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How to Remove Stickers From Metal

February 15, 2023  |  
How to Remove Stickers From Metal

Metal is a durable surface and can withstand just about any product and sticker-removal method. However, our team at StickerYou has provided some methods that won’t risk damage to your metal surfaces. 

These methods on how to remove stickers will get your metal surface ready for new stickers, decals, and labels in no time!

How to Remove Stickers From Metal With Baby Oil and Heat

Heat and oil work wonders on metal, especially with sticker removal.

  • Step 1: Take a cotton ball and apply coconut oil, or even cooking oil, to the sticker surface.
  • Step 2: Rub the soaked cotton ball in a circular motion over the sticker area. 
  • Step 3: Using a hairdryer on medium heat, heat the sticker covered in baby oil. This will loosen the sticker adhesive, and you’ll be able to use a plastic card or scraper to scratch the sticker off gently.
  • Step 4: Once the sticker is off, use a paper towel to wipe off the solution and dry the area.
How to remove stickers from metal with baby oil.

How to Remove Stickers From Metal With Oil and Baking Soda

For those individuals seeking a cheap alternative to removing stickers, reach for the oil and baking soda. Since these are common household items, you likely won’t spend a cent with this method. 

All you’ll need is an old credit card, a small plastic container, coconut oil (or any oil for that matter) and baking soda. 

  • Step 1: Mix a spoonful of baking soda with coconut oil in a small container until it forms a paste. 
  • Step 2: Apply liberally to the sticker area and allow it to sit for a few minutes. Wait until the edges of the sticker start to curl up. This is when you know the sticker is starting to loosen up!
  • Step 3: Using an old credit card, gently scrape away the sticker. It should come off easily. If it doesn’t, reapply the baking soda and oil solution and soak for a little longer. 
  • Step 4: Once you remove the sticker, wipe the area with a damp cloth and check that all the sticker residue has been removed before drying with a cloth or rag.

How to Remove Stickers From Metal With DIY Soapy Water Spray 

For this spray—which is great on just about any surface—you’ll need dish soap, hot water, a plastic spray bottle, a plastic scraper or razor blade, and a soft cloth. That’s it! 

  • Step 1: Pour hot water and a few drops of dish soap into the spray bottle. Shake thoroughly until it’s nice and foamy.
  • Step 2: Generously spray on the sticker area and leave it to soak.
  • Step 3: When you see the sticker starting to loosen or curl at the edges, use a plastic scraper or razor blade to scrape the sticker gently. Hold the scraping tool at an angle and start in the corners. 
  • Step 4: Once you remove the sticker, wipe the surface with soapy water and dry thoroughly with a towel or rag.
How to remove stickers from metal with soapy water.

Tips When Removing Stickers From Metal

  1. First, try plastic scrapers to prevent damage on the metal surface, and then try a harder, sharper scraper. Some metals can withstand a sharp edge without getting damaged.
  2. Some metals can withstand the application of abrasive materials and products without becoming damaged, but be sure to test a small area first before using abrasive materials and products on the whole area.
  3. Some metal surfaces require a finishing product or varnish. Be sure to apply this to leave a smooth, shiny surface.

These tips should make it simple for you to remove stickers from any metal surface like fridges, without hassle. If you have any other suggestions or methods that work for you feel free to let us know! We’d love to add it to our list.

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