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Removing sticker residue from hardshell case

Discussion in 'Bad Dog Cafe' started by bigben55, Sep 30, 2017.

  1. bigben55

    bigben55 Friend of Leo's

    May 19, 2010
    Cincinnati, OH
    I took in an AmStd Stray on trade, with a ton of stickers all over the Fender hardshell case, a black, plastic regular Fender one. I got all them ripped and scraped off, but need remove the adhesive residue left by some of them. I need to remove that. What chemical/method works best without screwing up the case? I've physically scraped off everything scrapeable.

  2. MrCairo46

    MrCairo46 Friend of Leo's

    Goof off , real tough dried glue use acetone. WIpe on, let set and wipe off with clean towel
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  3. jvin248

    jvin248 Poster Extraordinaire

    Apr 18, 2014
    Near Detroit, MI

    Goof off will melt the plastic of some cases leaving a sticky goo mess. Caution.

    This is the order I use:
    -ammonia & water 50/50 mix
    -denatured alcohol
    -turpentine (or maybe wd40)
    -goof off
    -"ELO" car model stripper


  4. Buckocaster51

    Buckocaster51 Super Moderator Staff Member Ad Free Member

    Jan 6, 2005
    Iowa USA

  5. Frodebro

    Frodebro Doctor of Teleocity Ad Free Member

    Aug 17, 2012
    Naptha thinner works very well on sticker residue, and is pretty gentle on most surfaces. I've used it on tolex many, many times.

  6. Kojer

    Kojer Tele-Meister

    Sep 11, 2015
    Manila, PH

  7. 1300 E Valencia

    1300 E Valencia Tele-Afflicted

    Dec 13, 2010
    Fullerton CA
    WD-40. It's not as flammable as naphtha (lighter fluid).
    Still flammable, just not as. It won't remove paint. I've soaked pedal bottom plates overnight for really bad velcro goo.

    For your case, I'd spray it direct or on paper towels and rub it in gently to get it soaked in.

    Then, use clean paper towels to remove the residue. Wipe a small area, then move to a unused part of the towel to pick up another section.

    Otherwise, it becomes easy to get the towel overloaded and then you're just moving the dissolved goo around and around.

    It won't leave impossible-to-remove slippery lube behind. Wipe it off, then wipe down with common household white vinegar for the squeaky clean.

  8. Sparky2

    Sparky2 Tele-Afflicted

    Apr 15, 2017
    Harvest, Alabama
    I agree.

    It's the stuff of life.
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  9. Boil

    Boil Tele-Meister

    Oct 30, 2011
    it's a crappy lubricant but its a great cleaner.
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  10. Deeve

    Deeve Tele-Afflicted Silver Supporter

    Dec 7, 2009
    WD-40 solvent

  11. KokoTele

    KokoTele Doctor of Teleocity Vendor Member

    Mar 17, 2003
    albany, ny [not chicago]
    WD-40 first. Goo gone is great but occasionally reacts with things. Naptha doesn't work as well as either of them, but it's what I have handiest so it's what I use most.

  12. Sparky2

    Sparky2 Tele-Afflicted

    Apr 15, 2017
    Harvest, Alabama
    When I lived on a southern military base in the 1980's, the rumor began going around among the young Army wives (this was before the internet) that WD-40, when rubbed on your boobies, would make them grow.

    Sure enough, fellow after fellow reported, around the water cooler, that they were regularly rubbing their wife's titulars down with that slick, sweet smelling stuff.

    It was a fun and crazy summer, and I can tell you how many times I stood in line at the PX or commissary with a variety of fair young maidens, and caught the aroma of WD-40 coming off of them.


  13. RoyBGood

    RoyBGood Poster Extraordinaire

    Brilliant! ^

    For the problem at hand, Lighter Fluid works for me.
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  14. Mahalo

    Mahalo Former Member

    Jul 3, 2005
    A single malt whiskey. One for the goo, one for you, continue until you see no more goo.
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  15. 1293

    1293 Poster Extraordinaire

    May 18, 2006
    Don't use acetone as suggested above. Many moons ago, I was an analytical development chemist. There was a fly buzzing around the lab. I shot him with what I thought was a MeOH wash bottle. It was acetone. Melted a dot matrix printer.

  16. brenn

    brenn Tele-Afflicted

    Dec 8, 2013
    Yep. I seem to recall we use acetone to melt the ends of plastic binding together, so I imagine it can't be good for plastic cases.

  17. koolaide

    koolaide Tele-Holic

    Oct 11, 2009
    south carolina
    No doubt DO NOT use Acetone. It will remove the paint!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  18. Wallo Tweed

    Wallo Tweed Tele-Afflicted

    Dec 6, 2011
    Penn's Woods
    I agree that it is good for cleaning, but it's not a lubricant. It is the 40th formula used in an attempt to make a product to displace water.
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  19. E5RSY

    E5RSY Poster Extraordinaire

    Mar 5, 2009
    Georgetown, TX
    For tolex (not painted surfaces) I've used brake cleaner or similar, like Birchwood-Casey's "Gun Scrubber" product.

    The gentlest thing that works pretty well is cooking oil, believe it, or not. The sticker glue absorbs it and breaks down and can be rubbed off with a fingertip and wiped up with a paper towel. Obviously, don't use it on a porous surface that could absorb it and be stained by it.
    Last edited: Oct 1, 2017

  20. dsutton24

    dsutton24 Poster Extraordinaire Gold Supporter

    Dec 29, 2010
    Stickers can have a variety of adhesives, WD-40 works great on most of them. Some adhesives shrug that stuff off, and regular household cleaners like Fantastic work on them. Some experimentation my be necessary.

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