At some point,
you had the bright idea of putting a bumper sticker on your vehicle
that proudly proclaimed whatever you believed in at the time.
But things have
The belief you
once cherished is now passe, embarrassing, idiotic or worse,
provocative in a bad way.
Unlike a bad
tattoo, you can probably remove the bumper sticker yourself.
But take heed,
there are ways to do it wrong.
"Do not use
razor blades," said Anthony Gabarino of AnthonyGís Auto
Detailing, which serves Kitsap County and beyond. "Thatís what
most people try and it will scratch your car."
The best way to
remove a bumper sticker is to use a heat gun, which he says can be
bought for about $15. Aim it at the bumper sticker, and let the heat
do most of the work. Then, carefully work a fingernail under one
corner and peel slowly.
they will come right off and sometimes they will be a bear," he
loathe to buy a heat gun for a one-time job, Gabarino says you can
also try a blow dryer. When using a hair dryer yourself, experts
recommend keeping the heat source moving in a circular fashion a few
inches from the bumper sticker to avoid damaging the paint in one
If thereís a
little gluey residue left, that can be removed with rubbing alcohol
and a cloth.
absolutely canít get it off, and you canít live with it either,
Gabarino concedes that you might be able to get a Band-Aid type of fix
by covering it with a newer, less objectionable bumper sticker.
suggesting it, but it would look better that the one thatís
cracking, peeling and bubbling up," he said.
important tip, however, is for next time.
put bumper stickers on your car," he said. "Itís been a
pet peeve of mine my whole life and when I see one on a painted bumper
I just cringe."
Put them on your
glass windows, instead, where theyíre a cinch to remove with a razor
and Windex, he said.