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Heather's picture

I bought a stainless carafe that was meant for commercial use. It had two ugly stickers--one was the NSF standard and one warned me that I could scald someone if the carafe tips over. I guess these are supposed to stay on because they were hard to get off and now I can't remove the glue residue on the stainless. I've tried oil, Goo-Gone and boiling water.

I know there is someone here who will have the answer, there always is.

kathymcmo's picture

(post #49913, reply #1 of 58)

Nail polish remover??

Heather's picture

(post #49913, reply #2 of 58)

Thanks! I'll try that right now.

Heather's picture

(post #49913, reply #3 of 58)

Now why didn't I just ask you first? That worked like magic!
Thank you--what would I do without my CT experts?

kathymcmo's picture

(post #49913, reply #4 of 58)

Glad it worked. If it can remove nail polish ... LOL

courgette's picture

(post #49913, reply #5 of 58)

WD40 usually works for me.


Mo

Gretchen's picture

(post #49913, reply #6 of 58)

Other things that work on some of that stuff is vegetable oil. And Goo Gone does also.

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Heather's picture

(post #49913, reply #9 of 58)

As I said in my email, I first tried oil and Goo Gone. They didn't touch it.

Gretchen's picture

(post #49913, reply #11 of 58)

Sorry, didn't mean to miss that.  Goof Off is another.


The peanut butter thing is a riot. And it works on some stuff. We got into some tar on the beach one time and used the peanut butter to get it off!!


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Heather's picture

(post #49913, reply #12 of 58)

This was really stubborn stuff. Obviously a different chemical composition than most adhesives. I soaked paper towel in Goo Gone and left it on the area for hours and nothing happened. Same with the oil. I'm presuming peanut butter acts in the same way as the oil but it would have the advantage of coating the area and not running off.

I have lots of things to try next time this happens. Thanks everyone for the advice!

kathymcmo's picture

(post #49913, reply #14 of 58)

And sadly there will be a "next time." The label-sticker people seem hell bent on making the labels as hard to remove as possible, sigh.

kathymcmo's picture

(post #49913, reply #13 of 58)

My younger brother used to get gum stuck in his hair rather frequently, and peanut butter was always the answer.

MadMom's picture

(post #49913, reply #7 of 58)

I'm a WD40 believer myself.  That stuff is also great for removing residue from tape which has been left on a surface far too long.



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Shaye's picture

(post #49913, reply #8 of 58)

In a pinch I've been known to use peanut butter, too.

Just spread a thin layer over your sticky reside, and let it sit for a little while for the oil to penetrate the glue. Then it rubs right off and you can just wash it like normal. (It also works on plastics when I'd be afraid to use nail polish.)

Gary's picture

(post #49913, reply #15 of 58)

FYI. IIRC, the solvent in WD40 is mineral spirits and acetone in nail polish remover. Do not inhale, keep away from flames, etc. BTW do not substitute Goof-off for Goo-gone. Major difference in strength.

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(post #49913, reply #10 of 58)

Krud Kutter always works for me on those things.

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DianeGaye's picture

(post #49913, reply #16 of 58)

I have always used ether for this type of stuck on glue, but maybe you can't get it in the US ?

Heather's picture

(post #49913, reply #19 of 58)

Gosh, I hope you use it in a well-ventilated place! They don't even use that in the hospital anymore.

Jean's picture

(post #49913, reply #21 of 58)

And you need a bomb squad to dispose of it. ;/





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Heather's picture

(post #49913, reply #22 of 58)

I've got to remember to tell DH that people are using ether to remove stickers. He's an anesthesiologist and used ether eons ago.

Gretchen's picture

(post #49913, reply #23 of 58)

I can't imagine having it on hand. Dangerous stuff.

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gourmand's picture

(post #49913, reply #24 of 58)

Maybe starting fluid, 50%.

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MadMom's picture

(post #49913, reply #25 of 58)

Y'all are one up on me.  I read ether as "either" - not enough coffee this morning!



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msm-s's picture

(post #49913, reply #26 of 58)

i have resorted to using plain oil on all petrol-based glues because it is so mild. i used to use fingernail polish remover which is a 'cool' acetone or "hotter" acetones from the hardware store, and they definitely do work on most things. But i found that sometimes fingernail polish et al would etch and dull some surfaces the glue was on, like plastics, and that's why i switched to oil. FYI, i sometimes have to soak a tissue or cotton ball with oil and leave it in contact with the glue for days for it to work, adding oil each day.
I really wish manufacturers would add another sticker advising you what to use to remove the @%$*! stickers. sometimes it's water-based glue and a simple soak and scrape will do the trick. People use so many harsh chemicals unnecessarily because they have no way of knowing.

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Edited 4/14/2008 8:40 am ET by msm-s

Lazio1954's picture

(post #49913, reply #27 of 58)

Anything that won't come off with oil, will come off with lighter fluid. And it is safe even on fine furniture. I learned that one when I bought my first piece of "discount" fine furniture; the sales person used lighter fluid, and when I almost fainted, he explained that it's what they use in all furniture store because it does not harm finishes. That was about 25 years ago, and I've never had a negative experience.


What I like about it, is that it doesn't smear the glue, or turn it gummy; it just removes it. It's available any where they sell lighters and most dept store/discount stores stock it also.


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Li's picture

(post #49913, reply #28 of 58)

Tangent, but still sort of on the subject:

I have sticker residue on a faux suede (hence washable) jacket from an "I voted today" sticker. I've washed the jacket; residue remains. Should I take to a dry cleaner or....?

Wise people of CT, please advise.

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Gretchen's picture

(post #49913, reply #29 of 58)

hoo boy. That is a BIG no no. Back when I had my ultrasuede blazers/suits, it was well known at parties to not put a name tag on.  I will try to ask a friend who is a sewing teacher and may know--and some friends.   I would do a search on the web. I don't know if I would even trust a dry cleaner to "know".

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Li's picture

(post #49913, reply #31 of 58)

I know. As soon as I did it, I thought, "Duh!"
Thanks for checking for me.

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Gretchen's picture

(post #49913, reply #33 of 58)

Haven't found my person yet, but maybe a very nice pin is in your future as a permanent adornment for that jacket!

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msm-s's picture

(post #49913, reply #38 of 58)

test a small amount on an inconspicuous spot inside the garment, like hem or sleeve seam allowance. the most likely thing would be a permanently darker greasy-looking spot or a bleaching effect.

I think gretchen's suggestion of a brooch is an excellent idea.

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roz's picture

(post #49913, reply #30 of 58)

Have you asked the experts at Gatherings?

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