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Parking Decal Puts Driver in Sticky Spot

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armorris
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Goo Gone
armorris   7/3/2014 9:11:11 AM
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I use something called "Goo Gone". I don't know what's in it, but it t works well and I have yet to see it damage plastic. It even says on the bottle that it can be used to remove stickers. It does leave an oily film behind, which you will have to wipe off after removing the sticker. I usually use it to remove the labels from plastic and glass bottles and jars for recycling.

JaForster
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There is a simple solution
JaForster   7/3/2014 8:46:15 AM
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Reading the trials of sticker removal makes me ask the question - what is the purpose of the adhesive?  Is it to keep the tag in a specific location, i.e. stop it from moving around?

Is it to stop potential theft?  i.e. make it difficult to remove so it is damaged during the removal process?

Seems that you have told us that the sticker is unique to the car and has details of the car registration and that the parking enforcement officers can check this detail.

If the purpose is only to identify a car which has a legal right to "park" then the answer seems simple - print the sticker on the thin polymer sheet - just like the reminders used by the rapid oil change companies.  The surface of the polymer is smooth and will "stick" to the glass.  This decal can have a simple bar code printed on it as well as all the other details so the attendant can read the details or scan with a mobile device to ensure it is valid and the right car etc etc.

Removal is simply to lift a corner and peel away.

 

 

 

Elizabeth M
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Re: Tricky stickers
Elizabeth M   7/3/2014 5:54:52 AM
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Thanks for the advice, Peter. I'm sure not only me but a lot of our readers can use this when trying to remove stubborn stickers and decals from surfaces.

Elizabeth M
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Re: Tricky stickers
Elizabeth M   7/3/2014 5:36:19 AM
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JimT, you're right. Management seems to blame for this one and often for silly decisions made by companies in terms of materials and products. Of course, cost-cutting measures are often to blame. But the old adage "you get what you pay for" is an adage for a reason.

nobbsy
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Re: Tricky stickers
nobbsy   7/2/2014 7:12:05 PM
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Hey there Tricky Stickers

Removing decals and stickers from cars is a constant enquiry I get.

FYI generally older stickers are harder to remove due to the adhesive used. These days, you can ask for car stickers to be installed with easy to to remove adhesive that makes it much easier

If you are trying to remove old parking stickers you can use a plastic razor blade (see ebay.com.au) or a whizzy wheel (see www.decalstickerremover.com) for video demo's of removing parking stickers

Best of luck

Peter

patb2009
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unremovable decals
patb2009   7/2/2014 2:28:42 PM
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I have dealt with this by taking the decal and applying it to a thin square of glass

and then taking some double sided tape or 

adhesive putty and attaching the glass square into the windshield.

 

it's usually strong enough to stay in and it changes out quick.  

When i remove it, i can then take the square of glass, soak it properly, use a razor

with ease or scrub it

 

it's handy if i sell the car, i can then remove the decal and transfer it to the new car.

JimT@Future-Product-Innovations
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JimT@Future-Product-Innovations   7/2/2014 1:37:28 PM
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There have been several occasions when I think of this Made-By-Monkeys column, and think it might also to be appropriate to call the column Managed-By Monkeys. In this case, it probably was a management cost-cutting decision made, absent of any forethought or testing of the actual use case.  Simply a bone-headed decision to change to a cheaper material.

Elizabeth M
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Tricky stickers
Elizabeth M   7/2/2014 9:06:48 AM
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Your story is a familiar one to me, although I've never had this problem with parking decals. However, it's taken me ages and some serious ingenuity to remove some adhesives from stickers from my van. There has got to be a better way to design some of these adhesives to make them strong yet easy to remove.

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