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Best solvent to remove California CAV sticker residue?

Thu Jan 03, 2019 10:07 pm

Now, I know technically I can get extended red CAV stickers for my car, but I'm never single occupancy ANYWAY, and the white ones just turned in to pumpkins... Has anybody had any luck with getting the "VOID VOID VOID" sticker residue off the bumpers? I can say that denatured alcohol really doesn't do much. Of course it's pretty safe for the paint too. Lacquer thinner would do the job, but it would also probably eat a hole in the fender at the same time....

Thoughts on this?

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Re: Best solvent to remove California CAV sticker residue?

Fri Jan 04, 2019 4:57 am

I second the request!

Or is it better to just clean my old white stickers and apply the red ones over them?

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Re: Best solvent to remove California CAV sticker residue?

Fri Jan 04, 2019 9:53 am

I read this elsewhere :

PersonOne wrote:The only issue is removing the residue glue from the old stickers... What a workout, I used Goo Gone, Alcohol and a lot of elbow grease but I got it all out.

Somebody Else wrote:Removing the old stickers is trivial, if you briefly hit them with a heat gun. In my case, both layers came off at once, without activating the voiding on the sticker(s). There was a little residue that came off easily with a solvent based adhesive remover. I used a 3M product, but goo-gone will probably work just fine.

I realize most folks don't have a heat gun, but a handheld hair dryer will get you most of the way, with a little more patience.

Another Person Said wrote:I put my red decals right on top of the old ones, as suggested in the literature provided with the red decals. It was not difficult. If you choose to remove the old ones, be very careful when using heat or solvents to remove the decals: it is likely very easy to damage the painted plastic fenders and bumpers. Goo-Gone has a strong solvent in it that may attack the paint, but a very brief exposure may not cause any damage.

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Re: Best solvent to remove California CAV sticker residue?

Fri Jan 04, 2019 12:27 pm

Bug and tar remover should work and can be found at most auto parts stores. It also works well for bugs and tar.
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