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How To Get Sticky Stuff Off Of Bottles?

#1 User is offline   fly46 

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Posted 20 November 2004 - 01:40 PM

I pulled the labels off of a couple bottles that I wanted to use as cache containers, and I can't figure out how to get the gooey/stickyness off of the bottles. Anyone have any easy tips?

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Posted 20 November 2004 - 01:47 PM

Goo Gone works great.
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Posted 20 November 2004 - 02:07 PM

WD40 does a good job and is safer than using gasoline.

OBTW, use a hair drier on the label and it will come right off in one piece.

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Posted 20 November 2004 - 02:11 PM

Yep, Goo Gone, or Oops. Really any basic solvent.

Around the house? Try fingernail polish remover or even rubbing alcohol.


Edit: How could I forget? Soak it in hot water.

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Posted 20 November 2004 - 02:14 PM

vinegar and hot water

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Posted 20 November 2004 - 03:45 PM

Peanut oil, or Peanut Butter. While typing this I have 4 ramikins with a small about of peanut butter on the counter soaking the glue off the lables.

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Posted 20 November 2004 - 04:25 PM

Most of the plastic bottles I've seen lately use glue that is heat-sensitive. Filling the bottle with very hot water usually allows most of the glue to be rubbed right off, using a paper towel. If that doesn't do it, then most of the things mentioned will finish it off. Lighter fluid (naphtha) will take most stuff off, and won't harm most finishes in case you spill some. It's regularly used to clean guitars, and is harmless to all the finishes I've tried it on.

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Posted 20 November 2004 - 06:49 PM

Two comments.

1: the penut butter worked great they all came clean.

2: Anyone who puts lighter fluid on my 1966 Martin D-35 :mad: is going to be minus a hand or two. :mad:

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Posted 20 November 2004 - 06:50 PM

For any adhesive, Bestine (rubber cement thinner). (Can even remove adhesive labels from paper w/o tearing!)

For the truely lazy, top rack of the dishwasher might do it (heat/soap).

At this rate though, with all these suggestions, you've probably already got it taken care of!

Enjoy,

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Posted 20 November 2004 - 07:14 PM

CO Admin, on Nov 20 2004, 08:49 PM, said:

2: Anyone who puts lighter fluid on my 1966 Martin D-35 is going to be minus a hand or two.

But I can stuff your case full of peanut butter.

Okay, I just wanted to know the boundries. :mad:

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Posted 20 November 2004 - 07:17 PM

WD40 works great to get rid of sticky stuff.

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Posted 20 November 2004 - 07:26 PM

Damenace, on Nov 20 2004, 02:47 PM, said:

Goo Gone works great.
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this stuff works! it is really awesome and only take a few minutes too.

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Posted 20 November 2004 - 07:54 PM

NightPilot, on Nov 20 2004, 05:25 PM, said:

Lighter fluid .... It's regularly used to clean guitars, and is harmless to all the finishes I've tried it on.

Jimi Hendrix would appprove

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Posted 20 November 2004 - 07:59 PM

Note: Acetone will eat Nalgene bottles........

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Posted 20 November 2004 - 08:11 PM

AJK, on Nov 20 2004, 08:59 PM, said:

Note: Acetone will eat Nalgene bottles........

Acetone will eat ANY ANY ANY plastic type of material.

Laquer Thinner OR Mineral Spirits works good on MOST plastics

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Posted 20 November 2004 - 09:24 PM

Nail polish remover is almost pure acetone, and it comes in plastic bottles.

CO, if anyone put lighter fluid on your Martin, you would never know it. Naphtha won't harm nitrocellulose lacquer. I've used it many times on my 1968 Gibson J45. It takes off the smoke and gunk you pick up in bars, and leaves no residue, just a shiny surface. It won't, however, take out the dent in the top that resulted when my son stepped on it when he was about 2. I have no idea why he's still alive. :mad:

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Posted 20 November 2004 - 09:56 PM

NightPilot, on Nov 20 2004, 10:24 PM, said:

Nail polish remover is almost pure acetone, and it comes in plastic bottles.

CO, if anyone put lighter fluid on your Martin, you would never know it. Naphtha won't harm nitrocellulose lacquer. I've used it many times on my 1968 Gibson J45. It takes off the smoke and gunk you pick up in bars, and leaves no residue, just a shiny surface. It won't, however, take out the dent in the top that resulted when my son stepped on it when he was about 2. I have no idea why he's still alive. ;)

Becasue you were in too much shock to kill him!.



Well of course lighter fluid will work on your J45, its a Gibson. Its not like its a real guitar. :P :mad: ;) :mad: :o

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Posted 21 November 2004 - 08:07 AM

It's a real guitar, because it can be used for music other than bluegrass. :P :P :laughing:

Actually, I don't even have it any more. My son has had it for a long time. I don't play a flat-top much any more. Different guitars work better for different styles, and my 1954 Epi archtop works for me now. Whatever keeps a smile on your face. :P

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Posted 21 November 2004 - 09:14 AM

mineral spirits

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Posted 21 November 2004 - 09:41 AM

I suggest a good pork bristle brush, and I know where you can get the porker.

