Remove pesky price tags or stickers no goo gone needed

Last Revised: Friday, February 14, 2014


Yeah~ bought myself a new shiny mug today!
Due to my mishandling, my mug always has to be made from either plastic or metal. lol

Hmm.. somehow it has got this big ugly label stuck on it.
New Metal Mug
New Metal Mug
I'll just have to remove it..

Not long ago I've tired some soaking recycled mason jar in hot water.. but it doesn't work that well for me. That is because the adhesives used on these labels are not water soluble.
Sticker area often remains sticky.  When I use a cleaning scrub to scrub away the residue, the green little fibres fell off and got stuck on the adhesive surface. A pretty messy process which I regretted doing... eek.

And if you are working on a polished surface like this mug here, please dont try to attack it off by brute force.
Else you'll end up leaving a few ugly scratch marks behind.
There are better ways of doing it and I'll show you how.

How to remove sticky price tags and labels from adherent.  

Basically what you need a solvent to dissolve the non water soluble adhesive.
If your country doesn't sell goo gone there are plenty of household items which you can use to remove these tags or stickers.

These are the solvents that you can try:

  • WD-40
  • Paint thinner (but is rather difficult to get it here in Singapore)
  • Lighter Fluid 
  • Nail polish remover
  • Cooking oil, peanut butter, coconut oil 
  • I guess you know the trend by now just find anything that is oil based!
My personal recommends are lighter fluid and alcohol because some solvents are soo strong that it might cause damage to the surface you are working on (usually polymeric/plastic surface). Another reason is~ they dry off fast.

Lighter Fluid  Adhesive removal
Get a Lighter Fluid

Now that you got your favourite solvent. Soak the label with it.
Leave it on for a few seconds and peel sticker off.
Remove adhesive label
Bye bye ugly stickers

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