Removing Old Stickers

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  1. RageD

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    Hey All,

    Been purchasing some G1 Figs and want to remove some stickers and replace with reprolabels.

    Anyone have good tips for removing old stickers without leaving gunk or destroying the figure somehow?

    Any help is appreciated.

    Thanks
     
  2. Valkysas

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    use goo gone.

    it can kill you if you ingest it.
     
  3. IhsantheCursed

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    Ive just always removed as much as i can with my fingernail, cleaned it up a bit with a damp rag, worked at it a little more with the ol'finger, then placed the stickers over it.
     
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    I'll be sure not to ingest it?

    Thanks I'll give that stuff a shot. Won't hurt the toys I reckon?
     
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    If the sticker is still on there, you need to start peeling from the corner, and ever so slowly peel it off keeping it as flat as possible. If you still have the white backing on it, just take your time with your fingernails. If all you have left is the "gunk", what works for me is wetting my finger with my tongue, and rubbing back and forth till the stuff starts rolling off. It does take time, but eventually you'll get it.
    There is stuff called "goof-off", but I'm not sure about it. Best bet is to wet your finger, and take your time.
    Do not use any harsh chemicals that might harm the paint or plastic.
     
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    I like Marcatrons advice...I dont trust those chemicals on my TFs either.
     
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    I just took the stickers off a few G1 figures a few days ago and the steps I use:

    - Peel off as much of the sticker as I can with my fingernail.
    - Coat the remnants of the sticker with a generous amount of Duck brand Citrus Adhesive Remover and let sit for a few seconds.
    - Wipe off sticker remnants and adhesive remover with a paper towel.
    - Since the adhesive remover is oily, I then soak the figure in scalding hot soapy water to wash off the adhesive remover; this also helps clean the figure if it's a little dirty.
    - Rinse the figure off with hot water and repeat the soak to make sure all the adhesive remover is off and the figure is clean.
    - Rinse the figure off with hot water again and set on a towel to dry. With very hot water, the figure will be dry quickly, but I leave them out overnight to be certain. Haven't had any problems with figures rusting, since the water evaporates quickly and doesn't sit for a long time on the metal parts.
     
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    goo gone has never damaged anything I've used it on. I've used it on TFs, and even game DVD cases that I couldnt get the price tag off completely. takes off the sticker and all the residue. never damaged the soft, flexible outer cover of the DVD cases either. didnt make it cloudy or anything.
     
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    Goo Gone is your good option, but do be careful because it CAN cloud up some of the clear plastics. And it will probably also remove paint and the like. In general, it won't damage Transformer plastics, though.

    DO NOT use Goof Off, however. EVER. It will, I assure you, eat your Transformers. Not plastic-safe at all.
     
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    I occasionally use a piece of tape, Scotch/Packing/Duct, to remove the gunk that's left behind.

    As long as the surface you're using it on isn't painted, it should be fine. The adhesive on the tape lifts the gunk off the plastic.
     
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    Rubbing alcohol is an effective way to remove stickers from plastic pieces. Don't use it on painted areas though - it can remove the paint.
     
  12. kamuix

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    i agree, packaging tape is your best bet to remove left over residue. you won't have to worry about the chemicals, or smells that might come from the stuff. it may take longer, but eventually it will come off.
     
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    I don't like letting them air-dry. Air-drying tends to leave spots, especially noticeable on clear windows. I like to use an air-compressor and blow the water off.
     
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    i peel off as much as i can, then use scotch tape to remove more of the residue. if there's still any of the glue left, i put a small amount of mineral oil in a cotton ball then wipe it off carefully, then use facial tissue to remove the oil.
     
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    How about baby-wipes?
     
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    I used baby wipes to clean an old Darth Vader figure, it lost some gloss.
     
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    rubbing alchohol will make a lot of plastic brittle. if the plastic has a subtle texture, the rubbing alchohol can also remove that. I stupidly used it to try and get marker off an old NES cart. the texture is ruined, and it's discolored now.
     
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    Man, I knew I should of stopped using that as lemon juice. This constant vomiting is just tiresome...
     
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    I used hand sanitizer with a Q-tip to get the stubborn glue residue off. :) 
     
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    I use lighter fluid...hasn't hurt anything yet, and it doesn't leave a residue.
     

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