How to Remove Stickers from a Car

Peeling Sticker Off Windshield


Maybe you’ve just purchased a pre-owned vehicle that someone who really loved bumper stickers formerly owned. Maybe you’re a woke parent who values their children’s self-expression enough to have let them pepper your car’s rear windows with stickers but, for whatever reason, (including trading in your vehicle), are now looking to remove them. Maybe, you’re trying to remove parking stickers, membership passes, or gate barcode stickers off your vehicle. Regardless, Harvest Honda Yakima is here to help you learn how to remove stickers (and sticker residue) from your car’s windows or paint! Read on or contact us to learn all about it.



How to Get Stickers Off Car Paint

These are the products you can most reliably use to help you remove stickers from your car:

  • Car wash soap
  • Plastic card (library card, membership card, etc.) 
  • Tree sap remover or Goo Gone Automotive 
  • A hairdryer
  • Clean, dry towels

Once you’ve gathered all the above materials, it’s time to begin the sticker removal process. Here’s what to do:

  1. Clean the entire sticker and surrounding area using car wash soap.
  2. Set your hairdryer to hot, hold it about two or three inches away from the sticker for a few seconds, and then work the sticker area with heat, starting with the inside/center and moving out.
  3. Use your plastic card to gently push the sticker from one side to another. If you see the adhesive residue beginning to lift up, then you should be able to slowly peel the rest off, though it may be necessary to repeat the heating and peeling process multiple times. Your sticker might come off in pieces also rather than in one fell swoop, especially if it’s adhered longer. 
  4. You may have a layer of residue left on your car after the sticker is gone, at which point the question becomes how to remove sticker residue from a car. Take your clean, dry cloth and some tree sap remover or Goo Gone Automotive and wipe with gentle pressure until the residue has been removed. It helps if the resitude is warm.

How to Get Stickers Off Car Windows

When removing stickers from car windows, you generally don’t need to do any heating, unless you want to warm up the window and sticker in the cold winter months. Generally, though, you’ll only need a glass scraper-type razor blade. Just be mindful of your safety and never use a razor blade on the inside of tinted windows. The necessary products are as follows for how to get stickers off car glass:

  • Razor blade
  • Clean, dry towels
  • Rubbing alcohol 
  • Dish soap and hot water

With this equipment in hand, you’re ready to begin the removal process:

  1. Use the razor blade to peel up part of sticker, always pushing away from you, NOT towards you. Remove the sticker as much as you can manually, by hand.
  2. Use the dish soap and hot water mixture with your clean towel to rub off the sticker residue until it begins to dissipate. This may do the trick and finish the job, or you may have to continue with the following steps.
  3. If the soap and hot water did not get all of the sticker residue off, you can take your razor blade and carefully scrape at the residue until it lifts. 
  4. If you’ve got some particularly stubborn sticker residue and the above steps couldn’t complete the job, rubbing alcohol often works. Just soak a paper towel in the rubbing alcohol and scrub away, alternating with the razor if needed, and wiping at the end with a wet or damp cloth.

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