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How To Remove Bumper Stickers Without Destroying Your Car

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Save the Earth designed and sold by kondratya

Do you have old bumper stickers on your car that have outlived their life? Maybe your favorite politician has retired or your honor student has become a parent themselves. Let’s learn how to remove bumper stickers, so you don’t damage your car’s windows or paint job. 

Bumper stickers are meant to withstand rain, mud, and all kinds of weather, so, understandably, it’s not always simple figuring out how to remove old bumper stickers from glass or paint. Let’s look at a few different methods of bumper sticker removal that take the guesswork — and hassle — out of the process. 

How To Remove Bumper Stickers From Your Car

feminism is for everyone bumper sticker

Feminism is For Everyone designed and sold by Elizabeth Hudy

The good news is that you can learn how to remove bumper stickers without damaging paint with some simple household products that you likely already have lying around.  We’ll look at ten methods that require a little bit of elbow grease and a few minutes of your time. Say goodbye to your old bumper stickers and hello to a new-to-you ride. 

The Vinegar Method

Tools needed:

  • White vinegar
  • Bowl
  • Clean paper towel 
  • Car-safe buffer pad and wax

White vinegar is known for its potent cleaning properties and has become a popular household product for those avoiding harsh chemicals that are often found in commercial cleaners. The Vinegar Method uses white vinegar for cars because it’s gentle yet effective at loosening and removing the adhesive of bumper stickers. 

If you want to know how to remove bumper stickers without damaging paint, saturate the paper towel in a bowl of vinegar. Then stick or press the paper towel over the bumper sticker. 

Press down and let it soak for 3-5 minutes, and then you can start slowly peeling it up and away from the car. Use a clean cloth with alcohol or more vinegar to remove any leftover adhesive, and then apply wax with a buffer pad to the now sticker-free spot to make it shine. 

The WD-40 Method

Tools needed: 

  • WD-40
  • Eye protection
  • Credit card or a rubber spatula 
  • Car-safe buffer pad and wax

The WD-40 method is a quick and straightforward way to learn how to remove stickers from a car. First, protect your eyeballs. Then take your WD-40 and spray it directly to the corners of the bumper sticker. Allow it to soak in for about 5 minutes, and then start to peel up the corners with a rubber spatula, credit card, or even your fingers. 

You’ll want to pull it off while keeping the sticker as flat as possible to help minimize the adhesive residue. You can use a clean cloth and rubbing alcohol to wipe it away if any gets left behind. If your bumper sticker is being finicky, just add a little more WD-40 to help loosen it up. Once it’s clean, use a buffer pad designed for cars to apply some wax over the spot.

wave and sun bumper sticker

Sun & Sea designed and sold by thepapercrane

The Heat Method

Tools needed: 

  • Hair blow dryer
  • Credit card or a rubber spatula
  • Rubbing alcohol and a clean cloth
  • Car-safe buffer pad and wax

Sometimes all you need is a bit of heat to blast away stubborn bumper sticker residue. The Heat Method is a quick and easy way to remove bumper stickers from paint and just requires a little care and patience to remove it. When you turn on your blow dryer, you want to make sure it’s at least 6 inches away from the car. If it’s closer, the heat could damage your paint or possibly melt your bumper — eek! 

Evenly heat the entire bumper sticker from this distance for about a minute to soften the adhesive, and then lift a corner with your rubber spatula or credit card. From here, you can start peeling up the bumper sticker. 

If you get to some stubborn areas, use the heat at a safe distance with one hand, and pull the sticker away with the other. Use rubbing alcohol and a clean cloth to remove leftover residue, and then apply wax to the area. 

How To Remove Bumper Stickers From Glass

road trip bumper sticker

Road Trip USA designed and sold by cabinsupplyco

Do you want to know how to remove bumper stickers from glass surfaces like windows and mirrors? If so, we’ve got some simple solutions for you. Sometimes it’s easier to remove the bumper stickers from glass than it is the paint, and it just takes some care and a gentle touch to leave your car looking as good as new. 

