HOME  |  NEWS  |  BLOGS  |  MESSAGES  |  FEATURES  |  VIDEOS  |  WEBINARS  |  INDUSTRIES  |  FOCUS ON FUNDAMENTALS
  |  REGISTER  |  LOGIN  |  HELP
Blogs
Made by Monkeys

Parking Decal Puts Driver in Sticky Spot

NO RATINGS
View Comments: Newest First|Oldest First|Threaded View
Page 1/3  >  >>
autoengineer
User Rank
Iron
Window Stickers
autoengineer   9/4/2014 8:41:58 PM
NO RATINGS
I commend those who are cognizant of the effects of solvents on the plastic of the 'dash', ie instrument panel. Using the wrong solvent may result in embrittlement of the plastic and eventual sudden collapse of the instrument panel from the car's body. This usually occurs during driving due to vibration and results in severe injury or death from the ensuing accident.

As far as the stickers, I attach them to something clear like a piece of plastic or food stretch wrap then use clear packaging tape to apply it to the window. The tape is easy to remove after only 1 year and usually leaves no glue on the glass.

Cadman-LT
User Rank
Platinum
Re: Simple solvent for removing adhesive
Cadman-LT   8/20/2014 10:35:07 AM
NO RATINGS
Matt G, thanks. I won't tell anyone!

Matt G.
User Rank
Iron
Simple solvent for removing adhesive
Matt G.   8/6/2014 6:42:01 PM
NO RATINGS
I am surprised that no one mentioned using Naptha to remove the adhesive.  It is a great adhesive solvent and, usually, does not affect paint or most plastics.  Unfortunately, in California we can no longer purchase Naptha at Home Depot, Lowes or other DIY stores.  Naptha was the solvent used for rubber cement removal in graphic work.  The "approved" substitute removes paint and will soften many plastics.  Don't tell anyone, but the Zippo type lighter fluid is Naptha and works just fine. 

Randy Butturini
User Rank
Iron
An even simpler solution
Randy Butturini   8/6/2014 3:36:41 PM
NO RATINGS
We finally gave up with the flimsy stickers and their industrial strength glue.  When our yearly sticker arrived.  We affixed it to a sheet of plastic food wrap, then trimmed the edges.  Now you have a sticker where you decide what the adhesive is.  The most convenient for us was an office glue stick.  One dab in each corner, and the sticker would stay all year.  Of course replacement was a snap (or should i say a stick).

johnr
User Rank
Gold
Re: There is a simple solution
johnr   7/25/2014 6:34:07 PM
NO RATINGS
For the use in the original article, this should work fine, since having the license plate number included on the sticker.  This would prevent transfering them between vehicles.  (Well, you could still transfer the sticker, but it would be easily detected.)

The company I work for uses the polymer material for the parking stickers we have to have, and they're very easy to remove and reapply.  When we sold one of our cars I removed the parking sticker, but I needed a place to keep it until we bought a replacement car.  So, I stuck the sticker in the corner of a kitchen window.  It ended up being a couple of years before we replace that vehicle, so in the meanwhile I could have legally parked our house in the parking lot at work ... if I somehow could have gotten it there!

makirkwold
User Rank
Iron
Re: Goo Gone
makirkwold   7/25/2014 1:03:01 PM
NO RATINGS
The "moneys" are the agencies who issue these stickers. The stickers are required to be removed every year and yet they have made it impossible (or just very difficult) do so.

Herb Johnson
User Rank
Iron
Re: Goo Gone
Herb Johnson   7/25/2014 12:29:24 PM
NO RATINGS
Automotive stickers are hard to remove, and hard to remove intact, because the agencies who issue them, want to stop people from transferring those stickers to other cars. If they come off in pieces that serves that purpose. By design.

Glues respond to various solvents based on their chemistry. "Goo Gone" uses toluene which is pretty "strong" and will remove paints, has strong odor, and so on. Research "removing stains" or "removing glue" to get more information on both glues and solvents. I'd call doing that either "research" or "homework".

Who are the "monkeys" in this situation?

 

 

jrh_engineer
User Rank
Silver
Re: Tricky stickers
jrh_engineer   7/24/2014 7:40:07 PM
NO RATINGS
I have long dreamed of the day when all stickers would be mandated to have a small logo on them which identified the adhesive type. This would mean that one could reach for the correct solvent first time. I do recognise that the chances of this happening are, to put it mildly, infinitesimal. But, one can always hope...

stn564
User Rank
Bronze
Non-Stick....yeah right
stn564   7/24/2014 6:16:28 PM
NO RATINGS
Best one I had was a non-stick frying pan.  But the label in the middle of the pan stuck to it very well.  I could not get it off and no solvents seemed to work.  I returned it to the shop, and apparently I was not the first one to do so....

Greg M. Jung
User Rank
Platinum
Re: Goo Gone
Greg M. Jung   7/10/2014 9:58:16 AM
NO RATINGS
If you like oranges, the smell is nice also...

Page 1/3  >  >>
Partner Zone
More Blogs from Made by Monkeys
Made by Monkeys highlights products that somehow slipped by the QC cops.
Made By Monkeys highlights products that somehow slipped by the QC cops.
Made by Monkeys highlights products that somehow slipped by the QC cops.
Made by Monkeys highlights products that somehow slipped by the QC cops.
Made By Monkeys highlights products that somehow slipped by the QC cops.
Design News Webinar Series
10/7/2014 8:00 a.m. California / 11:00 a.m. New York
9/25/2014 11:00 a.m. California / 2:00 p.m. New York
9/10/2014 11:00 a.m. California / 2:00 p.m. New York
7/23/2014 11:00 a.m. California / 2:00 p.m. New York
Quick Poll
The Continuing Education Center offers engineers an entirely new way to get the education they need to formulate next-generation solutions.
Oct 20 - 24, How to Design & Build an Embedded Web Server: An Embedded TCP/IP Tutorial
SEMESTERS: 1  |  2  |  3  |  4  |  5  |  6


Focus on Fundamentals consists of 45-minute on-line classes that cover a host of technologies. You learn without leaving the comfort of your desk. All classes are taught by subject-matter experts and all are archived. So if you can't attend live, attend at your convenience.
Next Class: 10/28-10/30 11:00 AM
Sponsored by Stratasys
Next Class: 10/28-10/30 2:00 PM
Sponsored by Gates Corporation
Learn More   |   Login   |   Archived Classes
Twitter Feed
Design News Twitter Feed
Like Us on Facebook

Sponsored Content

Technology Marketplace

Copyright © 2014 UBM Canon, A UBM company, All rights reserved. Privacy Policy | Terms of Service