Tip on how to remove bumper stickers from you car

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How to remove bumper stickers

Things you will need

  • A lubricant (oil or WD-40) oil
  • A blow-dryer with a hot setting
  • A plastic spatula
  • A soft lint-free cloth
  • Rubbing alcohol
  • waxBoiling water
  • Soap
  • Blow dryer
  • Eucalyptus oil
  • Dish soap
  • Spray bottle

Step one-activating the adhesive

For you to successfully get rid of bumper stickers from your car, you must first reactivate the old adhesive. Note that the longer the bumper sticker has stayed on your car, the drier the adhesive becomes and at some point, it tends to form an almost unbreakable bond with the surface of your car.

This means that the first step in removing bumper stickers is to restore the pliability to the adhesive to make them more flexible and easy to peel off. Here is a step by step guide on the methods you can use to a achieve this.

Method 1-Boiling water

Wet a rag by dipping it in hot water and then place it on the sticker. Alternatively, pour the boiling water several times over the sticker. Let the sticker soak for 1-2 minutes. Hopefully, this will reactivate the adhesive. If not, move on to natural agents.

Method 2-Natural agents

Mix three parts of water, one part eucalyptus oil, alcohol solution or dish soap, and two teaspoonful of rubbing alcohol inside a spray bottle. Spray the sticker with the solution until it is wet. Let it soak for at least ten minutes. If the sticker adhesive is not yet activated, reapply the solution and soak until the entire sticker is removed. Alternatively, soak a piece of cloth in vinegar, and place it over the bumper sticker for some time. Let it stay in this position for 3-5 minutes. Start peeling of the sticker from the edges until it’s removed. Finally rub the vinegar over the surface to remove sticky residue.

Method 3-WD-40 or lighter fluid

Pour a little of lighter fluid or WD-40 on a cloth. Rub the wet cloth on the edges of the bumper sticker. Try to peel off the edges of the sticker using your fingers, an old credit card or a rubber spatula and add lighter fluid underneath. Do not use a razor as it may scratch your bumper. This will definitely reactivate the adhesive and make it easy for you to remove the bumper sticker using a soft, lint free rag that has been dampened with rubbing alcohol. In case they the surface under the sticker appears discolored, buff it with a polishing compound and coat of wax.

Method 4-Blow dryer

Heat the entire bumper sticker on blow dryers low setting for at least 30 seconds. Make sure to hold the dryer not less than 6 inches from the surface. Avoid high heating as it can cause the paint to chip. Start to peel off the corner of the sticker and continue to apply heat. This way, the adhesive will be reactivated. Scrap off the sticker using a puffy knife wrapped in duct tape or a rubber spatula. Wipe any residue with a dampened soft lint free rag that has been soaked with rubbing alcohol. Buff the surface where the sticker was with a polishing compound together with a fresh coat of wax. This method works well on glass and steel surfaces.

Additional tips

Note that location of the sticker may determine or change the method you should use. For example if the sticker was on the window you would not have to worry about using rubbing alcohol. However, if the sticker is on the body of the car or let us say it was on a painted bumper, any method using rubbing alcohol may not be appropriate.


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