Window Cleaner

Tools needed: 

  • Window cleaner
  • Paper towel 
  • Credit card to lift the sticker

If you want to know how to remove bumper stickers from glass, you might want to try window cleaner. This might be one of the more tedious processes, along with boiling water, but it is an option if it’s all you have on hand. Spray the sticker with the window cleaner and allow it to soak for a few minutes. 

You can also soak a clean paper towel in the window cleaner and press it over the top of the sticker. After a few minutes, start to peel it up slowly but surely until the sticker is removed. 

Rubbing Alcohol

Tools needed: 

  • Rubbing alcohol 
  • Clean cloth or paper towel
  • Credit card or tool to lift the sticker

Rubbing alcohol is a great product to have on hand because it has many different uses. You can remove stickers from your car windows with rubbing alcohol and a clean cloth. Saturate the cloth or paper towel in rubbing alcohol and then apply it to the sticker for a few minutes. 

Once it’s soaked, start peeling up the bumper sticker’s corner and removing it from the glass. You might need a credit card to help get it off. Use the rubbing alcohol to remove any leftover residue. 

WD-40

Tools needed: 

  • WD-40
  • Clean cloth
  • Tool to lift the bumper sticker
  • Soap and water

WD-40 works for removing bumper stickers from your paint, and you can also use it to remove bumper stickers from glass. Just spray directly onto the bumper sticker and the area surrounding it. 

Allow it to soak in for a few minutes, then lift a corner of the sticker and start peeling it away. Before rinsing with soap and water, you can use rubbing alcohol, WD-40, or your Goo Gone Spray to remove any leftover sticky residue. 

save the earth bumper sticker

Save the Earth designed and sold by kondratya

Goo Gone Spray

Tools needed: 

  • Goo Gone Spray  for cars
  • A  rubber spatula or credit card
  • Soap and water

If you’re wondering how to remove bumper stickers from glass, we’ve got you covered. It’s quite simple. Apply Goo Gone Spray specifically designed for cars to the bumper sticker and the immediate area surrounding it. Allow it to soak in for 1-3 minutes to give it time to break down the adhesive. Then start peeling up at a corner. You can use your fingernail or another tool to help lift the sticker away. Once it’s completely removed, rinse with soap and water to clean the area. 

Boiling Water

Tools needed: 

  • Boiling water
  • Pot with handle
  • Oven mitts or heat resistant gloves
  • Credit card or rubber spatula
  • Rubbing alcohol and clean cloth

Using boiling water to remove a bumper sticker from glass windows or surfaces is one of the more tedious processes. It utilizes heat to remove the sticker but might require several attempts or “pours” to get the sticker adhesive to release. Just pour the boiling water over the sticker, and loosen a corner. Make sure to use safety precautions like wearing heat resistant gloves and positioning yourself where you won’t get splashed with the hot water. Then use your tool to peel the sticker up. You can use rubbing alcohol and a clean cloth to remove excess residue.

Ice Pack

Tools needed: 

  • Ice pack
  • Credit card
  • Goo Gone Spray or rubbing alcohol and clean cloth

Removing a bumper sticker from glass with an ice pack might seem counterintuitive, but it can work. The idea is to harden the sticker adhesive and slowly chip away at the sticker using a credit card. Some people may suggest using a razor blade to get the bumper sticker off, but it’s best to avoid using a razor because it could scratch the glass. Once the sticker is removed, use your Goo Gone Spray or rubbing alcohol to remove leftover residue. 

give me space bumper sticker

Give Me Space designed and sold by rfad

You don’t have to leave old bumper stickers on your car or other surfaces forever. Learning how to remove bumper stickers is simple with the right instructions and tools. If you’re ready to remove your old stickers and freshen them up with new bumper stickers, try out one or more of these methods and reinvent the look of your car. You can also use some of the above tips to remove stickers from your laptop or other household items. 

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