Removing your favorite sticker from your car is an easy yet delicate task. When done right, the windshield will be left spotless, and you’ll be happy.
But if for some reason you make a mistake, your vehicle will be left with a nasty sticker stain that could look really ugly in the long run. In case this happens to you, don’t fret, we’ve got a few tips that would hopefully save your time.
Before applying any of these techniques, it’s highly recommended that you clean your windshield or the affected area first, to prevent additional dust sticking into the substance.
Tip #1 - Rub and clean
We’ll start with the ole rub and clean. Soak the sticker goo in dish washing soap, and try to rub it off using a microfiber towel. Aside from dish washing soap, you can also use isopropyl alcohol as an alternative. This may take some time and a lot of elbow grease, but the materials needed are available in almost every household making it the first and easiest option to try.
Tip #2 - Scraping
Frustrated that the adhesive hasn’t come off? Again pour dishwashing liquid. Grab a razor blade and start scraping the glue off the windshield at a shallow angle. Just a word of caution, do not do this on the other side of the windshield as it will cause scratches.
Tip #3 - Penetrating Spray
If you don't like rubbing or scraping, using a penetrating spray such as WD-40 is another option. Soaking the remnants in this solution will break down the glue in minutes which in turn will make it easy to rub off. Just don’t spray it on the car’s paint, and make sure to soap and rinse the area after to dissolve the solution.
Tip #3 - Dedicated adhesive remover
If all else fails, drop by the nearest hardware store and buy a dedicated adhesive remover like Goo Gone. You can straight on spray it on the sticker or its remnants then let it sit for a few minutes. You can then peel or rub the whole thing off without a hitch.
Final note: Whatever method you use, always exercise caution and wear the proper safety equipment such as goggles, face mask, gloves, and an apron. You wouldn’t want to damage your car’s windshield or hurt yourself in the process.