Stickers are often the bane of car owners that want to keep their windows nice and clean. Whether it?s a decal from a parking lot or registration sticker, there comes a time when you want to get it off. However, this is never as easy as simply peeling the sticker off.
There?s always sticky bits left behind and this doesn?t include the adhesive residue. If you?re tired of old stickers on your vehicles windows but don?t want to spend hours scrubbing, here are a few tips on how to get stickers off a car window.
7 Easy Ways to Remove Stickers From Car Windows
You don?t have to break out a sharp-edge scrapper or a powerful pressure washer. The adhesive on the stickers might seem stronger than cement but there are a few simple tricks that will get them off.
- Window Cleaner
It will take something stronger than the glass cleaner you use on bathroom mirrors. You?ll need a sudsy or foaming agent in the cleaner. You can find a few brands at most local auto parts stores and even in some drugstores if they have an automotive section.
The reason you want to use a detergent window cleaner is to degrade the strong adhesive. Just soap up the sticker and surrounding area with a sponge or clean rag. After letting it sit for a few minutes the sticker should start to slide down. If any adhesive remains behind, carefully scrape it away without scratching the glass.
- Denatured (Rubbing) Alcohol
Sometimes detergent won?t be enough to get stubborn stickers off. Soaking a paper towel in rubbing alcohol and wiping it across the sticker will loosen the adhesive making the sticker slide and peel off. You will need to soak the entire decal if you don?t want to spend time scrapping away at the sticker.
There still may be a little residue left after the sticker is off. You can use a razor blade to carefully remove the remaining glue.
- Try Goo Gone
Parents with small kids often use this non-toxic chemical to remove various stickers toddlers love to attach to almost every surface. The product works by deteriorating the adhesive so you can peel the sticker off without damaging the surface it was stuck on.
It takes a few minutes for the chemical to work but when it does, all of the adhesive gunk is usually gone. All that?s left is to wipe away the smear on the car window.
- Use Ice
If you don?t have an ice-pack in your freezer, you can easily make one. Just take some ice cubes and place them in a sealed sandwich bag. Place the ice-pack on the sticker, depending on its location on the window you might need to hold it in place for 5 ? 6 minutes.
When the sticker is cold, use a razor blade to carefully remove it from the window.
- Spray WD-40
Almost every home or garage has a can of WD-40 in it. While it is toxic, the chemical components can tackle everything from removing rust to fixing squeaky hinges. WD-40 can also be used to remove stickers and decals from car windows.
Spray the compound on the sticker, let it sit for a couple of minutes, and then wipe the sticker and adhesive residue off. Most of the time, you won?t need to scrape any residue off.
- Soap and Hot Water
The water doesn?t have to be boiling but it does need to be hot. Mix the hot water with a small amount of liquid soap in a spray bottle. Spray the sticker with the mixture a few times to ensure its thoroughly soaked.
Keep checking the sticker to see if the adhesive is loosening and peel it off.
- Baking Soda