How to Remove a Bumper Sticker

May 5th, 2013 by

2013 Honda Accord SedanSo it’s come time to sell your old car, but you’re sure that your large collection of fading bumper stickers may deter some potential buyers. Or maybe you want to keep your car, but there’s an unwanted bumper sticker that reminds you of a preferred political candidate who has since faded into obscurity.

Whatever your reason, don’t worry; there are just a few easy steps between you and a clean bumper. All it takes is a little patience and a tiny amount of elbow grease. Here are two preferred methods.

The Heat Method

  1. Take an ordinary blow dryer and begin to apply heat to one edge of the bumper sticker.
  2. The edge of the sticker should begin to bubble and come up from the bumper.
  3. Begin to peel the sticker, applying heat as you go to loosen the adhesive.
  4. Once the entire sticker has been removed, there should be some residue left over. Pour some rubbing alcohol on a microfiber rag and use it to pull up the adhesive.

The WD-40 Method

  1. Using your finger nail, pull up one corner of the bumper sticker.
  2. Spray a small amount of WD-40 underneath the corner. Pull up a little more of the sticker.
  3. Continue to spray solution underneath the sticker and pull it up.
  4. After the sticker is removed, clean the spot with rubbing alcohol like in the first example.

Be Careful Not to Damage the Paint

In either situation, don’t let yourself to be tempted to use tools like a razor blade or a wire brush to get up the adhesive. This is a sure way to scratch your bumper and create more work (and bills) for you later on. If you feel like you need some kind of wedge to help you to pull up the sticker, use a rubber spatula. Rather than damage your car, bring it into the Middletown Honda service department, and we can help.

Wash and Wax Your Car

Regardless if you use either method, it’s important that you follow it up with a good wash and wax coat. This will help to get off any of the solvent or chemicals that still may be on the bumper. The wax also helps to protect your car’s body from harmful debris and UV radiation from the sun. In fact, regular washes and waxes are necessary to keeping your car’s paint job staying healthy. If you’re considering reselling in the future, waxes are a must!