Auto glass stickers are made with strong adhesives. It’s not easy to remove, and scraping it dry could damage the glass. But as much as these stickers hang on to glass like grim death, there’s a workaround you can try. Below, I discussed a step-by-step process that will help you get rid of auto glass stickers properly.
Things you need:
- Plastic scraper
- Warm water
- Dish soap
- Fabric softener
- Lint-free cloth
- Rubbing alcohol
- Glass cleaner
Steps to remove auto glass sticker
Step 1. Start peeling the sticker off
The first thing you need to do is peel off the sticker. You should do so in a diagonal direction, so the sticker will come off without tearing. In case it tears, you can raise another corner using the plastic scraper. Peel this again until you remove most of the sticker material.
Step 2. Soak the adhesive with soapy water
The next step is to mix dish soap and water in a bucket. Apply this on adhesive using a lint-free cloth. Make sure that the area is soaked. This will help loosen the adhesive so that you can rub it with a cloth. If you’re not successful in removing the adhesive, you should follow the next steps.
Step 3. Use warm water and fabric softener
Remove the soapy water from the bucket and replace it with a fabric softener and warm water. You should use liquid fabric softeners as this mixes with water better. Like what you did on the second step, you should soak the sticker adhesive and scrub it with a clean cloth.
Step 4. Apply an auto glass cleaner
If the sticker adhesive didn’t budge on the fabric softener, you could use an auto glass cleaner instead. Wipe the cleaner to the adhesive and let it soak. After a few minutes, use a lint-free cloth to scrub the remaining adhesive. Make sure that you wipe it using a clean cloth or towel.
Step 5. Use rubbing alcohol
If the sticker adhesive is still on the glass at this point, you can try using rubbing alcohol. Soak it in with rubbing alcohol, then rub with a towel. You can repeat the application of the alcohol as necessary. You can also use the plastic scraper to remove the remaining adhesive, but make sure that the glass is soaked.
Step 6. Give it a final wash
Once the adhesive is all removed, give the auto glass a quick rinse. Next, wipe it with a clean towel and inspect the area. If you can still see traces of adhesive, you can spot treat it with rubbing alcohol.
The proper removal of auto glass stickers will save your car from damages. The good news is that you don’t have to go to a car detailer to get the job done. With a few home items and patience, you can get rid of the sticker you no longer want.
However, you have to be careful to prevent scratching your car’s glass. If you’re worried about the result, it’s always the best option to talk to a professional.