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Removing stickers, labels, decals, glue, sap...



  • euphoniumeuphonium Great Northwest, West of the Cascades.Posts: 3,425
  • euphoniumeuphonium Great Northwest, West of the Cascades.Posts: 3,425
    Just use a rattle can of quick drying Black paint on them. Works quick & easy.
  • quadringquadring Posts: 20
    My wife ran over a can of spray paint and "painted" the side of her car. It got on the paint as well as the black plastic moldings. I did some research to find removal methods. First I tried the clay bar/lubricant removed a tiny bit of the overspray, but not very effective. Next I tried a flat razor blade and lubricant...somewhat effective but leaves minor scratches in the clearcoat. The best method I have found...easy, cheap, extremely effective: a Mr. Clean Magic Eraser!!! Keep it wet, apply some "elbow grease" and the overspray comes right off with no damage to the car's finish. Amazing!!! It even cleans the rough-texture plastic areas! Apply some wax when done.
  • euphoniumeuphonium Great Northwest, West of the Cascades.Posts: 3,425
    How thankful is she that it was a simple rattle can instead of a toddler with a rattle?
  • Safest and natural product to remove sap, blood, goo from a car after a decal has been removed (or no decal) is eucalyptus oil. You can get it from most major supermarkets (also be careful of using chemicals on painted surfaces, as if is a re-spray, you can affect the paint)

    If you need to remove decals try decal removal site as has tips on how to remove them and videos
  • euphoniumeuphonium Great Northwest, West of the Cascades.Posts: 3,425
    They are taking responsibility for their mistakes.
  • my7 vw beetle has original vw decal artwork on it. Unfortunately due to the recent snow and frost a few on the bonnet have started to peel off! Can anyone tell me what it is safe to stick them down with. Would appreciate any help


    Lisa :confuse:
  • I saw reading through this thread that some people had used Magic Erasers to remove oversprayed paint. I just wanted to add my 2 cents about it.

    There are now many generic versions that can be picked up in a 2 or 4 pack at the local dollar store that work just as well as the name brand Mr. Clean.

    I used one to remove all the sap from the hood of my truck and it never bothered the finish at all, only did what I wanted and removed the sap. Just remember to keep them wet and leave them lay flat when you use them. Otherwise they tear up really easy.
  • Mr_ShiftrightMr_Shiftright Sonoma, CaliforniaPosts: 57,595
    I wouldn't put any kind of adhesive on that paint if you can avoid it. What year VW is this? I would think you could buy the decals aftermarket, peel off the old with a hair dryer (gently) and start all over.

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  • Working at a dealership with nothing but oak & elm trees along the length of our lot, we have to remove 'tree sap' (continuously) 2X a year---spring AND fall! The fastest, gentlest way I have found is 99% Isopropyl Alcohol, applied lightly with a 'fair' microfiber towel. The towel makes a lot of the difference, as it so SO much less abrasive, by comparison. Load a simple spray bottle, and 'fan' it onto the corner of the micro-fiber. Lightly rub in circles ON the spot(s)! Can clean a heavily 'sapped' Cross-Over in under an hour. HINT: Move your head around A the 'light' you have across all the body panel...INCLUDING the side panels!!!
    Spray the alcohol 'onto the corners' of the towel....and use the 'center' section (which should be in the palm/heel of your hand) to do a quick wipe to remove the initial haze. For a final cleaning, a simple spray & wipe with most aerosol galass cleaners usaing a clean/moderate microfiber will do the job---even on black finishes!!!
    Let me know how this works out for you. DOES require 'learning' to 'FEEL' the sap under the towel. Also 'requires' that you NOT wear any sort of 'rubber'latex' glove on your hands---takes away the 'sense of touch'!!!
  • As to the 'sticker removal'...the 'hair-dryer' will help remove the sticker...not the adhesive, however. Simple cigarette lighter fluid 'will' work....but is easier to buy a simple 'adhesive remover' from your local auto-parts store or from a lot of 'arts & craft' stores. sure to use a nice/clean/light towel...and a soft touch to rub it out with. Have used this combination for YEARS at a number of dealerships to remove stickers and 'pin-striping'!!! May have/WANT to 'share' the expense with friends...
  • AS an auto detailer for a dealership, the fastest...EASIEST way I have ever found is either a light, liquid rubbing compound...OR...the SAME wax initially used, on a simple towel corner. Lightly rub it in for a few minutes with your finger tips...then wipe it off. USUALLY comes off!!! IF is a bit 'stubborn', try applying/rubbing it in (in a circular motion) with a light/soft fingernail scrub brush...then wipe it off.
    Usually does the trick.

