Introduction: How to Remove Logos From Your PDA / Cell Phone With Sugar

Picture of How to Remove Logos From Your PDA / Cell Phone With Sugar

Please don't try this if you are unsure about putting you phone in slight danger... i can't repair phones... (Although there should not be any damage as it is quite easy)

updateNOTE: This does not work with plastic covers! The sugar will leave scratch marks on it. (if you are careful only vary few)

This instructable is to show you how easy it is to remove some unwanted logo's from cell phones and other plastic / metal products. The logo has to be of the type glued onto the surface rather then etched in (which generally is the case 90% of the time) as we will scratch them off. There are many ways which you can go about this from fingernails, to pin, but there is one trick, which i have tested and will show you...


The key is to scratch of the logo without leaving and marks on the surface of the phone (in my case PDA). Sugar works perfectly. The idea of using sugar is admittedly not my own. I first came across it on the following forum. Yet, I was not sure whether it actually works, and how to go about it. So I just decided to do it: and the results are good. Apparently the sugars -crystals are strong enough to remove the logo (sticker) but too soft to scratch the casing leaving it thus unscathed.

Whatever the reasons: it works!

Note: I edited the pictures so that important parts stand out.

Step 1: The Utensils:

Picture of The Utensils:
Really all you need is

  • Your logo infested cell-phone, pager, whatever
  • Several cubes of sugar: I hardly used one, but according to other sources they need up to twelve, so a few extra can’t hurt [you can eat the leftovers ;)] )

Additional things which might be useful:

  • TAPE!! It is important as you don’t want sugar getting into your phone
  • a newspaper: you might want to limit any mess by using a newspaper as protection for your desk/workstation.
  • a pin to remove any sugar in niche
  • cloth to wipe off the sugar

The tape really is essential as you don’t want sugar in your phone. Having that said, I did not get any hands-on experience of any device malfunctioning because of sugar in the mechanics, but it certainly is not a good idea. Especially the spaces between the buttons provide excellent sugar traps. So in case you are extra picky (like me) you might want to have a pin handy in case you see some sugar trying to get in. I was extra careful and put on new tape ever so often. Firstly some sugar might just sneak under it, and more importantly my continuous rubbing did not leave the tape unharmed, so I replaced the tape a few times to be on the safe side.

Step 2: Applying the Tape

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The point of the tape is to stop sugar from getting into the phone. So I have applied it all around the area of the logo. Even further where there were obvious slits where sugar could easily enter.

As one can see in the picture, there is still some slits exposed, (I covered them up afterwards).

Make sure that right at the logo, the tape is applied firmly so that nothing can slip through. On the other ends it is not so important to have the tape as tight. (you can see that I even just let it stand over the edge)

Step 3: Rubbing the Sugar

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Now, it’s time to get rid of the logo by firmly rubbing it with the sugar. I made a video just to show how strong you can be with it. The main concern is actually not that you scratch the casing but that you scratch off the tape.

This actually takes a long time until you actually see results. It is easiest to use the corners of the sugar cubes. As they provide more control. It is easiest to scratch with one hand and hold the phone steady with the other. (it should just come naturally)

Periodically you will have to remove the tape, and put new tape on as you might have damaged and loosened it with too vigorous rubbing. This should not be a problem if you make sure before you put on the new tape the all the sugar is wiped off using some cloth. (fingers might get sweaty and make the sugar sticky)

Once the whole logo is off, you can use the cloth (my t-shirt) to wipe of the sugar as some will inevitably stick. Now you might get the impression that there are several scratches in the casing. In my case that was just ‘leftover’ of the logo (the glue I believe). This means some more rubbing with the sugar.

The tapes may have left a mark but with some dry cleaning with cloth and continuous use these should disappear quickly.

Step 4: The Results

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The results are excellent with no trace of the logo, and no trace on the case.


brettmich (author)2014-08-24

thanks, works good for me

nerd12 (author)2012-03-09

i like to dip sugar cubes into my coffee and eat them. thats why hotels hide their sugar cubes when they see me comming in. :)

xinistrom (author)2012-03-09

does normal sugar work? just putting some on and rubbing?

blackbeardrrr (author)2006-09-08

Does anyone think that this would work on a vehicle? For those dealership/carmax brandings?

When buying from a dealership I always ask for the stickers to be removed or no deal unless they are willing to pay a $6,000 advertising fee for the sticker to stay for one year. Needless to say, they remove the sticker.

I always used a heat gun to remove them when I spent a summer working for a car dealership. Worked very quickly. Then just use some goo gone or similar thing to remove the leftover glue after the decal peels off once hot.

