How Do You Remove Glue From the Painted Surface of a Car?
Remove bumper sticker glue from the paint on a vehicle without damaging the finish using a hair dryer to warm the adhesive and a plastic card to lift the sticker. Apply tree-sap remover to any remaining glue, and wipe it away. The process takes just a few minutes to complete.
- Clean the area
Wash and rinse the area around the glue to ensure there is no dirt or grime that could scratch the surface as you work.
- Warm the glue
Use a hairdryer to warm the bumper sticker to melt the glue. If a hair dryer is not available, park the vehicle with the sticker in the sun on a warm day to heat the surface. When the surface is hot, most of the glue should peel off with the sticker, making the removal process less work.
- Peel the sticker
Work with a plastic card to lift the edges of the sticker. Grab the edges as they lift and attempt to peel the sticker in a single piece. If it starts to tear, use the card to work from the opposite side to lift the sticker and glue.
- Apply tree-sap remover
Tree-sap remover helps to dissolve any remaining glue so that it becomes less sticky. Apply the product according to the label directions, and allow it time to work.
- Wipe away the glue
Use auto-detailing towels to remove any remaining glue, and buff the paint. Wash the car as normal to remove any remaining product.