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Subject: advice on removing stickers from books covers?
Date Posted: 6/3/2009 1:35 PM ET
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I often buy books at used book stores, thrift shops, and garage sales and they often come with stickers on the covers or back. Some of the stickers come off easily and some refuse to come off and leave sticky residue.

Does anyone know how to remove stubborn stickers without leaving residue or damaging the book, or how to get rid of the residue if the sticker leaves it behind? Any help would be greatly appreciated.

Date Posted: 6/3/2009 1:41 PM ET
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there are other threads about this .. if you search.

Some people like baby oil ... use a small amount, let it soak in to the sticky, should wipe off with a paper towel.

I use Goo Gone, myself, Just a drop or two will get rid of the stickiest mess.

Just be careful not to try this on the covers where whatever you use will soak in ... if the book gets an oil stain, it will be unpostable.

It is postable, with the stickers. If you are sending it out, might just want to leave the stickers on.

Date Posted: 6/3/2009 1:42 PM ET
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Last Edited on: 2/3/15 7:34 PM ET - Total times edited: 1
Date Posted: 6/3/2009 1:45 PM ET
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Goo Gone.  It works great.  I've gotten a lot of ex-library books and had to remove those stubborn library stickers.  Goo Gone worked best on those with shiny covers, but if you are careful it works even on those that aren't shiny.  And it NEVER left a residue.  Any residue left over after removing the sticker evaporates so that you can't even tell it was there.

Last Edited on: 6/3/09 1:47 PM ET - Total times edited: 1
Date Posted: 6/3/2009 2:13 PM ET
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I'm another advocate for Goo Gone. 

If it's one of those tenacious stickers that leave a black, sticky mess behind, I'll use a hairdryer first, then a small amount of Goo Gone on any residue left behind.

Date Posted: 6/3/2009 3:50 PM ET
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Yet another for goo gone. It works great.

Date Posted: 6/4/2009 11:17 AM ET
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I've successfully used a little nail polish remover as a substitute for Goo Gone.

Date Posted: 6/4/2009 4:49 PM ET
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I'm a fan of using the blowdryer to loosen old, dried-on stickers, then using the sticky tape method metioned above for the residue.

Date Posted: 6/4/2009 6:12 PM ET
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Rubber cement thinner (sold at art supply stores) is the absolute best!

Date Posted: 6/5/2009 6:35 PM ET
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De-Solv-it Citrus Solution  click link--

You can purchase De-Solv-it  at hardware and grocery stores.

I love this stuff !  It is safer than Goo-Gone.

I also keep a spray bottle of rubbing alcohol ( 70% isoprophyl alcohol) and tissues  to wipe off books--