How to Remove a Sticker From a Metal Surface

We'll show you a quick and easy way to remove stickers and adhesive residue from hard-to-clean metal surfaces.

Did your kid plaster his metal bed frame with stickers? Trying to remove a decal from a metal car bumper? Hoping to help the neighborhood by removing assorted sticker swag from the corner telephone pole? (You are a good person — may we all have as much neighborhood pride as you!) With a little bit of elbow grease and careful use of tools, you won’t have any problem getting the sticker and its remaining adhesive residue off the metal surface. Keep reading to see how it's done.

How to Remove Stickers and Adhesive from Metal Surfaces

How to Remove Stickers and Adhesive from Metal Surfaces

Use coconut oil and baking soda to remove tough stickers from metal.

Photo by: Emily Fazio

Emily Fazio

Basic razor blades are great for getting stickers off of a surface, but opt for a plastic razor blade if you have any fear of leaving damage to the underlying surface or paint.

How to Remove Stickers and Adhesive from Metal Surfaces

How to Remove Stickers and Adhesive from Metal Surfaces

Use coconut oil and baking soda to remove tough stickers from metal.

Photo by: Emily Fazio

Emily Fazio

Use a damp cloth to pre-treat the sticker, allowing the moisture to soak in around the edges. Rub the sticker while wet to help remove the top layers, depending on the quality of the sticker itself. If it’s still stuck on there, take the plastic razor blade and gently peel up the sticker around the edges to remove as much as you can.

How to Remove Stickers and Adhesive from Metal Surfaces

How to Remove Stickers and Adhesive from Metal Surfaces

Use coconut oil and baking soda to remove tough stickers from metal.

Photo by: Emily Fazio

Emily Fazio

You can remove any remaining paper and adhesive next. Store-bought adhesive removers are harsh (both on your fingers and the surface your sticker is on), so a homemade solution is best. To make, combine one tablespoon coconut oil and one tablespoon baking soda. Mix it together in a small container, and use a piece of cloth to apply it to the surface. Massage it in.

How to Remove Stickers and Adhesive from Metal Surfaces

How to Remove Stickers and Adhesive from Metal Surfaces

Use coconut oil and baking soda to remove tough stickers from metal.

Photo by: Emily Fazio

Emily Fazio

Next, rub-rub-rub.

How to Remove Stickers and Adhesive from Metal Surfaces

How to Remove Stickers and Adhesive from Metal Surfaces

Use coconut oil and baking soda to remove tough stickers from metal.

Photo by: Emily Fazio

Emily Fazio

Then use the wet cloth again — this time to wipe the surface clean. Go ahead — touch it to make sure it’s not tacky. If it is, massage a little more oil and baking powder against the surface. Bonus: It smells great!

How to Remove Stickers and Adhesive from Metal Surfaces

How to Remove Stickers and Adhesive from Metal Surfaces

Use coconut oil and baking soda to remove tough stickers from metal.

Photo by: Emily Fazio

Emily Fazio

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Play With Their Food

"My one go-to [parenting] trick is food-related. I add faces and make shapes with everything! Tofu trees, smiley rice cakes, you name it!" -Lorena Siminovich of Petit Collage

Try Lorena's advice at home and make this funny-face toast for your kids, as seen in HGTV Magazine.

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Frosty First Aid

"Popsicles for splinters. If a child has a splinter they can numb it with the popsicle. It tints the splinter so it shows up better, then [a] parent can gently remove it with a [set of] tweezers." -Facebook fan Dawn Marie Bowers Chentfant

Bite-Size Time Saver

"I use a pizza cutter to cut most of my children's food into nice pieces: waffles, pancakes, etc." -Facebook fan Elissa Gallien

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Tools for Tots

"When [I'm] trying to get a project done and my 5 and 7 year olds keep getting in the way, I just find a child-safe tool and hand [it] to them so they feel like they are helping." -Facebook fan Keith Benedetti

Tape Fixes Everything

"I couldn't afford a popular toy train track for my son, so I ran some low tack painters tape [down] the length of the hallway so he had a train track for his toys." -Facebook fan Scuba Steve

Can It

"For Legos, we have two brightly-colored small trash cans with lids in the play area. All the kids know where to get them for building and where to place them when done." -HGTV reader Audrey

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Raking It In

"We use a garden shrub rake to 'rake up' the small pieces [of plastic block sets] on the carpet. Kids think it is fun!" -Facebook fan Anne Littmann

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Tickle Monster

"My daughter would fight bedtime, so Daddy started turning into 'Tickle Monster' if she resisted and her bed was the only safe spot. Problem solved." -Facebook fan Michael Deo Fulscher

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Stack the Sheets

"If you have an infant or young child, stack the sheets. Alternate rubber pads and sheets, so when baby has an accident in the middle of the night all you have to do is take off the top layer and you are good to go! No more remaking the bed in the middle of the night!" -Facebook fan Beth Wile Meyerowitz

Adult Grape Juice

"Wine...lots and lots of wine." -Facebook fan Britney Ballin

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