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#1 Chap15

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Posted 27 March 2019 - 05:54 AM

I received several old manuals.  

Someone placed "return labels" on the cover of the manuals.

Any way to remove the labels?



#2 Gil Sanow

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Posted 27 March 2019 - 05:58 AM

Assuming the labels are stick-on, try using GoofOff to soften the glue.'

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#3 Chap15

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Posted 27 March 2019 - 06:04 AM

Would the goof off go through the label to the glue?



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Posted 27 March 2019 - 06:07 AM

Yes it will.  However, I would use small amounts applied with a Q-Tip to start.  This will soak in and work its way to the label adhesive.  Go light at first and you can always apply more as needed.

 

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Posted 27 March 2019 - 06:32 AM

Would the Goof Off not also leach into the paper and permanently stain the paper? Old manual covers tend not to be finished with gloss or flat laminate to protect them like dust covers on most books today. The laminate will generally resist Goof Off but not plain paper.

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Posted 27 March 2019 - 06:53 AM

I would start with pure water first. Depending on the type of sticker, it may be a wet-and-stick, which water will work on.

Next, I would use Isopropyl on a cotton swab, and gently work by lifting one edge, and slowly rolling it back.

I did that recently on some WWII stamps that somebody stuck on foam backing - worked great.

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Posted 27 March 2019 - 06:55 AM

Bestine - Rubber Cement Thinner works very well for removing tape, and stickers, also won't stain.  Cigarette lighter fluid, Zippo or Ronson works well too.  Just be careful with them both.



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Posted 27 March 2019 - 07:33 AM

Have you tried a hot air blower or hairdryer to moisten the glue on the label? Might be worth a go as being least invasive.



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Posted 27 March 2019 - 07:40 AM

If the stickers were added during the course of official use, why not leave them as is?



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Posted 29 March 2019 - 03:17 PM

Thanks for all the advice. 

I took your input and did mission analysis and used the principles of war and diplomacy and I went with simplicity and non lethal means first.

 

I tried heat from the hair dryer and only a very small portion came off.

I then tried a moist cloth and began to rub the label.  It slowly came off.  

I then placed the item back under the dryer to cure any water damage.

 

Lesson learned.  Go easy on the rub.

 

Thanks everyone.

 

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Edited by Chap15, 29 March 2019 - 03:17 PM.



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