What can I use to remove stick on graphics

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    My plane has an octane sticker next to the fuel cap on the wing and it has gotten old and rotten. I bought a new one and want to just replace it. What can I use to remove the old adhesive without damaging my paint?
     
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    scrape off as much as you can with a plastic razor blade, then just use your standard adhesive remover. GooGone/WD40 both work.
     
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    Hair dryer.
    Not a heat gun.
    Hair dryer.
     
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    Get it hot. If next to fuel I would hesitate using a heat gun. Use a heating pad. The glue will soften and you can peal it off while it is hot. Use alcohol on a rag to wipe off any residue.
     
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    Ethanol, the wonder solvent. (e.g., grain alcohol, 95% will work just fine.) It usually does a good job with gums and glue residue, and should not be harmful to paint. It will also remove grease and grime prior to applying the new sticker. Isopropanol will also work, but it may be harder to find it in 100% concentration. The drug store variety is 70%, too much water to work well. These alcohols are usually kind to most plastics as well.
     
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    Denatured alcohol
     
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    Not tried the 3 M adhesive remover in the previous post, but I can add that I've had good luck with WD 40, more so than goo gone. It's just going to take elbow grease though.
     
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    Another vote for WD40. Terrible lubricant. Wonderful cleaner/solvent of adhesives.
     
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    Egregious waste of essential chemical important to survival of our species.
     
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    It also doesn't work well.

    The stuff they sell as label remover works well, but it's little more than scented kerosene.
     
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    Lubricant? You do realize the "WD" in "WD-40" stands for "Water Displacement", yes? :D

    It was never intended to be used as a lubricant, but it does do a bang-up job at removing road tar without damaging paint...

    ...and it smells really neat to boot. :cool:
     
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    And WD-40 is about half kerosene, which brings me back to my point.
     
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