How to Remove Bumper Stickers

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Removing bumper stickers is as simple as buying a good can of label and sticker remover to break down the glue. Remember to wash down a bumper with a water-based cleaner after removing a sticker with help from a certified master mechanic in this free video on car maintenance.

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Good afternoon, my name is Tom Brintzenhofe, Certified Master Mechanic out of Redding, PA. Today we are going to talk about how to remove bumper stickers. It's not too difficult. The biggest thing in your advantage is make sure you get yourself a good can of label and sticker remover. This stuff is pretty nasty. You don't want to get this in your eyes. So, the first thing you want to do is get yourself a pair of safety glasses. Make sure you put them on. They cost $2.00 or $3.00, a lot cheaper than a trip to the emergency room. A lot of these cans come with a little hose. Get that all hooked up. Make sure you spray it away from yourself. Just go ahead and spray it on there. Once you get that all sprayed on there and it sits for a good 5 or 6 minutes, this one has already been sitting for a little bit, but, you'll see it, it'll start working this glue off. You see, it should start peeling off pretty easy. It just basically comes right off and that stuff works real wonders on that glue on the inside. You can feel, it's going to get pretty slippery on the inside cause that glues breaking down. Once you get that corner gone, it pretty much comes off by itself. You got any stubborn, sometimes you have to do it one or two times, but when you're all said and done, just make sure you wipe this down with some good windex or any kind of a water based cleaner and you don't want to leave that sit on your paint too long. It might fade your paint a little bit. You know your worst case scenario, if you got a sticker that's a couple years old, three, four years old, just doesn't want to come off, keep one thing in mind when you're working on a plastic bumper like this, the last thing you want to use is a razor blade. A screwdriver might be okay, but just don't push too hard because these bumpers, they gouge pretty easy. The best thing to do is, like I said, if it doesn't come off relatively pretty easy, the best thing to do is just spray it down a few times and just work it a little bit by a little bit. Your best tool is your fingernail. Anything more than that, you're going to scratch and gouge your bumper. But, take that little bit of information to heart because these bumpers do damage real easy. A little elbow grease and a little fingernail and this spray and you should be able to get it off pretty easy.

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