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Posted 21 November 2004 - 03:31 PM

FYI - I tried the hot water thing and it worked about as well as blowing on it. lol. I really just need to have some Skin-So-Soft laying around. That stuff worked wonders. Can't afford goo gone right now.

*note to self, add SSS to my next avon order*


I don't need these containers right away so I'll toss them in the dishwasher next time and see if that works. (Can you tell I'm lazy?) If not, I'll go for the nail polish remover.



And that'll be enough against Bluegrass. Man, that's the best music in the world!

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Posted 21 November 2004 - 05:55 PM

If you have a very loose definition of music. :P :laughing:

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Posted 21 November 2004 - 06:04 PM

What about Mr Clean magic eraser. Those things take anything off. They have my vote.

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Posted 21 November 2004 - 07:17 PM

Ghostcat78, on Nov 21 2004, 06:04 PM, said:

What about Mr Clean magic eraser. Those things take anything off. They have my vote.

Just don't let it get anywhere NEAR your magic!

I'm a goo gone guy.

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Posted 21 November 2004 - 07:18 PM

WD40! Works fine, lasts a long time.....

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Posted 22 November 2004 - 10:34 AM

Another product that I use all the time for sticker residue, but I seldom see mentioned, is DesolvIt. It's a citrus based cleaner that works extremely well on every adhesive I've ever tried it on.

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Posted 22 November 2004 - 11:05 AM

fly46, the dishwasher will not do it. For a pretty cheap way to get this done, go to a convenience store and buy a small bottle of lighter fluid. The goo-gone from a Home Depot will also get it. I am not sure about the cost though. Lighter fluid (naphtha) is clear and evaporates quickly. You can use it with a paper towel, but let it dry outside before throwing it away.

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Posted 22 November 2004 - 12:36 PM

rubbing alcohol works well my first choice.
hair spray works too.

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Posted 22 November 2004 - 01:15 PM

CO Admin, on Nov 20 2004, 06:49 PM, said:


1: the penut butter worked great they all came clean.



But now your cache container smells like food! I've ben FTF at a peanut butter jar container cache... well, I was FTF after the creature that pulled it from its hiding place, chewed it all up, played with the contents and ate most of the 'congratulations you found it!' letter.

Be sure and soak it in bleach overnight to get rid of the residual food small before you put it out in the woods.

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Posted 23 November 2004 - 12:40 PM

BlueDeuce, on Nov 20 2004, 02:11 PM, said:

Yep, Goo Gone, or Oops. Really any basic solvent.

Around the house? Try fingernail polish remover or even rubbing alcohol.


Edit: How could I forget? Soak it in hot water.

Oops is toxic stuff. Be careful with it.

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Posted 23 November 2004 - 01:31 PM

rrules, on Nov 23 2004, 02:40 PM, said:

BlueDeuce, on Nov 20 2004, 02:11 PM, said:

Yep, Goo Gone, or Oops. Really any basic solvent.

Around the house? Try fingernail polish remover or even rubbing alcohol.


Edit: How could I forget? Soak it in hot water.

Oops is toxic stuff. Be careful with it.


You should be careful with any solvent.

So Fly, any closure on this? The suspense is killing me. :yikes:

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Posted 23 November 2004 - 08:49 PM

Baby oil will disolve the gummy glue residue and it isn't as messy as peanut butter. It also takes gum out of hair when your kids go to bed with gum.

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Posted 24 November 2004 - 12:18 PM

You can also go to your local drug store and get a bottle or even a few individually wrapped packets (like alcohol swabs) of adhesive remover, (it is sold for removal of bandage adhesive, ostomy adhesive, surgical tape) it works great on anything.

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Posted 24 November 2004 - 01:16 PM

The verdict is that my house is the worst stocked house I've ever seen! LOL

Got out mom's nail polish remover, it's non acetate.
Got out my nail polish remover, it's non acetate.

Can't find the rubbing alcohol, don't use hair spray, soaking it didnt work, which was what caused this problem in the first place.

looks like I'm going to end up buying something - which is what I didn't want to do - after all.

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Posted 24 November 2004 - 01:19 PM

Search1128, on Nov 23 2004, 09:49 PM, said:

Baby oil will disolve the gummy glue residue and it isn't as messy as peanut butter. It also takes gum out of hair when your kids go to bed with gum.

We stopped having squeeky babies a while ago so we have no baby oil. We always have p-nut butter. :)

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Posted 28 November 2004 - 11:08 PM

Fly try going to your local hospital or medical clinic and see if they will give you a few of the swabs. You don't have to tell them why you need them other than "to remove some stuborn adhesive".

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Posted 29 November 2004 - 10:02 AM

Wrap it in cammo tape...

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Posted 29 November 2004 - 10:03 AM

CO Admin, on Nov 20 2004, 10:56 PM, said:

NightPilot, on Nov 20 2004, 10:24 PM, said:

Nail polish remover is almost pure acetone, and it comes in plastic bottles.

