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  1. karnaaj

    karnaaj Member

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    I just bought a Savage TR2 .22 and on the stock is a sticker that talks about their accu-trigger. Of course they didn't use a glue that allows for easy peeling and I can't get the darn thing to come off. It's a composite stock with a digital camo pattern and I don't know if a product like "goof off" might damage it. Any suggestions? Thanks.
     
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    Hot water?
     
  3. quartermaster

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    Savage told me to use hairspray on my wood stock. I have been reluctant to try it, but wouldn't hesitate to try it on synthetic. I had just called them last week.
     
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    What part of the hairspray actually does the trick? I'm fresh out with no wife around.
     
  5. rondog

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    WD-40 should get it off easily.
     
  6. rcmodel

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    Lighter fluid usually works safely on stickers on anything quite well.

    Dont know about the digital camo though.

    rc
     
  7. Larry Ashcraft

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    Lighter fluid (or VM&P Naphtha) will remove stickers. Sometimes it makes a gooey mess, but I have yet to see it damage any surface. I've used it for forty years in my trophy business.

    Let it soak in, remove the sticker, and then clean up the goo with a paper towel and more naphtha.
     
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    If you don't want to use chemicals, a hair dryer will often soften the adhesive enough to allow you to slowly pull off, starting with one corner. If residue remains, WD-40 to the rescue.
     
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    230RN ^ The avatar says it all.

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    Gentle heat with a hair dryer or leaving it close to an incandescent lamp or on top of your 500 Watt stereo amp.

    I have baseboard hot water heat in my place, and I found one of those cheap sheet metal bookends stuck down between the heater covers and the wall makes a nice shelf for putting small guns on to warm up or dry off after coming in from the cold. Heat is heat.
     
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    Yes, heat from a hair dryer will work good to get the sticker off, but probably not the residue.

    I work for Home Depot, and they sell an orange-scented citrus "air freshener". I'd never use it for an air freshener (far too heavy and liquidy, too much residue, and will damage finishes), but man, you wanna talk about something that's absolute DEATH to sticker & label residue! That stuff is awesome for removing residues, we use it for cleaning the old price labels off of the shelving beams. Best non-toxic stuff we've found, sticky residues just liquify almost instantly.
     
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    3M adhesive remover works great
     
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    WD40 will remove any sticker I've encountered.
    If your composite stocks' "digital camo pattern" doesn't hold up?

    You'll probably end up having fun with degreaser & spray cans in the near future anyhow, whether using WD or not.
     
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    Gas!
     
  14. Comrade Mike

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    Acetone, steal some of your wife's nail polish remover. Will take it right off. Not for use on finished wood
     
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    Goof off spray in can.
     
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    Another approach is to use a stronger adhesive, as might be found on duct tape, or, "gaffer's" tape, cloth tape, etc. Use a fresh strip of tape to apply to what's left of the offending sticker and pull all the residue off that way. It may take four or five pieces of tape, but you get the idea.
     
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    Goo-gone is what I use to remove any type of adhesive. It is orange based so it doesn't smell bad and won't hurt wood stocks.
     
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    Be careful with acetone. TEST FIRST.
     
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    I've had pretty good luck with Hoppe's #9, works on sharpie permanent marker too. If one of those stickers with plastic film I just go ahead and rip the top surface off to expose the paper fibers so it will absorb.
     
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    Goof off should be ok. It is a little spendy, but the 3M adhesive remover is marvelous, all the car guys love the stuff.

    Testing a little spot is always a good approach.
     
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    This has worked for me every time.
     
  22. J-Bar

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    Ballistol is another liquid found on a lot of shooter's shelves...works pretty good on labels with no danger to metal or stock finish.
     
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    If you don't want to use a solvent, get some duct tape.

    Do your best to peel the sticker off, removing as much as you can. Then tear off a piece of duct tape and, using a small portion at a time, firmly rub a sticky section onto the remaining residue. Then peel the duct tape off.

    When you peel the duct tape off, it'll take some of the existing tape residue with it. Repeat as necessary to remove the remaining residue.
     
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    wd-40
     
  25. bannockburn

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    Goo-Gone works for great on hard to remove, glued-on stickers.
     
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