During the past decade bumper stickers have become less and less popular, while the popularity of putting stickers on a car’s backglass has grown tremendously. From stick figure families, to 5K races, and landmarks, these stickers give people a sense if individuality- showing other drivers what they’re passionate about- while at the same time hoping other drivers might have common interests.
For those of you who have applied, and then later tried to remove a bumper sticker, you know why they lost their popularity. Although bumper stickers adhere like they’re meant to last forever, the reality is that they become old and tired looking, political campaigns end, and future owners likely won’t share your same interests. And when the time came, removing a bumper sticker often meant removing a layer of paint underneath too.
Stickers on car windows don’t just end up on the back glass (also known as a backlite) though. Dealerships often put stickers on the windshield advertising the price (which should be removed before driving). Other stickers like parking permits or expressway passes often end up on the inside of the windshield also. Some people even apply tint strips across the tops of their windshields in order to block glaring sunlight. (always check state laws regarding legality before applying anything to the windshield).
Young children sometimes are seen building sticker collections on rear sidelites (side windows), which is especially common on vans and SUVs. Other than cartoon characters though, it is rare to see stickers on sidelites as they are usually consolidated to backglass.
Maybe your child has outgrown their sticker phase, maybe your stick figure family got a divorce, or maybe its just come time to sell your vehicle. Whatever the reason, we’re here to help you remove those stickers safely and effectively.
*Note: Never use this method on the inside of auto glass if window tint has been applied as it will likely damage the tint.
There are different methods out there for removing stickers from auto glass such as using rubbing alcohol, WD-40, baking soda, and other. But these are liable to cause more of a mess than they’re worth. Or worse yet, possibly damage your vehicle’s trim or paint. The two recommended methods above are the easiest and most common practices.
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