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I have a cleaning business and recently took on cleaning windows for new construction jobs, what is the best method to remove paint and stickers without scratching and also washing them in a timely fashion?
Submitted: 11 years ago.
Category: General
Expert:  Christopher Valk replied 11 years ago.
Nail polish remover. Preferably 100% Acetone. Remember to wear gloves!
Customer: replied 11 years ago.
Reply to Christopher Valk's Post: I cannot use nail polish remover as an everyday use because of the smell to the new home owners. Besides getting the paint and stickers off I still need to know the correct method for washing them too, without streaking in a timely fashion.
Expert:  Christopher Valk replied 11 years ago.

1st Question.

Here is a list of other substances that can remove stickers:

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lighter fluid
lacquer thinner
your fingernail
warm soapy water
rubbing with your fingers
denatured alcohol
mineral oil
furniture oil
paint thinner
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finger nail polish remover
lift it off with (scotch?) tape
a razor blade scraper
heating with a hair dryer
heating with a heat gun on low
3M adhesive remover
Goo Gone
Goof Off
baby oil
vegetable oil

With some of these you can get more effect on stubborn stuff by letting it soak for a while after wetting it. Others must be wiped off fairly quickly to prevent marring the finish or evaporating.

If there's any doubt whether it will harm the surface, test on an inconspicuous area first.

If you plan to paint afterward don't choose an oily one like WD-40 or Crisco

2nd Question.

I worked as a janitor for about 3 years and the best method to clean mirrors and windows without streaking was to use paper towels, soap and water, and clean from left to right from top to bottom.

Expert:  Joseph Barcus replied 11 years ago.
3M general purpose adheasive remover or / Pressure sensitive adhesive logo's can be removed with a hair dryer. or /SPRAY THE STICKERS WITH A SPRAY CAN OF GLASS CLEANER.(ANY BRAND WILL DO). AFTER
Expert:  martye replied 11 years ago.

Being a contractor, I can sympathize with yor problem. It seems every product icomes with a sticker on it !! I have removed, literally, hundreds
of stickers!! The problem is that every adhesive is different. On a
toilet, for instance, there may be 3 labels. One will peel off, one
will come off with just water and one will be an S.O.B. !! I have found
the best approach is try peeling it off first. If that doesn't work,
try water or Windex (soak it well and let it set awhile) If that
doesn't work,try WD-40 .I have never seen WD-40 harm ANY surface!!
Finally try GOO-GONE or lighter fluid (baisicly the same thing, exept
lighter fluid is cheaper)

Be careful with this as 1) it's flammable and 2) it can stain fabrics
an finishes. Always start with the least aggressive method (peeling)
and advance from there. If you don't, you can "set" the adhesive,
making it even more difficult to remove.

You will find (over time) which labels can be removed with which method. This is what makes us "professionals" !!

Good Luck in your endeavor!!

I hope this answered your questions. If it did, kindly click the
"accept" button to reward my efforts. If it did not, let me know how I
can assist you further.



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