CO, if anyone put lighter fluid on your Martin, you would never know it.  Naphtha won't harm nitrocellulose lacquer.  I've used it many times on my 1968 Gibson J45.  It takes off the smoke and gunk you pick up in bars, and leaves no residue, just a shiny surface.  It won't, however, take out the dent in the top that resulted when my son stepped on it when he was about 2.  I have no idea why he's still alive.  :D

Becasue you were in too much shock to kill him!.



Well of course lighter fluid will work on your J45, its a Gibson. Its not like its a real guitar. :D :D :D :D :lol:

Wow...not even close to being on topic... :D

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Posted 01 December 2004 - 12:06 PM

n0wae, on Nov 20 2004, 03:07 PM, said:

...OBTW, use a hair drier on the label and it will come right off in one piece.

I've used this method with success on those stickers that are ment to self destruct and say "Void" if they are removed. It works well so that there is either no sticky stuff, or less than you would have gotten otherwise.

Nail Polish remover works but eats some plastics. So does lighter fluid. Rubbing Alcahol will often work, but it takes a lot of elbow grease.

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Posted 01 December 2004 - 12:34 PM

CO Admin, on Nov 20 2004, 08:49 PM, said:

2: Anyone who puts lighter fluid on my 1966 Martin D-35 :lol: is going to be minus a hand or two. :lol:

I'll see if Duane is interested :rolleyes:

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Posted 01 December 2004 - 01:27 PM

Renegade Knight, on Dec 1 2004, 12:06 PM, said:

n0wae, on Nov 20 2004, 03:07 PM, said:

...OBTW, use a hair drier on the label and it will come right off in one piece.

I've used this method with success on those stickers that are ment to self destruct and say "Void" if they are removed. It works well so that there is either no sticky stuff, or less than you would have gotten otherwise.

Nail Polish remover works but eats some plastics. So does lighter fluid. Rubbing Alcahol will often work, but it takes a lot of elbow grease.

Unfortunately, I already pulled the label off, not thinking it would leave this much stickiness.


I'm once again attempting to soak it in water.
We'll see, but I'm not getting my hopes up.

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Posted 14 June 2011 - 02:22 PM

OK, i bought a water bottle and the store where i got it from applied their own clear super sticky label on it, it left a total residue on it. i don't want use use goo off as it's super toxic plus my mom used it once on plastic and it ruined the plastic and it looked horrible. any more natural ideas that won't leave it all scratched up either?

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Posted 14 June 2011 - 02:38 PM

the highest proof alcohol you can find and most of the time around the house here that for me comes in the form of old after shave spray it on and leave for a minute and a bit of elbow grease should do the trick!

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Posted 14 June 2011 - 02:42 PM

Heat - hit it with a hair dryer on high for a minute or two before peeling the label off. Then rubbing alcohol and elbow grease after hitting the residue with more heat.

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Posted 14 June 2011 - 02:43 PM

soaking over night in baby oil has worked for me sometimes.

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Posted 14 June 2011 - 03:17 PM

View PostNightPilot, on 21 November 2004 - 05:55 PM, said:

If you have a very loose definition of music. :P :laughing:


So do I, and I consider it to be one of my better attributes.

Of course, I also used to work as a sound engineer for what many described as s bluegrass band.

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Posted 14 June 2011 - 03:22 PM

View PostStarBrand, on 14 June 2011 - 02:42 PM, said:

Heat - hit it with a hair dryer on high for a minute or two before peeling the label off. Then rubbing alcohol and elbow grease after hitting the residue with more heat.


I recommend using the highest setting and keeping it on the same spot for at least 10 minutes, or until the plastic bottle becomes a gooey mess. Then throw it away and go out and get a lock-n-lock or an ammo can for the cache.

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Posted 14 June 2011 - 03:31 PM

I use acetone or lacquer thinner. Works great. WOW this is one OLD thread. :laughing:

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Posted 14 June 2011 - 08:41 PM

View Postburningwheel, on 14 June 2011 - 02:22 PM, said:

OK, i bought a water bottle and the store where i got it from applied their own clear super sticky label on it, it left a total residue on it. i don't want use use goo off as it's super toxic plus my mom used it once on plastic and it ruined the plastic and it looked horrible. any more natural ideas that won't leave it all scratched up either?

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View PostStarBrand, on 14 June 2011 - 02:42 PM, said:

Heat - hit it with a hair dryer on high for a minute or two before peeling the label off. Then rubbing alcohol and elbow grease after hitting the residue with more heat.

I recommend using the highest setting and keeping it on the same spot for at least 10 minutes, or until the plastic bottle becomes a gooey mess. Then throw it away and go out and get a lock-n-lock or an ammo can for the cache.

I don't know about you, but I'd rather not drink out of an ammo can.

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Posted 14 June 2011 - 09:36 PM

Just wondering who brought up this 7-year old thread.............

This thing has even graduated to the third grade by now.

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