How to Get Sticker Residue Off

You drive your new car up your driveway, proudly. It still has the ‘fresh-out-of-the-garage’ look and is shiny enough for you to see your own reflection. But then you spot the array of unsightly bumper stickers on your new pride and joy. You try to peel them off, but they leave a white sticky mess. So, how do you get rid of sticker residue? First things first, it’s important you don’t reach for that knife as you don’t want to scratch your new car. Read our guide below for the best ways to remove sticker residue in an instant.

By Hand

First, try to use your fingers to get rid of as much of the sticky mess as possible. Simply use your fingertips to roll the residue into balls and pick them off. For the last few bits left, use one of our methods below.

WD-40® Multi-Use Product

WD-40 is the ultimate go-to lubricant and did you know it can loosen the hold of sticky substances such as sticker residue? All you need to do is simply spray some WD-40 Multi-Use Product onto the sticker (for a more precise application, use the WD-40® Smart Straw Multi-Use). Once applied, let the formula sit for several minutes and then use a clean rag to wipe away the unwanted residue.

Plastic Car Scrapers

Plastic scrapers are designed to be used safely on cars. Although they are usually used to scrape off ice, you can use them to remove any residue of stickers too. Always be careful when scraping and ensure you don’t scratch the surface.

 Hot Water

 Put some washing up liquid in some hot water and soak a cloth in the mixture. Next, dab the cloth onto the sticker residue on the car and try to peel off the leftover gunk with your fingers or a plastic scraper.


 If you have a long outdoor cord, you can use a hairdryer to loosen the adhesive before peeling off the hardened residue with your fingers or a plastic scraper.

 Rubbing Alcohol

 Wet a clean rag with rubbing alcohol or vodka and rub on the sticker residue. Use the rag or your fingers to peel off the loosened sticker.

 Peanut Butter

 Use a teaspoon to drop a blob of peanut butter onto the sticker residue and leave it for a few minutes. After, use a clean rag to remove the peanut butter and the left-over residue.

 Olive Oil

 Apply some olive oil to the sticker to soften it. Then use a plastic scraper or an abrasive surface to gently clean away what is left.


 Soak a paper towel or a rag in vinegar and lay it across the sticker. Leave it for a few minutes to soak in and then wipe the sticker away with a clean rag.

 Now you know the best ways to remove sticker residue, why not read our other tips & tricks guides such as How To Remove Rust or How To Get Rid Of Crayon On The Walls or How To Clean Paint Brushes.


The uses shown and described for WD-40 Multi-Use Product were provided to WD-40 Company by the users themselves. These uses haven’t been tested by WD-40 Company and do not constitute a recommendation of suggestion for use by WD-40 Company. Common sense should be exercised whenever using WD-40 Company products. Always follow the instructions and take heed of any warnings printed on the packaging.

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