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Old 11-22-2015, 12:37 PM   #21
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Aged adhesive can be a bear to remove.
If the Goof Off (acetone and xylene) are mildly effective, a step-up would be to try Bestine solvent and thinner (heptane). It can be hard to find locally - check near the contact/rubber cement. I recommend using a paint fume respirator and rubber gloves when working with these volatile solvents.

http://www.amazon.com/Bestine-Solven...nt+and+thinner
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Old 11-22-2015, 12:52 PM   #22
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If you love shopping for chemicals... or just plug in the blowdryer you own and heat the damn stickers up to very hot and lift them from the edge. After they are up there will be glue residue that can be removed with the various solvents - or Barkeeper's Friend. If the mentioned solvents can't penetrate or dissolve the rubbery tub stickers then they can only work at dissolving the glue at the perimeter of the sticker. Heat penetrates stickers (or much thicker floor tiles) post hasty. This summer I R&Red eight 1/8" thick well adhered stick down floor tiles in about 5 minutes each. Thin rubber anti-slip stickers should be faster.

edit: I note it is a cast iron tub - no worries. Fiberglass I'd be more cautious but still use heat.
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calmloki - I see the confusion, the thread title asks "how to remove old stickers?", I was reading the OP to mean - 'stickers have been removed, how to remove the residue'.
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I agree on hair dryer. Try ketchup on one. I used it cleaning kitchen knobs. It worked so well I avoid eating it now
Ketchup probably worked because it contains vinegar, which is dilute acetic acid. The pH of vinegar is ~3.1. the pH of ketchup is ~3.9. A neutral pH is 7.0 on a logarithmic scale. Vinegar is, of course, an excellent household cleaner.

The pH of gastric acid (hydrochloride acid) is 1.5 to 3.5, much more acidic than ketchup or vinegar. Your stomach wall is designed to withstand this extreme acidity while you digest your food. So don't worry, ketchup is safe to consume, in moderation of course!
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Try peanut butter. Seriously - not kidding. Don't remember where I heard it, but when nothing else seems to work, peanut butter does the trick.
+1 for the Peanut Butter camp.

Not sure how it will also work for very old adhesives though.
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calmloki - I see the confusion, the thread title asks "how to remove old stickers?", I was reading the OP to mean - 'stickers have been removed, how to remove the residue'.
And after rereading Brat's original post I think I'm wrong and you and most others have it right - she is just going for the residue. To quote Emily Litella, "never mind".
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Job done!!!!

Those old non-skid 'flowers and butterflies' were held on to the tub surface by a very thin plastic film.

I used a hair dryer to warm each up then bathed it in acetone and carefully scraped the bottom of the tub with a glazier's razor blade to remove the plastic film after repeated applications of acetone. Rinsed the tub and applied Goo Gone as there were still sticky patches, wiped the tub, washed the tub with Simple Green, sprayed bleach on the tub. There is still a 'ghost' of a butterfly sticker but not noticeable unless you look close.

Odds are those non-skid flowers and butterflies were applied 30+ years ago.

Thank you all so much!
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So now, how about a little help for me. We left a couple of starfish drying on the glass tabletop on the patio table last year. I didn't notice when we put the table in the garage for the summer (snowbirds), but this year we have a ghost image of two starfish sort of etched in the glass. I tried washing it with windex and goof-off, but it's still there.

Then again, it's sort of cool looking, so if I can't get it off maybe I'll collect a few more starfish this year and do the whole tabletop.
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So now, how about a little help for me. We left a couple of starfish drying on the glass tabletop on the patio table last year. I didn't notice when we put the table in the garage for the summer (snowbirds), but this year we have a ghost image of two starfish sort of etched in the glass. I tried washing it with windex and goof-off, but it's still there.

Then again, it's sort of cool looking, so if I can't get it off maybe I'll collect a few more starfish this year and do the whole tabletop.
Barkeepers Friend. rub lightly with moist paste, leave residue for 5 minutes or so, remove. Amazing stuff.
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