Removing a Sticky Residue from Car Windows

I recently got a new car. New to me anyways. The back windows are sticky on the inside. The very back window looks like something was scraped off of it. I've used window cleaner, soap and water, and vinegar and water. Nothing has worked. Does anyone know what I can use to get it off?

By Heather

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September 4, 20100 found this helpful

Well, if it is a brand new car as you say I would return the car to the dealer and have his recon department clean the glass.

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September 4, 20100 found this helpful

Try some WD-40 and if that does not work, use a product called "Goof-Of". There is another product that you can buy at home improvement stores to remove gummy substance but I cannot remember the name of it right now. If you ask there, they should know.

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September 4, 20100 found this helpful

It's a used car actually. It was bought from a family acquaintance. I should have stated that. Sorry. I'll try the WD 40 and if it doesn't work I'll try the Goo-off. Thanks.

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July 29, 20160 found this helpful

I have a 2001 F250 with tinted windows. Have tried to clean the windows on the inside, it is VERY difficult! What do you suggest I use to clean the windows? It's flaky, sticky & as I said really hard to clean

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September 4, 20100 found this helpful

Try alcohol or nail polish remover.

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September 7, 20100 found this helpful

Try "Goo-Gone" from the hardware store.

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September 8, 20100 found this helpful

Try WD40 it has worked for me on any stickey residue. then after it gets all the sticky off. Regular window cleaner should finish the job.

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March 2, 20160 found this helpful

the WD 40 worked! And safely, it seems!

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September 8, 20100 found this helpful

May sound weird, but I have used peanut butter to get labels off of jars that wouldn't come off.

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June 21, 20160 found this helpful

I dabbed a small amount of peanut oil from the center of a Central Market peanut butter jar onto a paper towel and applied it to the adhesive on the window. This action loosened the adhesive. Then I used a 50/50 mixture of vinegar and water to remove the peanut oil/adhesive from the window. No observed damage to the tint or window.

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September 8, 20100 found this helpful

I purchased a product from Walmart called Ultra Citrus. It smells like oranges and will take off sticky stuff like bumper stickers, etc.

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September 8, 20100 found this helpful

Use lighter fluid (like the kind for zippo lighters) on a very small piece of cotton ball or toilet paper & soak the adhesive & rub. You may have to do this twice, but I've kept lighter fluid in my house for over 30 years. Then clean the spot with good cleaner. My ex used to work for a grocery store & they used this way of getting rid of this kind of thing.

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July 24, 20110 found this helpful

Try plain old vegetable oil then wash with dawn dish detergent, then window cleaner. Anything sticker will come off with vegetable oil.

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