Whatnot (author)spinach_dip2010-04-12

Some WD40 will also remove the glue, and can be used to get rid of stickers although obviously it will have to get under it if it's waterproof so other methods work quicker.
WD40 also nicely removes pricing-labels if they are a bit too clingy.

3M makes an eraser wheel that attaches to a drill, works great for getting 'badges' off your vehicle too! but be careful, i once got pulled over because the officer didn't think my car was what it said it was when he ran my plates : /

AskSteve (author)blackbeardrrr2006-09-09

The carmax branding is just a sticker, carefully peel it off and deal with any residual glue in the normal manner, roll it off, pencil eraser, goof off (tested first), etc. It was put on after the car had some miles and was cleaned, so the paint underneath should be pretty close to the color of the rest of the car, and the sooner you get it off the better.

kday (author)blackbeardrrr2006-09-09

Dude, I got my car from carmax, and I had those exact some stickers. You can just peel those stickers off. just use your finger nails. The oly thing you have to worry about is scratching the paint wiht your finger nails. They put about 3 or 4 different markings on my car. There will a couple on the windows, and one on the back is I remember correctly. They should all come off by using your fingers and finger nails. They might be a little hard to peel back at first, but as soon as you get an edge up, it comes off easily. There was no residue left behind with my stickers. They only thing there was were my finger prints.

RDAC (author)blackbeardrrr2006-09-08

No, but go get some 3M wax and grease remover and give it a try. A little goes a long way with that stuff. Also, go down to your local automotive store and ask for a 3M Stripe Off wheel. Mount it to a drill and go to town on that pesky decal. Remember, the key is to take off as much as you can without burning through the clearcoat, so take your time, don't stay in one spot too long and don't get the surface too hot. Some of the wheels smell like butterscotch as they remove the decal. Look for the brown thick ones if that's important to you. Otherwise, either the solid block or the cheaper finned multi-wheels will work for you.

coniosis11 (author)2012-03-09

Yeah I know that before...

inicholson (author)2012-02-27

Will this method work to remove the logo from my phone? The logo appears to be some kind of fruit but it's obviously been applied badly as the fruit looks as if it has a bite out of it. The phone appears to be made of some kind of glass (though it's metal around the edge). Anyway, it's kind of embarrassing so I'd like to remove it.

curious youth (author)inicholson2012-03-09

LOL witty. i like it.

Awesome-aniac (author)inicholson2012-03-09

Haha, I like what you did there.

locknload1 (author)2011-09-20

You're kidding right durgledoggy, did you see chenboyu's photo? What you trying to do scare the pretty ones away?
It's okay darlin, you ask all the questions you want! And, I'd like to add BEAUTIFUL EYES!

KyleofAsgard (author)locknload12011-09-21

Thats a man.....
:D have fun

locknload1 (author)KyleofAsgard2011-09-21

See what happens when you spend all your time in science class and zero time in health class?
That person in the photo I referred to is in fact a female of our species, and they happen to be lots and lots of fun!
Now the registrant, THAT may or may not be a female I agree... at least I hope that's what you mean. At any rate, I believe in an analog world I could probably tell the difference... again, I hope!

KyleofAsgard (author)locknload12011-09-26

Oh, wow, Thats fantastic that you read my school report, You would also know that I am one of the top physical performance students?

In addition to that, I am just admiring the part of "her" profile that says

Web Site
Age: 27
Gender: guy

I am all for being charming and charismatic, but if it was a woman, then your comment would just make her feel very awkward.

locknload1 (author)KyleofAsgard2011-09-26

"person in the photo I referred to is in fact a female"
"THAT may or may not be a female I agree"

Yeah, and if that WERE A REAL WOMAN she'd be totally comfortable discovering that a guy who likes dressing up like a warlock checked out her profile to verify if she were really a girl or not.

LOL! We'd probably both be out of luck!?!?!
I was just playing with you thund3rcock , I mean you no harm. In fact we'll probably never cross paths in real life, right?

