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    Need suggestions for removing glue

    Actually its not really glue. I removed some decals and I need to remove the remaining sticky stuff. Mineral spirits did not cut it. PVC pipe cleaner it thinning the paint more than I want. Windex removed a little of it with a lot of muscle on my part. Any suggestions?

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    Lacquer thinner works for most stickers

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    Lacquer thinner or Turpentine will do it

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    It all depends on the type of adhesive. I've used Xylol, Denatured Alcohol, Paint Thinner, or Acetone...depending on the surface and type of sticker glue.

    [EDIT] - also try WD40.

    Just test a small area first if it has a finish you don't want damaged.

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    I know this sounds weird but if you know anyone that lays asphalt, see if they can get soy solv. Its a bio degradable solvent for removing asphalt oil but it works wonders on adhesives.

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    auto parts store or automotive paint supply store should have adhesive remover for most automotive type decals

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    I've had very good luck with Goo-Gone removing sticky stuff.

    In some cases I use it to soften and unstick it a bit then use a plastic credit card to scrape it loose. Then clean one last time with goo-gone and a soft cloth.

    I'm a firm believer in that stuff. Works wonders on cosmolene.

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    Quote Originally Posted by JBinMN View Post
    Another one to try is Nail Polish Remover.


    G'Luck!
    acetone removes paint

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    DNA will probably cut it, but have you tried simple green? It will cut a lot of adhesives.

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    Most of the above mentioned are good, excepting acetone. That only if on something that the finish is be re done or on a bare metal or glass surface.

    Isopropyl alcohol will work on some, better that lacquer thinner. Thinner evaporates too fast, starts to work and then gums up when it dissipates.

    Be careful that there is no dirt stuck to the remaining adhesive, if you start rubbing hard it will scratch the painted surface along with removing the glue. Been there, done that! HTH.

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    WD-40
    or alcohol

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    I've used GooGone and WD 40 on various types of adhesives. I've used Hope's No 9 on left over glue from stickers and it worked as well

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    When I worked at the TV/appliance shop we used WD-40 to remove labels, or cigarette lighter fluid.

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    Wd40 works for most sticker glue
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    On some ice rubbed on it cools breaks the bond when it cools the adhesive rubbing it off. Just let the ice cube melt some to remove any sharp edges before rubbing

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    Quote Originally Posted by BrassMagnet View Post
    WD-40
    or alcohol

    This here ^^^

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    As said by other posts, WD 40. That's my go to for any type of adhesive used with paper. Also works well with magic marker. Just remove and then spray window cleaner on the surface to remove/degrease the WD 40. 4 or 5 years ago, one of my grandsons was to pitch a game on the last day of school. He thought getting his classmates to autograph his arm would be neat. Our umpires wouldn't let kids pitch if they had any distractors on them. I took WD 40 and a paper towel and got it all off, then had him wash up good. Worked fine. I did put a little on the inside of his elbow and watched it for a while to make sure he wouldn't have irritation from it before I did it.
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    Thanks for the suggestions everyone. I'll pick up some WD-40 and give it a try. Love the smell!

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    They may not all be alike, but I found real turpentine worked when the substitute we call white spirit wouldn't, and a lot of other things are more likely to damage the finish. It isn't that easy to find any more, but an artists' materials shop will certainly have it.

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    Also, you might try some go-jo hand cleaner (NOT with pumice though).

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