Removing car stickers

Tape and stickers are often applied to motor vehicles. Once applied, it’s difficult to completely remove stickers from glass or paint. Sometimes only part of the sticker can be removed and other times the sticker itself can be removed but residue is left behind.

While removing stickers isn’t as easy as putting them on, we have some advice that should make the job a little less sticky.

  1. Ensure that the sticker and the surrounding area are free of dirt. Wash over the sticker and the surrounding area several times. It’s best to have a car wash done to soften the sticker and make the removal process easier.
  2. Plug in a hair dryer, turn the heat setting to warm and hold it just a few inches above the sticker. Do not place the hair dryer directly on top of the sticker and the car’s paint.
  3. After you’ve let the sticker heat up, use a plastic card (like a credit card) at an angle to gently scrape up under the sticker. Lift one corner of the sticker using your fingernail. If the surface area is hot enough, you will be able to slip the plastic card under the lifted corner of the sticker and begin to peel it away.
  4. Once the sticker is removed, use some glass cleaner or vinegar sprayed on a cloth to wipe off any remaining adhesive. Just don’t use an abrasive cleanser or steel wool, which can scratch the glass or paint.


If you’re removing a sticker from your car’s window, you may use a box cutter or a razor blade at a slight angle instead of a plastic card. Do not use a box cutter or a razor blade on your car’s paint – it may cause damages!

If you still have difficulty removing the sticker after heating, prepare a solution of one part rubbing alcohol and one part hot water. Use a wet rag to saturate the sticker and attempt to lift it from the surface.

Keep in mind that while using this method of removing stickers off paint, the paint may peel or chip from the car, depending on the age and model of the car.