  • Question #1: The 'plastic plate' you are referring that the little 'decal' on the 'trunk lid' or rear-bumper?
    Question #2: AS to the textured, black also rather easy Perhaps 30 minutes to take care of it ALL!!!
  • Mr_ShiftrightMr_Shiftright Sonoma, CaliforniaPosts: 57,595
    Have you ever tried WD-40. Some tell me that also works. Yeah, hair dryer is risky--it would only be my last weapon of choice.

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  • obyoneobyone Posts: 8,054
    For sticky adhesive there is none better than Goo Gone. WD40 is a little too corrosive IMO.
  • malroymalroy Posts: 1
    I bought a black police explorer that has had the decals removed. The paint that was covered and protected by the decals is much more shiny than the paint that was exposed to the weather. It is easy to see the city name and police logo shining.
    What can be done to blend the shiny and duller paint?
  • Mr_ShiftrightMr_Shiftright Sonoma, CaliforniaPosts: 57,595
    This could be tough, because with modern cars you have clear-coat, so buffing and waxing can only do so much--you can't "color-sand" like in the old days. So buffing might help but if the oxidation is really bad on the car, you have your limits----and the last thing you want to do is cut too deeply into the clear coat.

    Also, if you aren't skilled with a buffer, stay away from any edges on the car.

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  • bigfurbigfur Posts: 649
    Amen Shifty. Find a good detailer and use some rubbing compound to gloss up the dull areas of the car. Otherwise i hope you got a great deal on the car cuz you might have to live with it, otherwise repaint the whole vehical.
  • smallfootsmallfoot Posts: 1
    edited June 2011
    FYI, just got something called "Tarminator" at NAPA. The salesman said he'd used it to remove decals. It took the residual decal adhesive right off my car, and it doesn't seem to have hurt the paint at all. It's main indication, obviously, is to remove tar, plus sap, etc. $5.79, if anyone's interested.

    Thanks to whoever posted the message about not using WD-40 on paint. I was about to do that, since it worked so well on the adhesive on the windshield. I still recommend it for that application.
  • leenoleeno Posts: 1
    edited September 2011
    Before I begin a new post, I was hoping I could get some feedback on this one. I need to know what is the best way to remove sticker residue from the "inside" of the car. I had some felt w/ adhesive backing on the steering wheel and when it got really warm and I removed the decal, it left some tackiness from the adhesive behind. What is the best way to clean this without harming the vinyl or leather?

  • To get wax off the car I would recommend a cirtus degreaser - it's great for removing any goo or adhesive (the stuff that smells like oranges).

    If you want to remove a decal from a car or car window, I would recommend a wonder wheel. it's made from soft rubber so won't affect the paint and is much quicker than using a heat gun (also takes off most of the adhesive or goo).

    You can see a video of the wonder wheel at

    Hope this helps
  • There are a few options to remove a decal / sticker from your neon car. They are:

    1) heat gun: works fine, though does leave residue afterwards. (I would recommend citrus degreaser to remove this. You can get this from most hardware or supermarkets
    2) metal blade: definitely not as can scratch the surface
    3) plastic wonder balde: generally okay, though can be hard to find an edge to start it. Better for smaller / more delicate ares
    4) wonder wheel: definitely works and removes most of the goo aswell. You do need to have a drill to use with it (it's basically a rubber wheel that attaches to a drill and strips the decal away without affecting the surface)...

    i saw a video demo at
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