Removing stickers, decals, and other sticky residue from your auto glass can be challenging. Unfortunately, if you take the wrong steps, such as using a razor blade to lift residue, you can end up scratching, indenting, pitting or damaging your auto glass. If this happens, you may have no other option but to have your auto glass replaced. Here are a few ways to remove stickers, decals, and sticky residue from your auto glass.
Hot Water and Dish Soap
One of the ways that you may be able to remove stickers and decals from auto glass is with hot water and dish soap. Soften a cloth in soapy water and then allow the rag to sit over the sticker, allowing the soap and water to soak in. After a few minutes, use the rag to lightly rub away the sticker and residue, repeating the process as needed. It is important that this should never be done on frozen windows, as hot water can cause a window covered in ice to shatter.
Another safe and effective way to remove stickers and sticker residue from your auto glass is with rubbing alcohol. Dip a soft cloth in rubbing alcohol and begin to rub the sticker, starting from the outside and working your way in. Continue this process until the sticker and residue are gone.
WD-40 has many uses. One of the ways that this product can be used is to remove stickers from glass, including auto glass. Spray the sticker down with the lubricant and allow it to sit for several minutes. Slowly peel the sticker away. If needed, spray the residue down with more lubricant and use your fingers to rub away sticker residue.
Baking Soda and Oil
The final way you can remove stickers and decals from your auto glass is with baking soda and oil, such as vegetable oil, canola oil, or olive oil. Mix equal parts of oil and baking soda to form a paste. Rub the paste into the sticker and residue. The abrasiveness of the baking soda will break the sticker up, while the oil will help to lift the residue away.
If a towing company placed a warning sticker on your car or you had a decal on your rear windshield that you want to remove, you may need assistance to remove the residue from your car's auto glass. It can be challenging and time-consuming to remove all of the residue. However, trying each of these methods will help you to determine the best way to remove the sticker and residue you have on your auto glass without damaging the auto glass. If it is too late and you have already scratched or damaged your auto glass, contact an auto repair company right away to have your auto glass replaced.