KyleofAsgard (author)locknload12011-09-27

Depends.... are you a templar? :D

locknload1 (author)KyleofAsgard2011-09-28

No... a Spaniard. =0)

kambizpascia (author)2006-12-03


locknload1 (author)kambizpascia2011-09-20

Great job kambizpascia!

spankval (author)kambizpascia2007-02-08

good to point out!!

agis68 (author)2010-10-26

why we should do this? We love logos! ;)

powercamg4 (author)2008-06-17

i used to scrub and lick the logo to death and....... some time i get sick from the logo paint. Thanks!

winterfresh (author)powercamg42010-04-05

Many logos were hurt during the posting/commenting of this instructable. Faint of heart, please avert your eyes.

pojken (author)2006-11-30

Is there any way to remove the ink from a wine/alcohol bottle? There is this Swedish vodka that has an amazing blue bottle. I tried the sugar method and it didn't work on that. I don't have a heat gun and solvents are hard to find (in Sweden).

ryzellon (author)pojken2007-09-27

Depends on what kind of ink is used. I can tell you about my experiences:
Ever seen Bawls? Bawl's "ink" is actually vitreous enamel. The stuff isn't merely stuck on, it's pigmented glass fused to the bottle. (Think "welded" and not "soldered") The only method that will remove the enamel is to physically grind it off, which totally ruins the bottle.
When I wrote to the Bawls company asking their advice on removing the text, they suggested soap and steel wool. I tried it, and it totally failed. Steel wool might scratch glass, but even a tempered file could barely remove the enamel, so I decided they simply didn't know their product. I wrote to an enamel manufacturer, and they said that enamel could be thermally shocked off of metal backings, but when vitreous enamel is used on glass, it's a lost cause.

I'm reasonably sure that the ink on your vodka bottle is enamel. Vodka is probably strong enough to remove most adhesive inks, so they would probably opt for something that'll resist solvents.

mdeblasi1 (author)ryzellon2010-04-04

I suggest grinding the logo off the bottle.  3M makes various grits of grinding wheels. Start with the coarsest and work your way up through the grits until you get back to a high polish. 
That's how iI would do it on Metal, anyway.  I presume glass would work the same, but you might need diamond based abrasives.

hackerlife (author)ryzellon2009-02-08

I love Bawls!!!

vicvelcro (author)pojken2007-01-07

Toothpaste. Not gel. A very fine abrasive. I use it on my plastic lensed eyeglasses to polish out scratches. It will remove paint and ink from glass and hard plastics without leaving a dull spot afterward. I wouldn't suggest it for softer plastics like digital watch faces and cell phone/ipod/portable-game displays. If anyone decides to try this on softer plastic, I suggest you do it on something already broken or mangled. -Vic

TweekinDragon (author)pojken2006-12-30

dont know what kinda bottle it is but if you can fill the ink with your finger try a razor or sharp knife if you do it right you shouldnt leave a scratch but if you cant fill it ,it may be part of the glass and wont come out

buchd (author)pojken2006-12-27

let me know if you find out how to do that... I'm trying to do the same thing. =)

thepelton (author)2010-04-03

WD40 is a good solvent for removing labels from nonporous surfaces.  Not sure how it would work in this example.

chenboyu (author)2010-03-17

Will that sugar cube scratch t

fwjs28 (author)2009-04-28

congrats, this got featured on stumble upon....just stumbled it

ginz87 (author)2009-03-07

Would this work on the Nokia E71? I think the phone is stainless steel. I recently upgraded my plan with Vodafone and they had given me this phone and they have put their stupid ugly logo at the bottom of the phone and I want it gone! makes me tired just looking at it. Anyone tried this with stainless steel successfully? Thanks heaps

kambizpascia (author)2006-12-03


sumdude4 (author)kambizpascia2008-09-29

I thought sugar would be too abrasive.. But I think i found a way for plastic. q-tips. baking soda and a few drops of water. :)

kambizpascia (author)sumdude42008-10-04

Thank you

brandingassassin (author)2006-09-09

What I really want to do is remove the little "M" motorola medalions from my razr. Those things are shiny, silver, and extremely aesthetics-killing on my (otherwise completely) flat-black razr. any ideas?

haha, spray paint over it.

If anyone has info how to remove "M" silver logo on front of phone...Let me know.

samphex (author)2008-02-02

would this work to remove the sprint logo from this centro? I canot tell if it is metal or plastic....

Babyshoes (author)2007-09-28

Whatever you do, don't use salt as a substitute - you might think it would work better, being a smaller size, but It has sharper edges than sugar and will probably scratch more.

zachninme (author)2006-09-28

This is for things printed with INK. NOT IMBOSSED like the PSP. If it is the same color as the metal, it won't work.

aiden120000 (author)zachninme2007-07-28

it was ink, it was the sony logo on the shiny front panel

rich60 (author)2007-02-17

The best thing to remove lables from any type of material isorange oil. If you can't get orange oil, then a few drops of WD40 will remove them.

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