Those pesky window stickers! Window stickers are notoriously difficult and stubborn to remove, but with the right approach, it doesn’t have to be a frustrating task that takes all day. Whether it’s an old towing sticker, a dealer advertising sticker or a gaudy window decal left on by the previous owner, here’s how to remove stickers from your car window without breaking a sweat or causing damage to the glass surface…
1. Clean the window
Begin by cleaning the window with a cloth and some warm water. If there are any tough stains on the window, you may also want to use a specialist window cleaning solution. Making sure that the window is completely free from dirt will make the removal process easier and make it simpler to spot any leftover residue or marks that remain on the window.
2. Peel away the sticker
Once you have thoroughly cleaned the window, use your hands to carefully peel the sticker away from the glass. Try to do this as slowly as possible in order to keep the sticker intact and make the task easier. Remember: more haste, less speed!
If the sticker is relatively new, you may find that it comes away without too much effort, but don’t worry if it is difficult or comes off in tiny pieces. If the sticker refuses to budge, try heating it for a few minutes by holding a hot hair dryer a few inches above the sticker. You might also want to use a plastic scraper instead of just your hands. Note: Be careful not to scratch the window or damage the heating elements (if applicable).
3. Remove the adhesive residue
To remove the adhesive residue, wet the area with some warm soap and water and then scrape at it using a plastic scraper. If this doesn’t work, you can also purchase special adhesive removers from your local hardware store. If you take this approach, be sure to read the instructions on the bottle carefully and apply with care. Should you are worried about damaging paintwork or trim, make sure you cover it up before applying the product.
4. Clean the window
Finally, give the window another clean using soap and water using the process in the video above. This will remove any leftover residue and leave a completely clean finish.
Repeat if necessary
We’ve shown you how to remove stickers from your car window, but one thing to keep in mind throughout is that they can sometimes be quite stubborn and difficult to remove. This is especially the case with older stickers or external stickers that use stronger adhesives.
If necessary, repeat the above steps a few times until you completely remove the sticker. It can be quite a lengthy process, so perseverance and patience is key!
Note: We hope that this guide helps, but please be aware that we are not responsible for any damage caused by following these steps. Always proceed with care and ensure that you have the right tools for the job. If in doubt, please contact an auto glass professional or visit our auto glass shop in Phoenix today!