Getting Bumper Sticker Residue Off.....

… a plastic bumper? Don’t wanna use a scraper, and this adhesive remover I looked at at the parts store says not for use on plastic. So what do y’all receommend?



Eucalyptus oil. But test it on an inconspicuous spot first.

Orange oil works great. Spray it on, let it sit for a while, and wipe away the gunk. Sometimes it takes a little elbow grease, but it works.

That famous wonder liquid… WD-40. Best stuff made for taking off adhesive residues and won’t hurt your paint job either. Spray some on the adhesive, and a bit on an old towel and scrub a bit.

Lighter fluid will work too, but not quite as well. Takes a bit more elbow grease.

  1. Goo Gone (says do not use on rubber–are you sure the bumpers are plastic?)
  2. Mineral oil (baby oil).
  3. Any other kind of oil (vegetable oil, etc.)
  4. Peanut butter.

I’ll second the WD-40 recommendation. Great stuff. Second only to duct tape in all-around usefullness.

Another vote for WD-40, which is also very effective at removing used chewing gum from your bumpers.

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A hair dryer might help break down the stuff enough for you to scrape of with your fingernail.

Simple Green (in the spray bottle, not the aerosol) might help. Again, lots of elbow grease required. My other 2 cents is that this is best accomplished as soon as you get the sticker off, before the adhesive has a chance to dry/air cure.

Another vote from the WD-40 camp. That stuff works wonders! I carry a little can in my exterminator-mobile to keep the locks on the cap working smoothly, and it also takes glue-board adhesive off my Maglite[sup]tm[/sup] instantly.

I would follow Turbo Dog’s advice to the letter.

Try any vegetable oil first.