How to Remove Stickers From a Frame

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Stickers, labels and decals can all be difficult to remove.
Stickers, labels and decals can all be difficult to remove. (Image: travel baggage stickers tags & labels - grunge tex image by Wingnut Designs from Fotolia.com)

Occasionally, an overzealous child may place stickers on unwanted surfaces such as wood frames, or you may find that price stickers are very difficult to remove when you get your new frame home. Removing stickers from a frame can be accomplished with the help of a few common and inexpensive household items. These items will remove both the sticker and the adhesive glue normally left behind from the sticker.

Things You'll Need

  • Cotton balls
  • White vinegar
  • Plastic paint scraper
  • Cloths
  • Hair dryer
  • Rubbing alcohol
  • Water-displacing spray

Vinegar

Saturate a cotton ball in white vinegar. Rub the edges of the sticker with the cotton ball until the sticker is thoroughly saturated.

Scrape the sticker off the frame using a plastic paint scraper. If you meet resistance, apply more white vinegar to the sticker.

Continue scraping and applying the vinegar until you have removed all traces of the sticker.

Rub the leftover adhesive with the saturated cotton ball. Wipe the picture frame with a cloth dampened in cool water.

Heat

Hold a hair dryer a few inches above the sticker. Set the hair dryer on medium and turn on.

Move the hair dryer back and forth above the sticker for several seconds.

Scrape the sticker off the frame with a plastic scraper. If you meet resistance, repeat steps 1 and 2 until the adhesive is softened and you can scrape the rest of the sticker off the frame.

Wipe the frame clean with a damp cloth.

Rubbing Alcohol

Dampen a cloth with rubbing alcohol. Scrub the sticker with the cloth for several seconds until the sticker is saturated with the rubbing alcohol.

Soak into the sticker with the rubbing alcohol for five minutes.

Scrape the sticker off the frame with a plastic paint scraper. If needed, continue to scrub the sticker with the saturated cloth.

Wipe the frame clean with a damp cloth.

Water-Displacing Spray

Apply water-displacing spray -- such as WD-40 -- directly on the sticker.

Allow the spray to soak into the sticker for 30 seconds.

Wipe the sticker off the frame with a damp cloth.

Repeat the process if needed.

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