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Subject: Sticker Residue?
Date Posted: 5/19/2008 9:38 AM ET
Member Since: 4/9/2007
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I recieved a book over the weekend that had a lot of gummy sticker residue on the back cover, I believe it was probably a former library book and they removed the library stickers from it.  But the reside is pretty gross (probably a couple square inches total) and while I can easily remove it, and I don't want to get my credit returned or anything, at the same time I want to know if this is something I should note on requestor conditions that I don't want in the future, or if it's something against the PBS rules.

Looking through the conditions there's stuff about staining, but not about residue.  Thoughts?  Should I submit this as recieved with a problem, or just put a note for PBS in the recieved screen?

Date Posted: 5/19/2008 9:42 AM ET
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Sticky residue is not against the rules so it should not be marked as a RWP transaction. If it is something you don't want in the future, put it in your RCs. Many people say Goo Gone on a Q-tip works really good for book cover residue as long as it is a shiny cover, not cloth.

Date Posted: 5/19/2008 10:47 AM ET
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Goo Gone works well but for some people it can be a little strong.  If that's the case you can try lighter fluid instead (the Zippo type).  It doesn't have as much of a solvent smell but works all the same.

Date Posted: 5/19/2008 11:06 AM ET
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I agree that it should NOT be marked RWP.  You can always add RCs that ask for no sticker residue, no stickers, or no former library books.

Date Posted: 5/19/2008 11:21 AM ET
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Thanks for clearing it up guys : ) I'll have to pick up some goo gone tonight, since my bottle has dissapeared.  I went ahead and just marked it recieved as normal.  I'm not sure if I'll add a note to my conditions, since it wasn't as big a problem and conditions seem to cause a bit of headache.


Thanks again!

Date Posted: 5/19/2008 1:34 PM ET
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Date Posted: 5/19/2008 1:35 PM ET
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Here is a tip I learned at swapadvd:  If you blowdry the sticker or sticky residue, the glue will loosen and you can peel the sticker off while it is still warm.  If you can't get it all the way off the first time, hold the blowdryer to it again.  I used this to remove a sticker from a cardboard DVD case and it came off with no damage.

Date Posted: 5/19/2008 2:08 PM ET
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I usually just use rubbing alcohol to remove sticker residue. It seems to work pretty well.

Date Posted: 5/19/2008 5:38 PM ET
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WD-40 works really nicely on the shiny covers also.

Date Posted: 5/19/2008 6:13 PM ET
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I don't have a problem with Goo Gone on ANY books.  Yes, it works better on shiny covers, but for all books any oily residue always disappears within a day.

Date Posted: 5/22/2008 11:09 AM ET
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I've also had success with goo gone.  I would say not to add a RC because this doesn't happen very often -- just have that bottle of goo gone (or solvent of choice) ready on the rare occasion when it does happen.

Date Posted: 5/22/2008 5:34 PM ET
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Goo-Gone works on the regular paper books as well as those with shiny covers.  It just takes a little longer for the liquid to absorb, but it does.  Pat

Date Posted: 5/23/2008 10:01 AM ET
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a little rubbing alcohol on a cotton ball is a very easy and cheaper than goo gone.

Date Posted: 5/23/2008 9:56 PM ET
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I use Un-Du (like scrapbookers use). It smells strong but the odor goes totally away when it dries. I put a dab on a soft cloth and clean the goo off.

Date Posted: 5/26/2008 1:22 PM ET
Member Since: 10/27/2007
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I would just be happy to get the books I request!  I would not care if they had a little residue on them! 

Since I have belonged to PBS, I have requested 6 books and gotten 3.  Two indicated they had been mailed, but they never showed up.  One never mailed at all. 

I have always gotten my credit back, but I am getting a little tired of requesting books, waiting for them, and then never getting them.  Does anyone else have this problem?  Or am I just unlucky? 

Date Posted: 5/26/2008 5:30 PM ET
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Hubby just gave me his WD-40 pen that came with a can he just bought, one of the uses listed on the package was removing price stickers from objects.  Now I can't wait to get a book with a sticker to see how well it works!!