Bumper stickers may have seemed like a great idea at one time, but today, police have advised that families remove bumper stickers from their cars. The ever-popular stick-figure families reveal more information about your family than should be revealed to any stranger, let alone everyone on the streets. How many kids you have and their hobbies, about how old they are, and whether or not you have a guard dog should never be broadcast from the back of your vehicle. In addition, you should consider removing other bumper stickers that may reveal where your children go to school, their sporting teams, or where you work.
If you have regrettable bumper stickers on your car, never fear—we’ll show you two methods of how to remove bumper stickers without causing damage to your car.
How to Remove Bumper Stickers
- Peel back the edge of the bumper sticker at a corner.
- Spray a lubricant, (we recommend WD-40) underneath the exposed surface of the sticker.
- Peel the sticker back a little farther.
- Slowly continue to spray lubricant under the sticker and peel back until the bumper sticker is completely removed.
- Wipe away excess lubricant.
- Using a hair dryer or heat gun, blow hot air directly at the bumper sticker from about 6” away for about two minutes. (A heat gun is much more powerful, and you may want to hold it 8 to 12 inches back).
- Once a corner of the sticker begins to peel up, slowly pull it back.
- Slowly pull the bumper sticker up and continue to apply heat as needed.
- Once the sticker is completely removed, use an automotive adhesive cleaner like PPG Ditzo DX 440 to remove excess adhesive.
Here at Basney Honda in Mishawaka, IN, we’d love to hear from you! Have you tried either of these methods? What worked or didn’t work for you?