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Here’s how to get sticky residue off plastic 

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Learning how to get sticky residue off plastic in a snap with our guide. Whether it be stickers, labels, gum or glue residue, we’ve got the best glue removal methods to get you out of any sticky situation. 

    How to get sticky residue off plastic: What you need

    Removing sticky residue left from tape, stickers or labels can be a pain in the neck!  Before you reach for a straight razor or putty knife, keep in mind that even the hardest of plastics can be damaged with these tools.  

    Here’s the list of tools you’ll need to remove adhesive from plastic:

    • Warm soapy water, white vinegar, or nail polish remover
    • A cloth
    • A plastic card, or other semi-hard object like a tongue depressor for gentle scraping 
    A hand rubs a cloth over a sticker on a plastic bowl.
    In just a few steps, you can remove glue residue and stickers

    How to remove glue residue from plastic

    Once you’ve gathered your tools, you’re ready to tackle the job. Here’s what to do. 

    1. Saturate the cloth in either the warm soapy water, white vinegar or nail polish remover. 
    2. Place the rag over the area and allow for the solution to saturate the adhesive. Soak times will vary depending on the size and adhesion power of the residue. 
    3. Wipe away the solution (and the sticker, label, or glue) with the cloth. 
    4. Scrape away any remaining residue with a credit card or other scraping tool. Take care not to rip, scratch or puncture the plastic.  
    5. Repeat the process if any stubborn residue remains.
    6. Clean the area with a cloth and wipe it dry. If you’ve used oil or vinegar, you may need to gently wash away the odor.   
    A person removes a sticker from a plastic bowl with a cloth.
    If the glue residue is soaked in water, it will come off easily

    Successfully removed glue residue from plastic? Start fresh with top plastic adhesives

    If the old adhesive didn’t stand up to the challenge, it’s time for a game changer. Loctite Plastics Bonding System is a two-part system designed to hold strong on difficult to bond plastic surfaces.  

    For a less permanent hold, Loctite FUN-TAK Mounting Putty is a great alternative to glue or tape. Its non-toxic formula makes it safe for children and perfect for use at home and in the classroom. Hang laminated artwork, plastic posters or secure plastic tablecloths with ease and movability.  

    Products used

    • Loctite Funtak FOP carded 2oz
      Loctite Funtak Mounting Putty

      Mounting signs and posters. A safe, easy, removable and repositionable alternative to nails.

    • Loctite Plastics Bonder Super Glue 2g Tube
      Loctite Super Glue Plastics Bonding System

      Permanent bonding of plastic surfaces. 2-part system with Activator and Adhesive.

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