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What is the right procedure to safely remove stickers from a laptop?

What is the right procedure to safely remove stickers from a laptop?

My new Dell Studio 15 has those annoying "permanent" decal stickers for Windows Vista and Intel Centrino processor. I want them gone. I don't want to try to peel them only to discover that I've ruined the surface underneath.

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Guest [Entry]

"From http://www.wikihow.com/Remove-Stickers-from-a-Laptop:

Make sure this laptop isn't too old. The stickers will dry up, and over time, the glue backing will separate from the printed material. If you decide to remove the stickers, do it quickly. The stickers are not going to stay fresh for more than a year or two, depending upon its quality. If your laptop is a relic, skip to the very last step to use a chemical removal method.
The surrounding surface can be also already discoloured by UV radiation or other environment effects. The original colour is usually preserved under the sticker. If you remove it, you will get spot that has distinct color.

Decide which stickers to remove. Some stickers are useful, such as OEM licensing stickers that will be voided when remove. Others may contain serial numbers, service tags, support information, or systems specifications. Commonly removed stickers include ones promoting the Windows operating system (ie: ""Designed for Windows XP"" and ""Windows Vista Capable""),as well as Intel and AMD CPU stickers.

Remember to do this slowly. If you rush it and try to pull the whole thing off at once, you run the risk of tearing the sticker or separating the glue backing.

Start from the edges. Use your fingernails, a pair of tweezers, or a non-abrasive abrasive putty knife. Be careful not to scratch or damage any plastic or aluminum surfaces in the process.

Pull the sticker up slowly from the edge you just started. Try to pull it up using an angle between 45 and 90 degrees. Never bend the sticker back further than a 90 degree angle, as this will promote the separation of the glue backing and printed material.

Clean the surface. Some sticker residue may be rubbed off easily, while some require additional help. As always, avoid scratching the surface.

First, try rubbing off the remaining residue by hand. Many forms of glue, even when mixed with a little paper, will curl up onto itself when moved over a surface.
Second, if rubbing doesn't help, try using duct tape or other very sticky tape to remove the remaining residue. Break or cut off a piece of tape, apply it to the surface, then remove it. Repeat this until all of the residue has been removed, and attached to the tape instead.
Third, if all previous attempts fail, use chemicals. A popular and extremely useful method is to use a citric-acid based cleaner such as ""Goo-Gone"". These type of cleaners will not harm metal or harder plastics, but may dry the surface of softer plastics, leaving a white, frosted appearance. Test this on a small, hidden area first. Another liquid to try is alcohol. Another is WD-40 which won't hurt the surface and can be cleaned off the computer's surface with a dish rag and a little soap.

A product called ""Odor Assassin"" (Lemon-Lime Scent) that is available at most ""dollar"" and discount stores will dissolve most adhesives instantly and can be removed with a clean cotton face cloth.

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Guest [Entry]

"If you're really really careful, and you have very steady hands, you can also use a razor blade (sans holder) to remove stickers.

We used to use them at the rental car agency I worked for to remove stickers from windows, ""car chalk"" writing, sap from paint, etc. Just like I said - be cautious, and you won't ding the plastic :)"
Guest [Entry]

When, once starting to tear it off, the sticker gets damaged: apply cold water (like a damp cloth) to it for half an hour. (Don't use hot water though. Probably won't help with these "metallic" stickers that won't let the water go through.)
Guest [Entry]

Well, if you have a laptop and you allready ripped them off, but it leaves that white residue, then you can get some pam, or just a store brand cooking spray, and get a little on a paper towel. You have to get your nail and scrub for a while, but this is the most important part. IT COULD TAKE UP TO TEN MINUTES:MAX. Then, once majority is gone, get a peice of tape and work the rest off. Then wet a paper towel, and ring it out. then, scrub over it to get the greasy-ness off, then dry it. It should be all gone. The clean -up is easy. All you do is put up the spray, throw away the towels, and your all done!! :) Hope this helps!
Guest [Entry]

Don't bother with the rest - WD40 is the answer