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After removing a sticker from frame I have layer of glue residue left that can't be removed even when using brake cleaner or WD-40. Only scrubbing for 10 minutes nonstop removes it. Is there an easier way to get rid of that residue without damaging the paint job?

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    You can try other solvents (alcohol, acetone,...). Check it does not affect your fraim paint first. Commented Sep 18, 2021 at 11:24
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    Duct-tape, rubbing it on, pulling it off just after that, repeat several times. Strangely enough it works.
    – Carel
    Commented Sep 18, 2021 at 11:31
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    @DanielRHicks Perhaps Goo Gone is what you're thinking of?
    – Armand
    Commented Sep 18, 2021 at 21:01
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    De-solv-it is a commercial product. I have often found soaking in cooking oil (overnight)
    – mattnz
    Commented Sep 18, 2021 at 21:44
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    Are you sure its gluie, and not clearcoat paint? It is not uncommon decals/stickers to be put under a layer of paint.
    – Criggie
    Commented Sep 18, 2021 at 21:54

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My friend's father used a dab of petrol (from the lawnmower can) on a cloth rag for this scenario and the glue residue wiped right off, no effort.

It smells and is flammable but is a good, easy solution that you might think is worth a go.

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    Petrol contains, amoung other nasties, Benzene, a carcinogen with no known safe limit. Naptha (aka Shellite/White Petrol depending where you live in the world) will probably work where Petrol does and is far safer.
    – mattnz
    Commented Sep 21, 2021 at 21:51
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Heat guns and even hair driers are known as capable of removing stickers. Of course, this would heat the surface. Likely not a problem for a metal frame but generally think where are you applying.

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If it is indeed a resedue from the sticker adhesive and none of the chemical products help, try heating it up with a hairdryer then rubbing/rolling it off with a rough cloth.

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  • This was my original solution takes forever to remove, perhaps if heat more is okay, but i dont want to damage paint.
    – LilBro
    Commented Sep 21, 2021 at 20:29
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De-solv-it removes anything, I had nail polish on my couch from my niece, only desolvit saved the day, I use it on every stain with little scrubbing required :)

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    Hi, welcome to bicycles. Is this actually safe for the paint job?
    – DavidW
    Commented Dec 1, 2023 at 11:37
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I've got some stuff called "sticky stuff remover" which I use for jobs like this. I got masses of duct tape sticky off car bodywork once.

You can get it in B&Q amongst the usual suspects I think.

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