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Old 03-18-2005, 04:53 PM   #1 (permalink)
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How to removing CD jewell box labels?

The removing car windows stickers thread reminded me of a problem.

I have been removing CD jewell box price & advertising labels by finger nail and thumb rubbing. Dish detergent does not work so well and stronger chemicals may cloud the plastic.

Anyone know a good method to remove the labels?

(please)
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Old 03-18-2005, 07:48 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Get a knife

Or buy used CD's off ebay for $3 apiece
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Old 03-18-2005, 09:05 PM   #3 (permalink)
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Old 03-19-2005, 12:17 AM   #4 (permalink)
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place the cd case in warm water. this will loosen the sticky and should peel off without a problem.
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Old 03-19-2005, 03:54 AM   #5 (permalink)
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yep, nothing beats good old goo-gone.

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Old 03-19-2005, 03:57 PM   #6 (permalink)
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Old 03-20-2005, 02:00 PM   #7 (permalink)
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thank you for your helpful replies.

I don't think I'm going to find Goo Gone here in Holland.
Can someone tell me the active ingredient(s)?

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Old 03-20-2005, 02:14 PM   #8 (permalink)
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Use a hair dryer and set it on low heat. Go over the label several time (until it feels hot), peel one corner with a pin and lift it. If low heat doesn't work, go to high heat but be careful not to get burned. You can warm up the label adhesive from the backside of the label, too.
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Old 03-20-2005, 02:55 PM   #9 (permalink)
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Use a hair dryer and set it on low heat. Go over the label several time (until it feels hot), peel one corner with a pin and lift it. If low heat doesn't work, go to high heat but be careful not to get burned. You can warm up the label adhesive from the backside of the label, too.
Right there is your best answer.Period.
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Old 03-21-2005, 07:15 AM   #10 (permalink)
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thank you for your helpful replies.

I don't think I'm going to find Goo Gone here in Holland.
Can someone tell me the active ingredient(s)?
Basically citrus-based.
What is Goo Gone?
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Old 03-21-2005, 01:35 PM   #11 (permalink)
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rubbing alcohol
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Old 03-22-2005, 04:01 PM   #12 (permalink)
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i need to find me a bottle or box or cartridge of this GOO GONE that people speak of. sounds like magic...
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Old 03-22-2005, 04:59 PM   #13 (permalink)
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...and a razor blade.
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Old 03-23-2005, 12:52 AM   #14 (permalink)
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Here in New Zealand, you can get a spray from the supermarket (don't remember the name), but it should be pretty obvious.

If you peel the sticker really carefully/slowly and take care of any splits, you should be ok in removing it all.
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Old 03-24-2005, 12:02 PM   #15 (permalink)
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This might be best.

Sticker Lifter

Combine Goo Gone's goo-removing expertise with our handy Sticker Lifter tool and you have Goo Gone Sticker Lifter, the easy sticker, label, gum, tape and decal removing system. Sticker Lifter works immediately to loosen the adhesive bond, while our ergonomic, multi-use Sticker Lifter tool easily lifts the problem right off the surface - clean and scratch-free.
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Old 03-24-2005, 03:44 PM   #16 (permalink)
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I've just always been really good about doing it by hand with little or no sticky stuff left over. Call it a talent I guess
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Old 03-27-2005, 02:36 AM   #17 (permalink)
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I've always used the finger nail and thumb rub technique :-)
Sometimes adding dish detergent to remove stubborn glue.

I want to find a better way.
I don't want to cloud the plastic or skratch it.
I want the labels to fall off or wipe away leaving no residue.

That is my quest.
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Old 03-27-2005, 02:09 PM   #18 (permalink)
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After I peel it off and it still has some of that sticky stuff left on the cover, I use masking tape or something to stick it off.
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Old 03-28-2005, 01:46 AM   #19 (permalink)
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I do two steps:

1. Nail polish remover - Only problem is it creates a "foggy" smudge on some surfaces like plastic or glass sometimes.

2. Windex - To remove any smudges

Just use one of those pads that your mother/gf uses to wipe off their makeup or whatever the hell those little round white cusiony pads are for for tep 1 and then use a paper towel for step 2.
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Old 03-29-2005, 03:16 PM   #20 (permalink)
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masking tape...hmm

use something sticky to remove something sticky :-)
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Old 03-30-2005, 10:47 AM   #21 (permalink)
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There's actually a really easy technique that involves no liquids:

Most of the time, the sticky label is on the top edge of the CD. Gently, pull the hinge out of its slot on the bottom/opposite side from the label. Pull the 2 halves apart, remove the sticker, and re-assemble.
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Old 04-03-2005, 08:18 PM   #22 (permalink)
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Get either a can of computer component cooler from Radio Shack (or local electronics store) or a can of compressed air (air duster for a computer).

