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How to Remove Stickers from a Car

Peeling Sticker Off Windshield

There are numerous reasons why San Marcos-areas drivers want to remove stickers from a car. Whether you’ve given up on old hobbies, you’re removing ambitious artistic visions, or you’re looking to trade-in your old ride for a new MINI vehicle. No matter the reason, learn how to remove stickers from a car from the service experts at MINI of Escondido, serving the San Diego area and beyond.

How to Get Stickers off a Car’s Body

The most efficient way to remove a sticker from the vehicle’s body without damaging the paint is by using these products:

  • A bit of car washing soap
  • Hairdryer
  • Plastic card (library card, membership card, etc.)
  • Tree sap remover or Goo Gone Automotive
  • Clean, dry towels

Once you have these items, follow the steps on how to remove stickers from a car’s body:

  1. Using the car wash soap, clean the entire sticker and surrounding area.
  2. With the hairdryer on high, hold it two to three inches away from the sticker for a few seconds. Working from the inside out, you want to make sure that the entire area is hit with the heat.
  3. Once the sticker is heated, take your plastic card and gently push it under the sticker’s edge. If you see the adhesive residue starting to lift, slowly peel the rest off. Keep in mind that you may need to repeat the heating and peeling steps, and your sticker may come off in small bits rather than in one go.
  4. Is there any sticker residue left on the body of your car? You are probably wondering how to remove sticker residue from a car? It’s an easy fix: take your clean, dry cloth and some tree sap remover or Goo Gone Automotive and wipe with gentle pressure until the residue is gone.

How to Get Stickers off a Car Window

The process of removing stickers from a car window is a little different. You don’t need the hairdryer, and you can use a razor blade instead of a plastic card. Just be careful and never use a razor blade on the inside of tinted windows.

These are the necessary products:

  • A razor blade
  • Clean, dry towels
  • Rubbing alcohol
  • Dish soap and hot water

Once you have the items, it’s time to get started:

  1. Use the razor blade to peel up a bit of the sticker, then remove it as cleanly as you can by hand.
  2. Using the dish soap and hot water mixture with your clean towel, rub the sticker residue until it begins to evaporate. Sometimes this does the trick, but if not, continue with the next steps.
  3. Take your razor blade and carefully scrape at the residue until it lifts.
  4. If you have horribly stubborn sticker residue and you couldn’t complete the task at hand, rubbing alcohol usually works. Go ahead and soak a paper towel in the rubbing alcohol and scrub away, using the razor blade intermittently. A clean towel soaked in water will work perfectly to clean the area once you’re finished.

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