How to Remove Stickers from Cars (Window and Body)

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Do you have stickers on your car? Do they need to come off? We all know how much of a pain it is when we (or someone else) puts these things on and then we want them gone.

Luckily, there are some ways that you can remove those pesky stickers from your vehicle without too much trouble. In this blog post, we will show you how to remove the stickers from both the windows and body of your car!

How to remove stickers from car windows

Because stickers are designed to stay attached and not come off easily, it can be difficult to remove them from a car window.

Follow the steps below to get your sticker or decal off in no time. You may be able to skip some of these steps depending on how firmly attached the sticker is.

  1. Spray a window cleaner like Windex on and around the sticker and clean with a microfibre towel. This is to ensure the glass is clean and there is no dirt that could scratch the window.
  2. (Optional) Gently apply heat with a hairdryer or heat gun. This will loosen up the glue and make the sticker more pliable and easier to peel off. An alternative is to pour very hot water over the sticker.
  3. Spray the sticker again with the glass cleaner. (Some people recommend Metholated Spirits or Turpentine as a replacement).
  4. Use a razor blade. Be careful not to cut yourself, but using a razor blade can help you scrape away at stubborn stickers that seem like they’ll never come off. Ensure the blade is clean before starting and make sure you don’t damage the glass.
  5. Once the sticker has been removed, re-spray the glue with the glass cleaner and use the blade to scrape away the remaining glue. If the remaining residue won’t budge, try a product like Goo-Gone.

NOTE: While the razor blade is an effective tool in this process, there is the risk of injury or damage to your vehicle. If you don’t want to take these risks, consider a product like this plastic razor blade.

How to remove stickers from the car body

Stuck with a bumper sticker you want gone? This is the solution.

  1. Wash the sticker and the area around it with warm soapy water.
  2. Loosen the glue behind the sticker by applying heat with a hairdryer, heat gun, or very hot water.
  3. Use a thin plastic tool (e.g. credit card or plastic razor blade) or your fingernail to lift a corner of the sticker. Don’t use a razor blade as this will likely damage the paint.
  4. Slowly pull the sticker away from the paint. Try to pull almost horizontal with the body of the car, as opposed to directly out towards you, to reduce the strain put on the paintwork and reduce the chance of removing paint.
  5. If there is remaining glue, you may be able to gently scrape this off, or use a bug and tar remover designed for automotive paint.
  6. If this doesn’t work, try an adhesive remover spray that is safe to use on automotive paint.
  7. If this doesn’t work try using white vinegar. Soak the area with vinegar (try a damp paper towel) for a few minutes, then scrape it away with your plastic tool.
  8. Wash the area using your warm soapy water and a microfibre towel.

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FAQ

What Adhesive Remover is safe for car paint?

3M Adhesive Remover is safe for car paint and will not do any permanent damage.

Does WD-40 remove stickers from glass?

WD-40 is safe to use on glass, but it will likely not be as effective as other options for removing the adhesive.