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Subject: How do you remove...
Date Posted: 12/10/2007 9:00 PM ET
Member Since: 11/6/2005
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the residue from the plastic wrap that sticks directly to a book?  I received two books wrapped in the stuff and it has left a sticky feeling on the covers that actually sticks to other surfaces. 

I emailed the sender, in case they didn't know this would happen...I don't want my credits back...but I would like to get that gunk off of the books!


Date Posted: 12/10/2007 9:04 PM ET
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Did they use the press n seal stuff?  I was able to get sticker glue off a book with mineral oil on a Qtip. I put some of the oil in a dixie cup and lightly dipped the qtip into and then very gently used it on the book.  You have to be very careful so you don't damage the book.  I wrap my books in saran wrap before I mail them and have received many books this way w/o a problem. 

Date Posted: 12/10/2007 11:36 PM ET
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if you have any alcohol pads like they use at the doctors office, they work very well to get the sticky off.

Date Posted: 12/11/2007 6:49 AM ET
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A little bit of Goo Gone might work.  That stuff worked miracles on one of my books that had scotch tape residue all over it.

Date Posted: 12/11/2007 7:27 AM ET
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I've also had good success with hand sanitizer (you can find a sample bottle at Walmart or drugstores, in the sample bins). There is enough alcohol in it to get the glue off, without moistening the books.

ETA: Hubby prefers to use a cheap hairspray that has a high alcohol content.

Last Edited on: 12/11/07 7:28 AM ET - Total times edited: 1
Date Posted: 12/11/2007 2:53 PM ET
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Thanks - I'll try the alcohol first and then work my way through the others if it doesn't work!

Date Posted: 12/11/2007 3:01 PM ET
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Doesn't it say somewhere along the way as you are printing out the wrapper not to use press-and-seal?  I thought it did.  If so, not even a newbie has an excuse, IMO.