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    Default HOW TO: Remove Stickers from Books

    This is probably a stupid question, but how the hell do you get a "sticky" sticker off a paperback without damaging it? I bought a copy of The Colorado Kid at the local used bookstore (this was a new copy) and although the one on the front came off with no problem, the one on the back is a sticky mother and will only come off in pieces, and leaves a residue behind. If I'd known that I would have purchased it on Amazon (no sticker!) but since I have the book I'd like to see if I can get the annoying sucker off. Suggestions?



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    Tear the book cover around the sticker. Or better still fire will get it off. Gasoline works too. Or Draino....just dont wash it off the sticker will be gone in no time.
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    Thanks, Brice. That's a lot of help.



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    It will also get rid of those pesky words on the paper.


    Seriously, there are ways. I just can't think of them off the top of my head.
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    Well, at least you got me to laugh.



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    Glad I could help.
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    The only thing I can think of is a hair dryer. Crank up the heat and melt the glue. That shouldn't harm the book, at least I dont think so...

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    lighter fluid usually works really well. just dip a soft cloth in some, and hold it over the sticker. this will reduce the integrity of the gum. you can slowly peel it off. if there's any sticker residue left over, use the cloth with lighter fluid to gently rub it away.

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    I hadn't thought of that. I'll have to give it a try. Thanks!



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    I just use hot water and a washrag, just don't over wet the rag and then make sure you wipe any excess moisture off quickly. Most paperbacks have a waxy substance on the cover anyway, so you have a little time to get something off is you spill it.

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    I still like Brices Idea

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    There's a product called "Goo-Gone" that's available at stores like target, walmart, etc. I wouldn't use it on a dustjacket, but it should be OK on paperback covers, as they're coated with a plasticky material.

    Don't spray on the book itself, spray the stuff onto a paper towel and then rub that on the cover.

    Hope that helps,



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    Oh, I've heard of that stuff. I'll have to see if I can find some. Thanks!



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    In order of least dangerous I would say
    1. Blow dryer.
    2. Gentle rubbing with a dry thumb of residue left over. Often it will ball up and come off the book.
    3. SMALL amounts of Goo Gone, as SKCollector described using it.

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    This should be a candidate for the "how to" forum.
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    Yeah, I can't imagine I'm the only person who's ever had this problem.



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    I agree with Randall Flagg.

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    I hadn't thought of a blow drier. Hmmm...



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    Quote Originally Posted by Kevin View Post
    The only thing I can think of is a hair dryer. Crank up the heat and melt the glue. That shouldn't harm the book, at least I dont think so...
    Quote Originally Posted by Daghain
    I hadn't thought of a blow drier. Hmmm...

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    You said "hair dryer" not "blow dryer"
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    See?

    It's been a very long day.

    Watch me try it and set the damn book on fire.



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    I use a product called un-du adhesive remover

    Just do a search on google and you'll get a bunch or responses. I love the product it works fantastic with removing stickers, and I've been using it for a couple of years. If you are careful it'll even remove price tags that are on the first page (paper).

    Anyway if you look at a picture it has a lip which you use to scrape the price tag. I use this on used books bought at local stores and after using this product you'll never notice the sticker was ever there. I highly recommend it!
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    I've never heard of that!

    *skips off to look*



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    Wow, that sounds great

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    Update:

    Tried the Goo-Gone (because I happened to be in Home Depot and saw some on the shelf) and the sticker came off with no problem, and as far as I can tell no visible damage to the book.

    Thanks for the help, everyone!

    ETA: I DID put a piece of plastic between the back cover and the rest of the book, so I wouldn't get the pages wet. Put on the Goo Gone with a soft cloth, rubbed gently, waited a minute or so, and picked that sucker right off. Took a damp soft cloth and wiped the residue off. The back cover looked wet around the edges, but once it dried, I could not see any visible damage anywhere. Total score!



    "People, especially children, aren't measured by their IQ. What's important about them is whether they're good or bad, and these children are bad." ~ Alan Bernard


    "You needn't die happy when your day comes, but you must die satisfied, for you have lived your life from beginning to end and ka is always served." ~ Roland Deschain

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