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Removing Old Contact Paper from Windows

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Contact paper left for a long time on windows can be difficult to remove, as age and the sun can affect the adhesive. This is a guide about removing old contact paper from windows.


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January 14, 2009

How do I remove contact paper from windows that have has been on over 5 years?

Catina from Heidelberg, MS


January 14, 20090 found this helpful
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I removed contact paper on shelves with a hair dryer. I held the corner and turned the dryer on low and worked it off a bit at a time. Then I cleaned the residue with Goo Gone. Took awhile but got the job done.

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February 10, 2018

We moved into an apt that has old sticky contact paper on all the windows on the front porch. I have tried several things to get it off and nothing has worked. Does anyone have any suggestions? I've already smashed one window trying to scrape it off.

Plz help!


February 11, 20180 found this helpful

Try using a blow dryer to soften the glue so you can razor it off.

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February 12, 20180 found this helpful

You could try wetting it with a spray bottle filled with diluted ammonia or straight white vinegar. Let it sit a bit to loosen the glue and then use a razor blade to scrape it off.


This works well for a variety of stickers and sticker glue residue. Finish cleaning with rubbing alcohol to remove any remaining bits of glue.

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February 13, 20180 found this helpful

I had the same issue at my last place and I did what Judy recommended with the heat and razor, then cleaned the rest off with cleaning solution and windex.

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February 13, 20180 found this helpful

The best way to do this is with a hair dryer. Heat up the paper and start to remove it little by little. Now use a can of coke and a sponge to clean off the rest of the sticky residue left behind. Coke works great with a sponge to clean up after the sticky contact paper.

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