Either spray on the cooler or turn the air can upside down and spray the label until it's soaked. Be careful, it will come out at a temperature low enough to cause frostbite. When it ices over, scrape the sticker off with a plastic tab from a bag of bread.

Side note: if you spray an upside-down can of duster on an envelope, it will become trasnparent for a few seconds. If you take a digital photo in that time, you can read the first layer of text and reconstruct the next layer or two of paper. Let it air dry and nobody will ever know
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Old 04-05-2005, 02:16 PM   #23 (permalink)
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There's actually a really easy technique that involves no liquids:

Most of the time, the sticky label is on the top edge of the CD. Gently, pull the hinge out of its slot on the bottom/opposite side from the label. Pull the 2 halves apart, remove the sticker, and re-assemble.

This is what I do. There is usually some residue though you'll need to use goo gone or mineral spirits to remove.
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Old 04-08-2005, 10:01 AM   #24 (permalink)
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There's actually a really easy technique that involves no liquids:

Most of the time, the sticky label is on the top edge of the CD. Gently, pull the hinge out of its slot on the bottom/opposite side from the label. Pull the 2 halves apart, remove the sticker, and re-assemble.
I also use this methed, and very RARELY have any residue left over... if any at all. A friend who purchased about 4-5 new CD's a week (way too many, IMHO) taught me this trick as I was complaining about it one day years ago.

Works very well!
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Old 04-08-2005, 05:45 PM   #25 (permalink)
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I think that the razor blade method works the best. It has not failed me yet, and dear god I buy a lot of CD's.
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Old 04-09-2005, 07:48 AM   #26 (permalink)
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thank you for your helpful replies.

I don't think I'm going to find Goo Gone here in Holland.
Can someone tell me the active ingredient(s)?
I'll bet you can fnd it or something like it. Just go to a craft store.
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Old 04-10-2005, 04:18 AM   #27 (permalink)
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Eucalyptus oil will probably work but im not sure if it will make it fog at all
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Old 04-19-2005, 01:26 PM   #28 (permalink)
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I've always used lighter fluid like you use for a Zippo, works great to get any residue off
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Old 04-25-2005, 12:32 PM   #29 (permalink)
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I've always used lighter fluid like you use for a Zippo, works great to get any residue off
Zippo fluid is best for any adhesive problems!
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Old 04-30-2005, 02:31 PM   #30 (permalink)
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wow, this thread is still alive.

no fogging allowed :-)


Quote:
Originally Posted by DirtyDave
There's actually a really easy technique that involves no liquids:

Most of the time, the sticky label is on the top edge of the CD. Gently, pull the hinge out of its slot on the bottom/opposite side from the label. Pull the 2 halves apart, remove the sticker, and re-assemble.
Endquote

I keep reading this but don't understand! It seems to say just peel the label off.
Or remove a label that is not glued.
If it was that easy I would not have started the thread.
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Old 04-30-2005, 03:05 PM   #31 (permalink)
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flat5, you're not the only who doesn't get it, but I figured it was something they did in the US, but now I'm not so sure...

Can someone post a picture of what it's suppose to look like?
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Old 04-30-2005, 03:16 PM   #32 (permalink)
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acetone anyone? get some fingernail polish remover, just make sure it's not the non-acetone kind.

or does that cloud the plastic?
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Old 04-30-2005, 07:05 PM   #33 (permalink)
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lighter fluid also works... eg: zippo fluid
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Old 05-01-2005, 03:22 AM   #34 (permalink)
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yeah, no one is saying if the spirit solutions cloud the plastic.
Just got to test it I guess.
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