How to Remove Stickers from Your Car

Man Wiping Down Car

Maybe your interests have changed and need to shuck that old bumper sticker — or maybe you bought a a used car from a O'Fallon driver who liked bumper stickers a little bit too much. We’ve all been there, but thankfully, it only takes a minute to learn how to remove stickers from your car. The team at the Auffenberg Dealer Group has laid out everything you need to know.

How to Get Stickers Off a Car Body

Learning how to get stickers off a car is quick and easy, but if you don’t have the right products on hand, you’re going to end up working very hard. Aside from household items you may already have on hand, you can get everything you need from a local parts department near Caseyville or Edwardsville.

 Here’s what you should have on hand before you get started:

  • Car washing soap
  • A hair dryer
  • A plastic card, like a driver’s license
  • Tree sap remover, or a specialized product like Goo Gone Automotive
  • Clean, dry microfiber towels

With the appropriate products on hand, removing stickers and residue should only take a few moments: 

  1. Use your car wash soap to clean the sticker and the surrounding area.
  2. Turn the hairdryer to its hottest setting, and power it on. Holding it 2-3 inches away from the vehicle, work from the inside out to heat the entire sticker.
  3. The process of wetting and drying the sticker should weaken the glue. Once your sticker has been thoroughly heated, use your plastic card to push underneath the sticker’s edge. Once it starts to lift, you might be able to peel it off. More likely, you’ll need to work bit by bit. 
  4. If glue remains on the outside of your vehicle, you’ll need to know how to remove sticker residue from a car body. Just take your clean, dry microfiber towel and apply your chosen residue remover. Wipe with light pressure until the mess disappears.

How to Get Stickers Off a Car Window

If you need to get stickers off a car window, you can leave the hair dryer behind. For this process, you’ll also need a razor blade instead of a plastic card, and although you won’t be able to use Goo Gone here, dish soap or rubbing alcohol may be able to remove your residue. With your clean, dry microfiber towels on hand, you’re ready to get started:

  1. Use your razor blade to peel up the edge of the sticker. Work very carefully, and remember: Using a razor blade on tinted windows is a bad idea. If you’re trying to remove stickers from a tinted window, you’re going to need a little extra patience.
  2. You should be able to remove the sticker from the window from the window alone. Then you’ll tackle the residue.
  3. Since you’re not at risk of damaging your windows, much residue can be removed with dish soap and hot water. If these household products don’t do the trick, apply the razorblade to the residue or move on to the next steps.
  4. As a last resort, you might be able to use rubbing alcohol to lift the sticker residue from the car. Apply the alcohol to a paper towel, and scrub gently. Then, use a damp microfiber towel to cleanse the surface, and a fresh, clean one to dry!
 Woman Wiping Down Car Mirror

Learn More with the Auffenberg Dealer Group!

Now that you’ve seen how to remove stickers from a car and lift up residue with ease, we wouldn’t blame you if you were eager to get started on the next DIY task! Why not start by learning how to clean car floor mats or how to clean leather car seats? If you end up facing unforeseen difficulties when you’re getting stickers off your car, the Auffenberg body shop may be able to help!

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O'Fallon, IL, 62269 US
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