Tech Lolz: How To Safely Remove Stickers From A PC?

I don't know about you, but each time I get my hands on a sticker, I have the compulsive need to use it on one of my devices. The fact that it has the most useless information on it has really no effect on me. For this reason, my tablet has a Pizza Hut sticker on it, my computer has some really threatening stickers on it and so on and so forth. However, I sometimes do feel weird taking them out in public with the stickers on. You might feel like it is your dirty little secret and wouldn't want people getting offended by your OCD. So, if you've gotten to that moment when junk food doesn't appeal to you that much since you want to be healthier, however you still eat it when no one knows, this is the article for you. Well, in case you want to get rid of the stickers because you are a grownup. If not, this article has nothing to do with you! Don't read it! I do NOT provide health care advice.

I'm Rubber, You're Glue

Alright, so stickers can be quite a pain in the… "behind" to peel off correctly. Most of the times, especially with laptops, once you peel a sticker off, after years of it being there, you get to see the color of the laptop from when you initially bought it. And it's so cute unlike the current color which is now a combination of wine, dust, sand, color and whatever else.

You feel that? That's your conscience telling you that you shouldn't have done that. I'm 90% sure that it's in the voice of Hagrid from Harry Potter.

Hagrid memetoaudio

So, for today, we'll dive right into the topic started by Rick Measham: What is the right procedure to safely remove stickers from a laptop?.

He says the following:

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

OK, so he's definitely not my kind. He just refers to the plane processor/OS stickers. Why would you want to peel them off? I mean, sure, they say that you have a lame processor and the worst OS ever built, but girls are no longer that superficial. We've grown as a group and can understand not being very well endowed on the technical side. Though an Intel Core i7 sticker really eases things up. Just saying. :)

"Badges" On The ThinkPad

OK, so until now, just from the Tech Lolz series we've learned mainly what to use and what not to. But what is best thing to do in the case of glue? Let's see what the community suggests:

"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 :) "

This guy, warren really likes living on the dangerous side of life. I am still not allowed to use sharp objects, especially when I start running around with them.

Also, if you are kind of person who is overly-excited, just like Daffy Duck in the early days of Looney Tunes, you cannot be "really" careful. It just goes against your nature.

Looney Minimalist Painting Generator Color Theory

Of course, as in any forum, there's the Apple guy who knows he's superior just because he overpaid for something. Sorry, I just cannot be objective about this. The user jtimberman had to say that:

"The only stickers on my Macbook are the ones I put on it :-)"

Jeez… just give us a break! Thank you travis for this good comeback:

"Oh, that's right. Instead of stickers, Apple puts embedded logos on their hardware."

As Michael Kelso used to say in the series "That 70s Show": "BURN!".

Using the premises that you have something around you that can solve this and you do not have to go buy something special to remove the stickers, scott shared his knowledge with us:

"Peanut butter also works to remove sticker residue."

If somebody will test this theory out, please create a YouTube tutorial and share it with us. Go get creative people!

No More Peanut Butter! :(

Alright, as you've gotten used to it, you know that this will be the time when I usually tell you the correct way to do things. However, someone got ahead of me and my job just got easier. As easy as Copy-Paste with the correct credits given. The user joe suggested the following:


  1. 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.
  2. Decide which stickers to remove. Some stickers are useful, such as OEM licensing stickers that will be voided when removed. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. Start from the edges. Use your fingernails, a pair of tweezers, or a non-abrasive putty knife. Be careful not to scratch or damage any plastic or aluminum surfaces in the process.
  5. 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.
  6. Clean the surface. Some sticker residue may be rubbed off easily, while some require additional help. As always, avoid scratching the surface.
    1. 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.
    2. 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.
    3. 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 types 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. [...]"

Well, there's not much left for me to say. He kinda nailed it shut! Good job Joe on being able to use Google. :)


In conclusion, I would say to keep your stickers. They don't do damage. They can be cute and they definitely show a bit of who you are. However, if you do not want to keep them, but want to peel them off, at least now you have an idea as to where to start. Take care and catch up with you later.