How to Remove Stickers from a Car

Sticker on back car window

There are many reasons you might need to know how to remove stickers from your car. Perhaps you’ve given up an old hobby, had a falling out with your favorite Charleston area sports team, or bought a used vehicle that came pre-stickered. Whatever the case may be, sticker removal is an easy process with the right gear. Let the experts at Land Rover Charleston teach you how.

How to Get Stickers Off a Car Body

The safest way to get stickers off the body of your car without damaging the paint is with these items:

  • A hairdryer
  • Car washing soap
  • Clean, dry towels
  • A plastic card (Huntington library card, membership card, etc.)
  • Tree sap remover or Goo Gone Automotive

Once you have everything you need, follow these steps to remove stickers from the body of your car:

  1. Clean the entire sticker, and the surrounding area, with car wash soap.
  2. With the hairdryer on hot and positioned about two to three inches away, heat the entire sticker for a few seconds, working from the inside out.
  3. As soon as 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, you should be able to slowly peel the rest off, though it may be necessary to repeat the heating and peeling process.
  4. You may have a layer of residue left on your car after the sticker is gone. If so, the question becomes how to remove sticker residue from a car. This is an easy fix: simply take your clean, dry cloth and some tree sap remover or Goo Gone Automotive and gently wipe until the residue is gone.

How to Get Stickers Off a Car Window

Parkersburg drivers looking to remove stickers from a car window must follow a different process. You won’t need the hairdryer and you can use a razor blade instead of a plastic card. Be mindful of your safety and never use a razor blade on the inside of tinted windows. The necessary items are as follows:

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

With this equipment in hand, you’re ready 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 wash away. If adhesive residue is still present, continue with the next steps.
  3. Using your razor blade, carefully scrape at the remaining residue until it lifts.
  4. If you’ve got some particularly stubborn sticker residue, a little rubbing alcohol often does the trick. Just soak a paper towel in the rubbing alcohol and scrub away, using the razor blade intermittently.

Learn More Car Care Tips With Land Rover Charleston

Our team is happy to answer any questions you might have about car care and cleaning. If you’re not sure whether a product is safe to use, contact us for assistance. Want to learn more about how to maintain your vehicle? Check out our other service and car maintenance tips online to learn how to keep your Land Rover Defender interior looking pristine. We also have a rotating selection of service specials to give you the best value around. Visit us today to see what makes us different from the competition.

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