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    WD-40 - Removing sticker adhesive.

    I recently bought four 'parts boxes' that were a bargain at $1.49 each from Harbor Freight. Well, I soon realized why! [:@] Well, maybe not. But, the sticker on the entire top of the 'clear' lid would not come off. It was one of those stickers that if you try to peel it off, it just tears off in a splinter and even if you scrape with your fingernail you can barely make any headway.

    I then resorted to soaking the lids in hot soapy water. That enabled me to get the 'paper' portion of the sticker off by scraping it with a credit card. But the adhesive remained. I tried 91% rubbing alcohol. Nothing happened. I tried my wifes fingernail polish remover (acetone). All it did was smear the adhesive. I was at a loss and very frustrated. Then I remembered my wife had bought a book called " 2001 Cleaning Secrets" and I took a look in that book. It has a few tips about removing stickers, glue, etc. For stickers, it said to spray WD-40 on them and let it soak a minute. I tried it, and wow! It was like a miracle solution. It took a bit of cloth as the glue comes off on the cloth and you have to keep turning it over (there was a lot of glue on each lid) but boy-oh-boy does it work great!
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    RE: WD-40 - Removing sticker adhesive.

    ....yep....WD-40 is primarily and formost a solvent. Smell some real solvent...smell the
    WD-40....

    ....same same.

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    RE: WD-40 - Removing sticker adhesive.

    Another product that works and is a vailable at your local super/hardware store is called Goo-Gone, don't know if I spelled that right? I have also used lighter fluid to do this.

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    RE: WD-40 - Removing sticker adhesive.

    Also believe it or not Avon Skin So Soft works great at removing residue. Also works against mosquitos.
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    RE: WD-40 - Removing sticker adhesive.

    Would you believe the same book suggested using salad oil.
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    RE: WD-40 - Removing sticker adhesive.

    Another thing that works wonders for this is Ronsonal lighter fliud (the type used in Zippo lighters). Since it's petroleum based it does a great job on getting the sticky stuff off. I've found that it will work on some things that even Goo-gone won't touch.

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    RE: WD-40 - Removing sticker adhesive.


    ORIGINAL: Kmot

    Would you believe the same book suggested using salad oil.

    Is that the type that uses balsamic vinegar?
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    RE: WD-40 - Removing sticker adhesive.

    Just heard on a local radio trivia show that the WD stands for "water displacement" and the 40 represents the 40th attempt at the formula before the developers were satisfied. Don't know if it's all true, but sounds plausible. BTW, I have found that heating stubborn labels with a heat gun will soften the glue and allow them to be peeled off, leaving a glue residual tha can be cleaned up with whatever will cut it--goo off, alcohol, mineral spirits, and now WD-40.

    Great tip. Thanks.
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    ORIGINAL: FlyingGreg

    Just heard on a local radio trivia show that the WD stands for "water displacement" and the 40 represents the 40th attempt at the formula before the developers were satisfied. Don't know if it's all true, but sounds plausible.
    Yes, this is 100% true.

    [link]http://www.wd40.com/AboutUs/our_history.html[/link]

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    RE: WD-40 - Removing sticker adhesive.

    When I moved here to Minnesota I was amazed to find how many uses these folks have for WD-40 (And of course, Duct Tape)

    Many of them seemed pretty interesting, like spraying it into your car's carb to help it start on cold days. But then i found that modelers were doing the same with their glow engines! (but apparently the formula was recently changed and this no longer works)

    But the best one I ever heard is...

    Spray it on your bait when you go fishing. It works as an attractant. And believe it or not - IT WORKS!

    I always keep a can in the boat now
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    RE: WD-40 - Removing sticker adhesive.

    Anything petroleum based will do it.

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    RE: WD-40 - Removing sticker adhesive.

    Minn....I thought those fish tasted oily.
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    RE: WD-40 - Removing sticker adhesive.

    ORIGINAL: FlyingGreg

    Just heard on a local radio trivia show that the WD stands for "water displacement" and the 40 represents the 40th attempt at the formula before the developers were satisfied. Don't know if it's all true, but sounds plausible. BTW, I have found that heating stubborn labels with a heat gun will soften the glue and allow them to be peeled off, leaving a glue residual tha can be cleaned up with whatever will cut it--goo off, alcohol, mineral spirits, and now WD-40.

    Great tip. Thanks.
    That is true. The WD-40 company is about 15 miles from my home. I have used that stuff for years.I found out that if you spray it on your engine and then use a stiff brush it will remove almost all burn on oil and such. Another thing I use for cleaning engines is brake cleaner, but you MUST cover all painted surfaces as it my take the gloss off painted surfaces, Brake cleaner will remove all oil and dirt then dries within seconds. It is also great because it can get between the cooling fins. I use it on my RCS 215 about once every five flights to keep oil and dirt from building up on those five cylinders.
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    RE: WD-40 - Removing sticker adhesive.

    It will also take off the white CA haze off covering.
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