Stickers; the bane of DVD/game cases the world over. Nothing is more frustrating than peeling off stickers from your things, scratching the finish, and often having sticky residues left behind. Moreover, if you want to try and remove these, you have to pay for expensive chemicals like Goo-Gone that might have adverse effects. Isn't there another way!?
There is! Not only that, but you probably have everything you need in your Kitchen and Bathroom! This method not only works on stickers, but will also work on adhesives left from tape as well. In this instructable, I will show you two methods of application, to tackle all of your sticker-removing needs!
Disclaimer: While I have had huge degrees of success with this method, I cannot guarantee it will work for everybody. As with every application, this method should first be tested on an unseen area to ensure no damage to the finish. This method has been tested on plastic, but should also be useful on wood, glass, metal, or ceramics. Although there are no dangerous chemicals in use, always use proper safety measures, and wok in well ventilated areas. Stay safe, work safe.
Step 1: Tools and Supplies
The number one supply you will be in need of for this to work is some form of cooking oil. My weapon of choice was Vegetable Oil, although you should have similar results with other oils, such as canola, sunflower, or even cooking sprays such as Pam. As well, the other supply you will need is time and patience. This method is not an instant fix, and may take 12-24 hours to work properly.
The other supplies you will need will depend on what method of application you are using.
If you are using the small touch-up application, you will need:
-Household Cleaner; Windex or other glass cleaners work well here. In a pinch, you could also use soap and warm water. In extreme cases, you may need to use Dish Soap, or other oil-cutting soaps.
-2 small containers, for cooking oil and cleaning solution.
-Q-Tips, or other form of cotton swab.
-A rag or cloth. You can also use lysol wipes, or other cleaning wipes.
-Toothbrush (Optional) to scrub off stubborn adhesives. Should not be necessary except for the most hardcore stickers.
If you are using the large-scale sticker removal, you will need:
-A couple of cloths or rags. You will need at least two; one for oil application, one for oil cleaning. A towel is helpful for drying.
-Soap and warm/hot water. In extreme cases, you may need to use Dish Soap, or other oil-cutting soaps.