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Old 11-21-2015, 06:03 PM   #1
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How to remove old stickers???

I have the challenge of removing the adhesive residue from very old non-slip 'flowers' from the bottom of an enameled cast iron tub. I have made some progress with Professional Goof Off spray, just some. I have also tried applying denatured alcohol. Is there a product that would be more effective?
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Old 11-21-2015, 06:12 PM   #2
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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.
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Have you tried softening it with a hair dryer?
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Old 11-21-2015, 06:19 PM   #4
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The goof off spray, or a similar type, will work the best. Most those sprays are like kerosene. WD-40 might also work.

Lay a paper towel over the residue, to make sure it stays saturated.

Scrape the sticker off first, if you have not already.
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Old 11-21-2015, 06:20 PM   #5
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I've always had good luck using Goo Gone to remove adhesive residue.
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Old 11-21-2015, 06:32 PM   #6
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The adhesive will be soluble in something. Try various solvents, water (unlikely since it's a bath tub), acetone, mineral spirits, xylene and a few others.
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Old 11-21-2015, 06:44 PM   #7
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3M eraser wheel, and goo gone. guaranteed
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Fight fire with fire--duct tape or packing tape might pull it up. Car dealers took our city stickers off our traded-in cars with tape.
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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
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Old 11-21-2015, 09:02 PM   #10
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I've found nail polish remover often works well on adhesive residue.
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Old 11-21-2015, 10:41 PM   #11
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WD-40. Used some just today to remove sticker residue from a tool.

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Vote three for the hair dryer/heat gun. Works a treat on bumper stickers & glass decals. Used a heat gun to remove peel & stick floor tiles that had been down for ~ 15 years this summer. Problem with most non-paper decals or stickers is the adhesive remover can't get at the adhesive.
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Goof Off. Hasn't failed me in many years.
Goof Off 4.5 oz. Professional Strength Remover-FG650 - The Home Depot
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WD 40 is worth a try.
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Old 11-22-2015, 08:46 AM   #15
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kerosene then hair dryer. No wait a minute. That removes eyebrows ....
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Just put on new adhesive flowers and cover it up.
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Try Ajax, Comet, Barkeeper's Friend, or Bon Ami. But here's the catch. You must rub with quite a bit of pressure with "only" a layer or two of damp paper towel so that you get the cleanser pushed hard enough onto the ceramic.

You can't use a rag, sponge or such - as these will prevent the cleanser from doing what it's designed to do.

This is a strategy for ceramic - not good for fiberglass.
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I have occasionally had success with Everclear (pure ethanol) when nothing else would work.
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Boil some water on stove and pour it on the item you wish to remove. This has been very effective for me. Probably similar to hair dryer approach.

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Thanks all, I am working the list. Mineral spirits and non-acetone nail polish remover haven't put a dent in the residue. Off to Home Depot to pick up others suggested. I do have a hair dryer so will add that to the mix.
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