How to Remove Automobile Stickers

There are many who like to express themselves through their cars. It is very easy to find bumper stickers or window art on cars and other automobiles. Although they make your car look more appealing, doing away with such bumper stickers when necessary can be a nasty job. Many a times, the sticker is removed but it leaves behind the residue to make it look worse. But no worries, if it’s your first attempt at removing a sticker from your car, here are a few simple ways to remove the sticker.

1. Pre-soak. Pre-soaking is an easy method to remove stubborn stickers. Use soapy water to remove the sticky paper. Use a spray of soapy or alcoholic solution and spray it generously over the sticker. Or soak the sticker in the soapy water for some time and then try removing it as much as you can. If it still doesn’t work, use natural agents.

2. Use natural agents. Dip a cloth in vinegar. Place it on the sticker and let it soak for about 5 minutes. Reapply as and when required. Then, peel it off starting from the edges. If it still leaves away sticky residue, rub vinegar over the area. You could also follow the same procedure using a mixture of eucalyptus oil, soapy water, and alcohol solution.

3. Use a Blow dryer. Another interesting way to remove the sticker is to heat the surface using a blow dryer. Make sure you hold it at least 6 inches (15.2 cm) away from the desired area. Start peeling off the sticker from the corners while you go on applying heat.

4. Use WD-40. Wet a cloth using WD-40 or a lighter fluid and rub the cloth on the sticker. Use a spatula or an old CD or credit card to start peeling off the edges. This will make it come off easily.


  • WD-40 can mess up the paint if rubbed for a longer time. Work on smaller patches at a time.
  • While using a blow dryer, avoid excess heat or the paint would start chipping off slowly.
  • Do not use a razor or sandpaper. It would take off the sticker quickly but it might damage the paint.