How to remove a sticker off of car paint

Written by jennifer habersham
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Anyone who has spent any amount of time with small children knows that kids love stickers. In fact, not only do kids love stickers, but kids love to put those stickers on things other than their own pieces of art work. You might find stickers stuck to your counter tops or furniture and quite often you'll find those stickers stuck to your car. While your first instinct may be to think that your car's paint job is ruined, that is far from the case. With the right tools and a little bit of patience you will have stickers and dealership decals removed in no time.

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Things you need

  • Extension cord
  • Hair dryer
  • Clean hand towel
  • Goo Gone
  • Wet hand towel

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  1. 1

    Using your hair dryer, which you'll probably need to plug into an extension cord, heat up the sticker that is stuck to your car paint. The heat from your hair dryer will warm the sticker glue and make it easy to remove.

  2. 2

    Pull the sticker away slowly as it begins to heat up. Continue to heat with the hair dryer, removing a small section of the sticker at a time.

  3. 3

    Squirt about a quarter-sized amount of Goo Gone onto your clean hand towel and rub over any remaining sticker residue. The Goo Gone will not harm the car's paint job.

  4. 4

    Wipe away any excess Goo Gone with your wet hand towel. Your car paint will now be sticker free.

Tips and warnings

  • If you have problems pulling up the sticker, try placing a fishing line under the curled edges and lifting up.
  • Vinegar can also be used to remove stickers, although it takes much longer to work.
  • This will work on all types of stickers, including dealer decals.
  • Do not use a razor blade to peel stickers back. This will scratch your paint.

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