Buying a new car is always exciting. But there’s just one part of the process that can get really frustrating – clearing out display stickers on the windows. For some reason adhesive stickers which come from the dealership are notoriously hard to peel off. Lifestyle Author Jill Nystul advises that “Sticker glue is hard to remove, but there are several ways to get rid of that awful residue. The best way to remove stubborn sticker residue is to use a quick soak in warm soapy water. In certain rare cases, like if a sticker is very old or has been exposed to the sun, you might need something a bit more powerful to help remove all the residue.” Here are a few quick tips on the cleanest way to get rid of adhesive stickers:
TRICK #01 – Pull Them off SLOWLY:
Not many people realize this, but the glue which is spread on most stickers remains intact when stretched under low pressure. This means that the slower you pull at an adhesive sticker, the more it will peel off in one piece. The glue might stretch as you pull away at it, but it’s ultimately going to stick on the paper more than it does the surface of the car.
TRICK #02 – Use a Soaked Cloth:
If the glue on a sticker just won’t peel off, something that might help is to soften the glue a little bit. This is best accomplished by submerging the glue in warm soapy water. Start by dipping a microfiber washcloth in some warm/soapy water. Then spread this damp cloth across the adhesive you’re trying to remove. After 5 minutes have elapsed, use the washcloth to wipe away the adhesive residue.
TRICK #03 – Use a Scraper:
Some adhesives might not wash away easily, but they collect and bunch against the hard surface of a scraper. If this is the case, it’s best to find a paint-scraper which you can use on the glue instead. Be careful when using scrapers however because they can accidentally cause dents and scratches.
TRICK #04 – Find a Solvent:
When all else fails, do some window shopping to find a chemical adhesive-remover for your problem. There are plenty of products on the market which specifically help people remove stickers. When using solvents, be careful not to let chemicals splash or splatter on car paint. Solvents can end up causing permanent stains when used recklessly.
The real secret to handling adhesive stickers is patience. Regardless of which method you choose to peel them off, just accept the fact that rushing will only leave stubborn streaks. Any stickers which are glued onto cars are deliberately designed for durability. Manufacturers and dealerships prefer strong stickers because they allow signage to remain on display, regardless of any harsh weather conditions. For more information, visit our website or give us a call at 1-800-639-7654 to find out how Adriana’s Insurance Services can help you stay safe. We got you covered!