View Post
Stickers are all off. There's a lot of residue left over in some places, even after additional scraping.
Later, probably this weekend, I'll work at getting the residue off.
It looks naked.

There is a product, whose name escapes me, made just for your situation. Google around with 'removing stickers' and I'll bet you'll find it. It is formulated to cut through the crappy adhesives with absolutely minimal "collateral damage".

Good luck!
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06 Dec 2012   #8

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Windows 7 Ultimate X64 SP1
 
 

Some US products..
Google

For the UK
http://www.google.com/webhp?hl=en&ta...w=1920&bih=885

Cigarette lighter fluid (naptha) should work too.
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06 Dec 2012   #9

Windows 7 Pro. 64/SP-1
 
 

mayonnaise soften many glues.
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06 Dec 2012   #10

Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit 7601 Multiprocessor Free Service Pack 1
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Layback Bear View Post
mayonnaise soften many glues.
Maybe it's the vinegar in it that does that. It is a mild acid after all! Good tip though. thanks!
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