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Despite the need to display tax discs in your windscreen has long passed, there are still adhesive stickers that need to be shown in your car window or windscreen. Parking permits, blue badges for drivers with disabilities or even a simple “Baby On Board” sign, sometimes the adhesive residue is tricky to remove.

Here are 5 handy tips to remove stickers and sticker residue from your car windscreen:

  1. Window Cleaner

Spray some generic window cleaner, or similar glass cleaning solution, onto the sticker. Then you can use a sharp razor blade to slowly, and carefully, peel the sticker away from the window. Repeat the process as needed, until the sticker and residual adhesive is fully removed.

  1. WD-40

The best friend of many a mechanic, technician and engineer, WD-40 is primarily used as a lubricant, but it is also a de-greaser and water disperser. I’m fairly sure that Merlin invented WD-40 from Dragon saliva, but I could be wrong.

First, remove as much of the sticker as you can. Then, simply spray onto the sticky area and let it soak in. Then, wipe it all away with a damp cloth. Abracadabra!

  1. Adhesive Remover

There are a few adhesive removers available on the market, some of the bigger brands include Goo Gone, De.Solv.It and Auto Glym. All of these would work, however, Goo Gone tends to have a broader product range and better customer reviews.

Simply spray onto the sticker, wait a few moments, and then peel away (giggling at how easy it is, is optional).

Our friends at Signs Express, experts in applying and removing vehicle window stickers and vinyl wraps and decals, have added the following recommendation on removing bodywork stickers:

if residue is left on the vehicle after the vinyl has been removed, two of the most widely used products are Orange Peel and Rapid Remover. Both work by attacking the chemical bonds of the adhesive and allowing you to wipe it off the substrate.”

Here is a useful video on using adhesive remover to remove your car stickers:

  1. Rubbing alcohol

Simply apply some Rubbing alcohol, or isopropyl, to the sticker and leave it to dry for a few minutes. Then, the sticker should be easily peeled off the window. Use a sharp razor blade, or a clean bank card, for extra precision.

Isopropyl can be also be used to make an excellent alternative de-icer!

  1. Ice

The easily procured cold stuff can be held directly onto the sticker for a few minutes. This will then freeze the adhesive, causing it to lose its grip on your window. Then you can just chip it away using a sharp razor blade or clean bank card.

Now, I know what you’re thinking 

Is it safe to use a razor blade on a car window? The simple answer is yes if you use it properly. Make sure the blade is clean and, then use it at an angle. Using this method, with a steady hand and patient demeanour, you shouldn’t leave any scratches or marks.

Do not, however, use a razor blade on any other part of the car, as it can damage the paint and bodywork. If in doubt, then the clean edge of an old bank card, or ice scraper should work too.

With all of these methods, we strongly recommend that you wear appropriate hand and eye-wear and be in a well-ventilated environment.

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