Getting stickers off the iBook's shell v. I'm an idiot

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  1. manchild

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    Well, I put on a bunch of stickers on my iBook (have had it for arround 3-4 years, so i was like 12) and now I want them off. is there any easy way? I don't trust anything like goo-gone because I spill a bit of that on my iPod and it started melting the plastic on it :wtf:

    So, any good ideas? I might just buy another plastic shell, its not that hard to replace the shell is it? This G3 is getting old, and I might be selling it soon to make a dent in funding my 12inch Powebook w/ 27 inch HDTV LCD.
     
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    Snotfist I am the Urban Cowboy.

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    Hairdryer for the win?
     
  3. manchild

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    I should rephrase this.

    I need to get the sticky residue off. I can get the stickers off, but they all leave a sticky residue.
     
  4. Madness

    Madness Do not let Dr. Mario touch your genitals. He is no

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    Get a suede shoe eraser and a wet paper towel (~$1.99). It's what I use to remove the sticker glue from my model cars and works effectively without damaging the paint or coating.
     
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    :love:

    is the suede shoe eraser like a cloth or one of those tube things that has a pad at the end?
    I'm assuming I could get this at a hardware store etc?
     
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    dnicol shoopdawoop

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    Or a shoe store :ugh:
     
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    IcyHot4Life Str8 Ballin'

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    I don't remember if lighter fluid is corrosive to plastics, but it works wonders on stickers against glass... maybe find a solvent like that that is plastic-safe. a can of zippo goes a long way :bigthumb:
     
  8. Rev. Johnny Vegas

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    Spray some WD40 (its a lubricant) on a paper towel and then rub that over the areas with the sticky stuff. It'll come right off. You'll probably need to then rub it with a damp cloth to keep the iBook from being slick from the WD40.
     
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  10. manchild

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    I :love: WD-40.
     
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    IcyHot4Life Str8 Ballin'

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    :down: it's one of the most misused products on earth... and it's not a lubricant, it's a solvent. that misconception gets a LOT of people in trouble. It can appear to be a lubricant because it eats at shit stuck in bearings and that will loosen things up, but a lot of times it also eats at the bearing grease in the component people use it on, and they add premature wear to the bearing this way :mad:

    /rant :o
     
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    Great, thanks for the clarification. I still consider it one of the most versatile things on earth. The creators may have never intended it to be a lubricant or to be used to light fires, or to facilitate flaming pine cone soccer, but it works. Just like how duct tape was never intended to be used to make wallets, shut your wife up, or hold America West airplanes together, but works great.
     
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    Pineapple Devil beat it!

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    Madness Do not let Dr. Mario touch your genitals. He is no

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    IcyHot4Life Str8 Ballin'

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    it is quite versatile, I just wish the company would put a fucking description on the can, but they would rather sell the image of their product being good for anything :mad:

    ok I won't take this tread offtopic anymore... :o
     
  16. tenplanescrashing

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    Goo-gone...works wonders!
     
  17. manchild

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    :ugh: it melts plastic.

    I used it to get a sticker off the metal back of my iPod (I suck at life) and some spilled on the plastic front and started melting the plastic.
     
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    dnicol shoopdawoop

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    hairdryer or heat gun and mr. clean magic eraser worked on an old snow imac i'm fixing.
     
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    are you talking about the same thing I am? i've never seen goo-gone melt plastic. I've used it on numerous surfaces and never dealt with anything melting. :dunno:
     
  20. manchild

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    Yeah, its like a little clear bottle with a goldish liquid and a black top.

    Whatever I had, I got a tiny bit on the front plastic part of my iPod, wiped off the stuff on the back (metal side) then wiped off the front and it like melted the plastic so that when I wiped it (using a cloth) it make like 7 HUGE scratches.
     
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    mr clean magic eraser FTW
     
  22. manchild

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    I'm going to try some of these alternatives, the WD-40 got everything off except for one of the stickers sticky part.
     
  23. weazl

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    gasoline also make a really good solvent. not sure how it it will react with the plastic though.
     
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    :ugh:

    I'll pass, I've had a few bad expierences (w.e) with gasoline.
     
  25. FyreDaug

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    wtf melting plastic? goo-gone is the shit, never had that happen
     

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