We are all guilty of procrastinating when it comes to cleaning out cars. Not only is washing our car a task we prefer to put off, putting in the effort to clean off old stickers seems like an even more mammoth task to most of us. While it may seem you are going to be stuck with a sponge and a rag for days, cleaning stickers off your car doesn’t have to be such a complicated process.
When it comes to car windows, you need to make sure you are extra careful as the material used for car windows is thinner than the windshield and often much more susceptible to scratches.
How to Remove A Sticker From A Car Window?
All you are going to need to remove the sticker from the car window:
- Eucalyptus oil
- Dry cloth
Step 1: Soak your sponge
Place your sponge in a shallow container filled with eucalyptus oil for 3 hours, ideally covering the container.
Step 2: Ensure you are in a well-ventilated area
Eucalyptus oil is very pungent and can prove problematic if inhaled in large quantities, we strongly recommend keeping your garage open if you are cleaning the car in your garage. If the smell proves too much for you, you may also choose to wear a respirator mask.
Step 3: Apply sponge to sticker
Slowly scrub the sticker with the sponge in an up and down motion, rubbing off each layer. Make sure no residue of the sticker is left, once all remnants of the sticker are left you may see some sticky residue leftover. If this is the case, leave the residue to dry for 10 minutes.
Step 4: Remove the residue
Once the residue is dry to the touch, apply a splash of eucalyptus oil directly onto the residue before scrubbing quickly with enough pressure to feel the residue falling off underneath the sponge. You will be able to see when the residue is fully removed.
Step 5: Buff area
With all the residue removed, all there is left you to do is to make sure any excess eucalyptus oil is removed. Don’t let the area dry before using a dry cloth to quickly buff out any excess liquid through firm strokes with your dry rag.
Also read: Can You Use Dish Soap To Wash Your Car?
How to Remove A Sticker From A Car Windshield?
Windshields are obviously a very important area to ensure are not only clean but scratch-free, you do use them for the majority of your vision on the road after all. With windshield material being thicker than windows we don’t have to worry as much about being careful, but we still need to be vigilant of damaging the windshield. As per the windows, there are only a few things you need for cleaning stickers from the windshield:
- A razor blade or glass scraping tool
- Dry cloth
Step 1: Spray WD40 onto the area
Peel a corner of the sticker, being careful not to rip the sticker. Spray a small amount of WD40 underneath this area then place the corner back down. Repeat this process to all corners of the sticker ideally, but a minimum of 2 corners will suffice.
Step 2: Slowly peel away the sticker
Using your tool of choice, scrape off the sticker completely. This is a delicate process that requires very fine movements, especially if you are using a razor blade. Wearing gloves is a good safety precaution if you are not experienced in using a razor. Make sure the blade is always parallel with the windshield otherwise you risk scratching yourself or the windshield.
Step 3: Eliminate residue
Once all remnants of the sticker are removed, there should only be a small amount of greasy residue potentially left on the windshield. To remove this, simply spray a small amount of WD40 on a dry cloth (remembering not to oversaturate the cloth) and wipe down the residue until all is removed. There is no need to buff the windshield once the residue is removed due to the material used in windshields.
If you notice any form of residue or marks reappearing on your windshield the next day, simply use some soap and a rag to scrub clean any excess residue or marks on your windshield.
Best Ways to Remove Stickers From Your Car
There are a million different mum and pop recipes for the perfect sticker removal concoction but it’s easiest to keep it simple. Of course, you can find specific cleaners at the shops but there is no need when these easy methods will do the trick.
Invest in a heat gun
It’s a universal rule amongst stationery fans that heat + glue = disaster and this rule works perfectly for those of us trying to get rid of unwanted stickers. Even the worst quality stickers with the most disgusting appearance are no match for a heat gun.
Step 1: Focus heat gun on a sticker
Hot air blasted on the adhesive area of the sticker will ensure you can easily peel it off. Minimizing any need to scrub off residue and ensuring your paint or glass isn’t damaged.
Step 2: Peel sticker off
Once you see the sticker rising above the surface you will be able to peel it off, simply continue blasting the sticker with hot air until it peels off fully.
This might seem like overkill to some but acetone has a surprisingly long list of uses and getting rid of especially strong stickers happens to be one of them. Acetone can be found in most hardware stores and is a great thing to have in your cleaning arsenal.
Step 1: Safety first
Always make sure you wear a mask when working with Acetone as it’s very strong.
Step 2: Mix acetone with water
In a bucket combine a 50-50 mix of acetone and water, wearing gloves if necessary. Be careful not to use too much of either as you will be wasting your materials. You only need a small amount of liquid to dip your sponge in.
Step 3: Apply to area
Dip a sponge in the acetone mix then lightly scrub your sticker off.
Hairdryer and floss
This might sound like something from a comedy movie but yes, your hairdryer and some floss is the perfect low-cost solution to taking care of stickers in your car. Obviously, this isn’t a viable option for heavy-duty stickers but for the old remnants that you want to finally get rid of and for smaller stickers, this will work a charm.
Step 1: Apply hairdryer to area
Direct your hot hair dryer at the sticker until you see it start to lift off the car surface slightly. This indicates the adhesive is starting to break down and the sticker should come off quite easily.
Step 2: Peel away remnants of sticker
Using the floss, get this underneath the sticker and start to peel off the sticker piece by piece.
Step 3: Remove residue
Other methods we have mentioned can then be used to get rid of any residue left over. Unfortunately, a hairdryer will not be enough to fully destroy residue.