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How to remove Logos from your PDA / cell phone with sugar

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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...

sugar.

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.
 
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nerd122 years ago
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. :)
xinistrom2 years ago
does normal sugar work? just putting some on and rubbing?
Does anyone think that this would work on a vehicle? For those dealership/carmax brandings?
http://www.cartype.com/images/page/carmax_2.jpg
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.
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 : /
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.
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.
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.
coniosis112 years ago
Yeah I know that before...
inicholson2 years ago
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.
LOL witty. i like it.
Haha, I like what you did there.
chenboyu4 years ago
Will that sugar cube scratch t
You could try reading the text before asking the question.
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!
Thats a man.....
:D have fun
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!
:D
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
http://chenboyu.com
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.
"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?
Depends.... are you a templar? :D
No... a Spaniard. =0)
ATTENTION ON PLASTIC PART NOT WORK
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Great job kambizpascia!
spankval (author)  kambizpascia7 years ago
good to point out!!
agis683 years ago
why we should do this? We love logos! ;)
powercamg46 years ago
i used to scrub and lick the logo to death and....... some time i get sick from the logo paint. Thanks!
Many logos were hurt during the posting/commenting of this instructable. Faint of heart, please avert your eyes.
pojken7 years ago
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 pojken6 years ago
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.
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.
Marya
I love Bawls!!!
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
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 pojken7 years ago
let me know if you find out how to do that... I'm trying to do the same thing. =)
thepelton4 years ago
WD40 is a good solvent for removing labels from nonporous surfaces.  Not sure how it would work in this example.
fwjs285 years ago
congrats, this got featured on stumble upon....just stumbled it
ginz875 years ago
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
BUT ATTENTION on PLASTIC PART NOT WORK
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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. :)
Thank you
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.
samphex6 years ago
would this work to remove the sprint logo from this centro? I canot tell if it is metal or plastic....
http://www.pocketpicks.co.uk/latest/wp-content/uploads/2007/08/070828%20Centro.jpg
Babyshoes6 years ago
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.
zachninme7 years ago
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.
it was ink, it was the sony logo on the shiny front panel
rich607 years ago
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.
You can get orange oil from orange peels, buy some oranges, peel em, then rub the outside, not the pith, on the logo or anything else, also excellent for cleaning knives when on camping trip, can also be used to polish brass.
mark101 rich607 years ago
oil and a LCD screen is VERY BAD
joshcube7 years ago
I read on another site (or maybe another instructable) that you can use greasless ultra spf (like 55+) sunblock as a mild abrasive. The site I read it on said the guy used it to remove a protective film on his eyeglasses that had fogged. Apparently the sunblock contains microscopic particles of aluminum oxide.
or you could take an Alcohol wet nap and rub it off.
Try Micro-Mesh Abrasives, info from Kevin Kelly Cool Tools

http://www.kk.org/cooltools/archives/001399.php

Wario7 years ago
I was reading the new issue of "Popular Sciance" at the dentist and I coulden't believe they chose this site to look for stuff to put in this magazene.Your instructible won cellphone trick of the month. !!!!!!!CONGRATS TO YOU FELLOW SCIANCE LOVER!!!!!!!
spankval (author)  Wario7 years ago
thank you :)
brilliant!
Turtlepee7 years ago
CONGRATULATIONS!!!!!!!!!!!!! This instructable, or a instructable like this, has got it's own article in Popular Science! It has a refrence to this sight
I don't know if it has any revelence but I use tabasco to remove superglue from my hands, though I wouldn't glue your hands together just to try it, also if youv'e managed to get glue in your eyes, I don't pretend to be a doctor but I don't think putting chili sauce in your eyes will help the matter. Anyway, I liked this instructable, completely pointless yet something cool to do when your bored and it proves that stuff other than a four-years old's lunch can be removed with sugar lol.
porkdemon7 years ago
you can remove some logos off toys using toothpaste, because its a mild abbraisive, im not sure if it would work but its a handy peice of information. it also works as a metal polish.
Shifman7 years ago
cool smart idea!
aiden1200007 years ago
dont do this on psp it leaves little scratches that look like finger prints
jdcb427 years ago
Oh good grief... Cayce Pollard would be proud of you... ;P

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cayce_Pollard

http://eenyweeny.com
spankval (author)  jdcb427 years ago
lol. allergic reactions to brand logos?
sdamy7 years ago
very interesting!
jrobinson57 years ago
Why didn't you remove the ugly MDA logo while you were at it?
BbyJeffy7 years ago
I just did this to remove the logo on my Nokia N70. I masked off the whole area around the logo - leaving a rectangle to "operate" in. (Note: Use thick sellotape - or just 2 layers... I found the sugar starting to break through a little near the end). I covered the area in sugar and pressed a finger tip on it all. I just rubbed until the sugar fell away or there was little of it between finger and phone. I repeated this with fresh pinches of sugar for about 2 or 3 minutes... by which time I was satisfied the logo was removed. One thing to note... the case of the phone that was also affected by the sugar being used to "scratch" the surface was a lot more shiny... buffed. Not really a big deal... certainly no scratches at all were visiible... but it was now shiny where it was less so. Thanks for the instructable! Cheers, Jeff
aiden1200007 years ago
this is on engadget!
i did this with sugar under my thumb, now i have the outhline of the walkman logo on my thumb
kP7 years ago
After you're done with the sugar cubes you can use them to charge the phone:
http://www.primidi.com/2003/09/09.html
spinach_dip kP7 years ago
Any newer links to this technology? It seems interesting.
spinach_dip7 years ago
Dun dun dun.... Here comes slashdot!
maxkelley7 years ago
I actually stuck a piece of tape (clean) in the sugar bowl, coated it with sugar, and rubbed because I didn't have sugar cubes. Sugar leaves only small, barely noticeable scratches (at least on my test subject: the Forbes logo on a CueCat)
now all we need is a way to put our name or w/e on it so it looks factory made
Testors makes a DIY decal kit, you print your own and then apply them like you would to a model car, not perfect but it's pretty darn close.
ehawthorne7 years ago
If you really want to remove imprinting from just about anything, try using paint thinner. It's non-abrasive, and it produces very fast results. Wear some rubber gloves for this if you care about being non-cancerous. Soak a spot on clean rag with a small amount of thinner and then rub the imprinting that you want to remove with one finger pressing the rag against the area in question. Repeat if necessary.
SurferGeek7 years ago
Mr Clean Magic Eraser, much more efficient and MUCH more safe, less likely to scratch.
http://www.homemadesimple.com/sites/en_US/mrclean/eraser/index.shtml

Liganic7 years ago
Nice Idea but I don't think that I want to scratch anything on my PDA, it has enough scratches for now.
spankval (author)  Liganic7 years ago
The point of using sugar, is that it leaves no scratches at all, just the 'branding' is removed.
Ok, but there is just one thing left: The Dell Logo on my Axim is embossed so it needs a little bit more than sugar :P but the others like "Axim" or "PocketPC" could be removed.
42ndOddity7 years ago
This worked perfectly! I recently bought a USB memory stick in a sale, it was brushed aluminium branded with a company url and a logo. A little bit of rubbing with ordinary sugar removed the branding leaving a flawless surface! Thank you.
Monkeybo17 years ago
Very nice!
mrbinky30007 years ago
There is waaaay to much "branding" in the world. Anything that can reduce it is fine by me! Great job!
this is so cool
hpux7 years ago
Awesome, Good work!