Tuesday, July 2, 2013

How to Remove Bumper Stickers

Bumper stickers are a common accessory to our cars. They can be clever, encouraging, negative, or make a statement. However, they are often very difficult to remove from your car. It is important to remember that they are super stickers that have bonded to the paint on your car.

Here are a few techniques to get those pesky bumper stickers off your car.
  • Boiling Water: pour hot water over the bumper sticker to head up the adhesive and try to peel slowly from the corners.
  • Chemicals: There are multiple chemical solutions to remove bumper stickers
    • Vinegar:Take a cloth soaked in vinegar and place over the sticker for 3-5 minutes. Then peel.
    • Solution: Take some rubbing alcohol and dish soap and soak the sticker for 10 minutes.
    • WD-40: If you have an corner that you can peel back from the sticker, try to lubricate the area underneath with some WD-40. Continue to apply the lubricant as your peel back the sticker. This should help in breaking the seal of the sticker.
  • Blow Dryer: Heat the sticker for 30 seconds or more. Avoid high heat, as this will damage your paint.

Bumper stickers can be a fun way to make a statement with your car. However, the best way to to prevent damage to your car is to avoid bumper stickers altogether. The longer a sticker is left on, the harder it is to remove and the more likely it is to cause permanent damage to your car's paint job.

  • Very caustic or acidic chemicals: these will damage the paint of your car
  • Peeling the sticker straight up. Make sure that when you are peeling the sticker off, pull the sticker back on itself and pull at an angle.
  • Very high heat. While heat is good at loosening the adhesive, it can also cause damage to your paint.
  • Razor blades. Yes, it is tempting to grab a razor blade to scrape off the sticker and the little bits it leave behind, however, your paint can easily be scratched by the sharp blade.   

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