If you’re a sticker fiend like we are, the news that stickers don’t exactly love glass comes as a bit of a blow. But it’s nothing we can’t recover from. With a little bit of elbow grease and creativity, you too can have your very own glass-covered sticker wall to show off all those rad designs you dig so much. The real question is how? You see, when it comes to putting stickers on glass, things get a little tricky. That lovely clear surface means that unless you have access to some kind of magic marker or invisible ink, there aren’t many ways to go about getting those stickers stuck on there. Do not fret though! This article is here to rescue you from this sticky situation and teach you how to remove stickers from glass easily!
How To Remove Stickers from Glass: Scrape It Off
This may not be the most elegant solution, but it’s a tried and tested way to remove stickers from glass. This option works best if the sticker is relatively new, and has yet to really set, so if you’ve just applied a sticker and it’s not going anywhere, give it a few days and try again. You’ll need a butter knife (or any other scraping tool), a piece of cardboard or a plastic scraper, and a surface that you don’t mind getting a little bit scratched. Start by laying the scraper against the glass, and then carefully scraping the sticker off from one end to the other using the blunt side of the knife. We would recommend using a plastic scraper for this, as a metal scraper could scratch your glass! If you’re struggling to get the sticker off, you can also try putting something like masking tape or a piece of paper on either side of the sticker to get a bit more traction and better leverage. Make sure you keep scraping in the direction of the grain on the glass though (towards the top of the glass) so that you don’t scrape your glass and scratch it. If the sticker is still resisting, you can also try and use a bit of dish soap to help dissolve the sticker a bit.
How To Remove Stickers from Glass: Drying Agent
As we’ve mentioned, glue is the biggest issue when it comes to removing stickers from glass. A lot of adhesive stickers can be removed simply by soaking them in water, but if you’re trying to remove a sticker that’s been on your glass for a while, this most likely won’t work. So, if you’re not having any luck with water, try using a drying agent or adhesive solvent to help dissolve the glue and make the sticker easier to remove. The best drying agent for this job is isopropyl alcohol. Because it’s a solvent, it will break down the glue on the sticker and make it much easier to peel off, so you don’t have to scrape at it for hours and damage your glass! The best thing about using a drying agent is that you don’t have to worry about damaging your glass either. Simply soak the sticker in the solvent, and leave it for a couple of hours. Then, slide the sticker off, and you’re good to go!
How To Remove Stickers from Glass: Heat Up The Glass
If you’re applying a sticker to a smooth, glossy surface, like a clear glass vase, jar, or even a mug, this solution is for you. If the surface you’re trying to apply your stickers to is very smooth, like a mirror or a piece of glass, the best way to remove them is to heat up the glass. This is best done with an iron, but you can also use a blowtorch or a heat gun if you have one handy. Put the iron on a low setting and place it on the glass in the corner of where the sticker is. After a few minutes, you should see the sticker start to peel off and come away from the glass. Make sure you don’t get the iron too hot, or you may damage the glass.
These solutions should help you remove pretty much any sticker from any surface, but it’s best to test a couple of methods and see what works best for you. If the sticker is really old and has set, you may have to scrape it off or use a solvent to help break it down and make it easier to remove. If it’s a really stubborn sticker, you can try and heat up the glass to help it peel away as well. Stickers are a great and creative way to decorate things like glass jars, windowsills, and mirrors, so don’t be put off by this article and think you can’t use them. With a bit of know-how, you should be able to remove any sticker from any surface, no matter how stubborn it is!
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