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Old 06-02-2005, 07:26 PM   #1
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Thumbs up Removing Sticker Glue

My WBCCI stickers peeled up around the edges (---the uppermost round sticker) and WBCCI sent me new ones. What I'm trying to figure out is how to remove the old sticker glue without damaging the plastic coating on my 2000 Excella???? The stickers readily came off - but they left fifty percent of their "stickum!" I've considered mineral spirits but I'm not sure if that will affect the plastic coating - and I sure don't want to attack with a razor blade!
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Old 06-02-2005, 07:57 PM   #2
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I would first try strong tape and lift as much as you can off, than maybe denatured alcohol? I use this to clean my knitting machine so I believe it's somewhat gentle, but this came to mind. I would test in inconspicuous area but may be worth trying. Let us know what works either way!

We just became members and will be getting those big red numbers shortly, and this will be a concern if we stick them up there!

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Old 06-02-2005, 08:21 PM   #3
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Try adhesive tape remover. You should be able to get it at drug stores. The stuff has a solvent that only softens the sticky stuff. It is used to get tape off of skin.
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Old 06-02-2005, 08:32 PM   #4
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I don't know how this will react with the Clear Coat, but I have had great success with useing WD-40 to remove stickers and glue residue. Just soak the stickers or glue and let it stand for awhile, before you wipe it off.
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Old 06-03-2005, 12:45 AM   #6
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Goo Gone

There is also an adhesive remover called Goo Gone or Goo Be Gone that will remove adhesive residue from tapes and stickers.. Worked well on variety of sticker residues from flags to state inspection stickers on ours... Available in grocery stores (large centers) or hardware stores..

Heat gun also works if you can find or borrow one, though you might bake clearcoat if not careful...

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Old 06-03-2005, 02:52 AM   #7
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I have had good results getting sticker glue off of a lot of things with "Goof Off" which is readily available at Home Depot and Lowes in the paint department. I am not sure what it would do to the clear coat though. The interesting thing is that it is also billed as a remover for dried latex paint which it does just fine. It does not seem to attack oil based or varnishes so maybe it would be OK for the clear coat too. It comes in all sizes of containers too so you could get a little and try it out.

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Old 06-03-2005, 05:36 AM   #8
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...I've considered mineral spirits but I'm not sure if that will affect the plastic coating...
Mineral spirits did not hurt my plasticoat when used to remove duct tape glue.

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Old 06-03-2005, 08:29 AM   #9
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Wally says to use wd-40. I have and it works, but only after you use a heat gun and a plastic putty knife to remove the tape itself.
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A lot of good suggestions - and I appreciate Janet's "words of wisdom" too! I'll start with the least volatile and/or aggressive technique and work my way up. If I find something that works real good I'll pass it on.
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Old 06-03-2005, 10:22 AM   #11
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Even if you are tempted don't use scotchbrite even if it is worn out. Take it from one who knows. WD-40 or mineral spirts, not alcohol or lacquer thiner.
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I wouldn't use Goof Off

I think Goof Off is lacquer thinner - it sure smells like it. I've never had any trouble removing adhesive with a citrus based remover that I got at Ace or WalMart - De-Solv-it. It works great, I use it all the time. It says not recommended for use on rubber and some plastics.
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De-Solv-It

We use a product that you can purchase at WalMart, called De-Solve-It. It is one of those orange based cleaners. It removes stickers, chewing gum and lots of icky stuff. I also use it to remove sticky things in the laundry. Have not used it on anything clear coated tho.
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Before you heat up the heat gun try the hair dryer on hot. The clear coat will come off with the heat gun on hot . Then Goo Be Gone is great to be gone with the goo.
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