Removing labels from metal? Easy

How to remove sticker residue from metal the easy way

Do you ever struggle with sticky labels on metal products? Read on to learn how to remove sticker residue from metal without damaging the surface so you can get back to your DIY project.

Removing stickers from metal

Isn’t it infuriating when companies put stickers on metal products? Whether it’s the barcode or a big ‘SALE’ sticker, you just have to get it off. Even if you manage to get the paper surface off, there is always that sticky residue you are left to scrape away with your thumbnail. There is an easier way. Try this:

  1. Use an old credit card to scrape off as much of the label as possible.
  2. Apply a water displacement product (e.g. spray lubricant) to a dry cloth and rub away until all the gooey residue has gone.
  3. Warm the metal surface with a hairdryer and the residue may simply wipe away with a cloth.
  4. Use a paper towel to dry the area and remove any remaining bits.

How to get glue off metal

There are many types of glue, so no one solution will fix everything, but most glues have similar components that can be broken down using the right product. Here are some suggestions:

  1. Use acetone or acetone-based nail polish remover to soften the glue. Apply to a dry cloth and hold against the glue for several minutes until it softens. 
  2. If acetone doesn’t work, try denatured alcohol, such as methylated spirit. Apply in the same way as above.
  3. Use a razor blade to scrape off the glue, but take care not to damage the metal surface. Here’s a useful tip when using a razor blade: Place masking tape over one edge to prevent cuts to your fingers.
  4. Use a dry cloth or paper towel to remove any residue and buff up the surface to restore the shine!

Avoid using anything abrasive on stainless steel, such as metal scrub pads. These types of products can scratch a metal surface leaving permanent marks.

Removing adhesive from metal: Start with the right glue!

Welding is pretty much a specialist job needing special equipment and training. However, with the right glue, you can carry out many bonding projects confidently and safely with an easy-to-clean-up glue!
Below are three types of great glues for most metalwork DIY projects:

  1. Adhesives: There are several types to suit most conditions—clear or opaque, fast or slow setting, rigid or flexible. LePage Heavy Duty Spray Adhesive is ideal for metalwork where support or clamping is not practical. It provides a permanent bond and resists extremes in temperature.
  2. Epoxies: These are two-part systems consisting of an epoxy resin and a hardener, which produces a tough, rigid, high-strength bond in around 10 minutes. Try LePage Epoxy Steel. With its easy-to-use dispenser, you get the right amount of resin and hardener every time. This cures to a metallic gray finish and can be easily sanded down for a smooth finish. It does not shrink or expand and is resistant to water and most common solvents.
  3. Super glues: These are high-performance glues that set in seconds, like LePage Super Glue Gel Control. Its gel formula works great on all metals, and it dries clear and sets without clamping. With its easy-to-use side squeeze design, you can feel confident using it. LePage helps to keep your metal surfaces clean and shiny.

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