The windshields of our cars take a lot of use and abuse. Not only do they prevent bugs and debris from entering the cabin, but they also play an essential role in keeping us safe. They host several necessary and unnecessary add-ons such as stickers and decals.
These stickers and decals can leave a residue on the glass. This residue can be challenging to remove, especially if the sticker or decal has been in place for many years.
Chances are you have tried, and failed, to fully remove a sticker or decal from your car’s glass. If you have, it probably took hours of work and a lot of elbow grease. Simply soaking the area in water and then trying to scrape off the residue doesn’t work well. Fortunately, there are several methods available where you can quickly and easily remove stubborn stickers and decals from your car’s windows without causing damage and spending hours of work.
Windshield Care Tips: How To Safely Remove Stickers And Decals From Your Auto Glass
Take a look at some of the following windshield care tips when removing stickers. Note that these methods require the use of a razor blade to thoroughly remove the sticker. Also, some methods require the use of a paper towel or soft cloth to get rid of residue.
Tip 1: Window Detergent
Cleaners, especially those formulated for windows, are great for this purpose. Spray the solution on the sticker and let it sit for a few minutes. Then, begin to pull it off by prying off a corner with the razor blade. The outside of the sticker should start to soften gently. When this occurs, begin to chip away at it until you remove it.
Tip 2: Try Using Goo Gone
You may have a bottle of this commercial substance in the garage. It is formulated to take sticky stuff off surfaces. Even though Goo Gone comes with a warning about testing a surface before using it, don’t be afraid to use it on your car’s windows. Spray or dab some of this non-toxic chemical on the sticker and wait a few minutes. You should be able to remove the item by hand altogether. If some residue remains, dab more Goo Gone on it and then wipe off the rest.
Tip 3: Give WD-40 A Shot
This commercially available chemical spray is most often used by do-it-yourselfers to lubricate and loosen hard-to-move nuts and bolts that may have rusted. You can also use it to remove decals. Spray some evenly over the entire decal. Wait a few minutes and use a soft cloth to wipe it away.
Tip 4: Denatured Rubbing Alcohol
If you are cautious about using chemicals to remove stickers, try this natural solution, which is more commonly called rubbing alcohol. This method won’t take much effort, either.
Soak a paper towel with the alcohol and then dab at the decal until it is completely soaked. Keep doing so until the decal starts to crumble and soften.
Once this occurs, take a razor blade to lift it off the glass. Once you remove the decal and no residue remains, take another paper towel, soak it with water with it, and then dry it.
Tip 5: Freeze The Sticker Or Decal
Another method that works well is freezing the sticker or decal. Take an ice cube or a flexible cold pack that has been in the freezer. Hold it over the area for several minutes. Use a razor blade to lift off the item. Repeat until no residue remains.
Tip 6: Apply Heat
If cold isn’t to your liking, apply hot water to the area. Add a little dish detergent to the water and soak the decal with it. You may want to soak a soft cloth with this mixture to help speed the process. After a few moments, try lifting it. Repeat the process as necessary.
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