How to Remove Stickers From Records

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How to Remove Stickers From Records
Removing adhesive from vinyl record labels. (record player image by jeancliclac from

Whether you enjoy collecting and listening to vinyl records yourself, or you would like to sell them to someone who does, an attractive cover and record label are essential. Caring for vinyl records is a lost art. If you are trying to remove a sticker or some leftover adhesive residue from your vinyl record label or cover, try one of these tried-and-true methods. The steps progress from the simplest and easiest to the messiest and most difficult, so you will want to follow them in the recommended order.

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Things you need

  • Hair dryer
  • Automobile paste wax
  • Soft rag
  • Toothbrush
  • Turpentine

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  1. 1

    Take the record out of the cover to avoid any potential damage. Turn a hair dryer on its highest (hottest) setting. Train the heat directly on the label, sticker or tape that you're trying to remove. Gently lift up one edge of the sticker, then carefully remove it. The heat from the dryer will heat up the glue and the sticker should easily slide off.

    How to Remove Stickers From Records
    First, try a hair dryer. (dryers image by timur1970 from
  2. 2

    Use tape while the adhesive is still hot to remove the residue. Take the sticky side of the tape and use it to pull the tacky sticker residue off of the record label or cover. Do this very gently, so you don't mar the surface.

    How to Remove Stickers From Records
    Try some tape. (scotch image by MATTHIEU FABISIAK from
  3. 3

    Try automobile paste wax if some of the residue persists. Make sure you use only pure canuba wax. Rub the wax gently on the residue, then wipe it off with a soft rag. This may alter the colour of the cover or label very slightly. Don't use a combination cleaner/ wax, or it will remove the colour.

    How to Remove Stickers From Records
    Use a dab of wax. (sealing wax image by TAlex from
  4. 4

    Use turpentine if the automobile wax fails to remove the sticker residue. Dip a toothbrush into some turpentine, and brush it gently on the adhesive residue. Let it soak for at least five minutes, and then wipe the turpentine along with the residual glue off of the label with a tissue.

    How to Remove Stickers From Records
    Turpentine and a toothbrush. (toothbrush image by Christopher Hall from

Tips and warnings

  • To clean the records themselves, you can spray 409 on a paper towel and wipe them clean.
  • Remember that heat warps vinyl when you're using the hair dryer.

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