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.

  1. 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.

  2. 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.

  3. 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.

  4. 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.

  5. 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.