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This is a guide about removing contact paper from windows. Contact paper can be difficult to remove from window glass.
This is a guide about removing glue residue left by contact paper. If you have ever removed contact paper, there is sometimes a sticky residue remaining.
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How do you peel off contact paper?
By jen gann from Saint Louis
Try using a hair dryer or anything that heat the glue and pull the paper off.
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I need to remove some contact paper from my kitchen cupboards in the house we are moving into? Please help.
Sandi from IA
Try using a hair dryer to heat the paper, makes it easy to peel off. I had some on a wall many years ago and I used an iron with a elastic pressing cloth over the sole plate and that worked too! (12/05/2004)
I agree with the hair dryer method of helping to free up the paper, but then you are still stuck with the gummy glue mess....use WD-40, spray on an let sit a minute or two and wipe clean, works great for removing store tags, marker writing on sale items, etc. (12/06/2004)
Heat with a hairdryer - pulls off much easier. (12/06/2004)
By GENA LIPSCOMB
Cola -- My supervisor accidentally spilled her Coca cola at one of the hair dressing stations and the contact paper peeled right off! Goes to show you a person should NOT put in their stomach what can melt glue! (12/07/2004)
By Fran Marie
A blow dryer will loosen it and make it simple to remove. (12/21/2004)
The hair dryer works great. The time required to remove very old contact paper is very minimal. (12/24/2005)
How do I get Contac paper off wood?
By delikat from Greece
I've read you can heat it up (just a bit) with a hair blowdryer. (05/19/2009)
I can associate with your problem of having to get contact paper off wood. Please see my post on this website entitled "Use A Hair Dryer To Remove Contact Paper From Shelves". I can honestly say that the blow dryer worked wonders in my kitchen cabinet.
I like to use contact paper in drawers and on shelves, but I just never remove the backing, sticking it down with either thumb tacks or poster adhesive. (05/20/2009)
We recently removed contact paper that had been applied to the outside of all our kitchen cabinets. All of the paper came off, but it left a very sticky adhesive residue on the wood cabinets. We've tried everything under the sun, but haven't been able to remove it. We've tried MEK, acetone, turpentine, and something that Home Depot recommended. We need to get it off so we can sand and then paint. Help. Is there something that would work for this?
Wet a clean cloth with any kind of cola. Keep rubbing until all the glue is gone. I found this out years ago when we spilled cola on a contact-paper-covered counter and it immediately started to peel. Be sure to follow with clean water until any cola residue is gone. The stuff is wicked. (Which is why I don't drink soda anymore.) (07/31/2004)
By Fran Marie
WD 40 is the best remover of "sticky stuff". (06/28/2007)
Try Gum Out, or alcohol, or a combination of both. (06/29/2007)
There is a orange substance called Goo Gone. It's made especially to remove sticky stuff. You can find it at Wal-Mart in the cleaning aisle for about $3. (09/06/2007)
By Sally Mae