How to Remove Adhesive From Acrylic

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Things You'll Need

  • Baby oil

  • Lint free cloth

  • Painter’s tape

  • Putty knife

  • 1/2 cup vinegar

  • 1 cup warm water

  • Pot

  • Dish soap

It is frustrating to remove a sticker from acrylic, only to find a sticky residue left behind. Residue can also be left behind by tape or other sticky substances. Whether the acrylic is used for a fish tank, table or other item, being able to have a clean, mark-free piece is important. Using safe home remedies may solve your problem.

Baby Oil Method

Step 1

Apply baby oil to a cloth. Pour out just enough to saturate the sticky area.

Step 2

Secure the cloth over the sticky area with painter's tape, which does not leave a residue.

Step 3

Allow the cloth with baby oil on it to sit on the sticky area for 2 to 5 minutes.

Step 4

Remove the cloth. Use a clean dry cloth to remove the sticky residue and baby oil. If the residue will not come off, you may carefully use a putty knife to remove the remaining residue. Be careful not to scratch the acrylic.

Vinegar Method

Step 1

Warm about 1/2 cup of vinegar in a small pot.

Step 2

Saturate a clean cloth with the warm vinegar.

Step 3

Apply the cloth to the residue. Allow the cloth to saturate the residue for about 2 minutes. Use painter's tape to secure the cloth if you do not want to hold it there.

Step 4

Wipe the vinegar and residue off with a clean cloth. If the residue will not come off, you may carefully use a putty knife to remove the remaining residue. Be careful not to scratch the acrylic.

Soap and Water Method

Step 1

Mix 1 tablespoon of dish soap in 1 cup of warm water in a small dish.

Step 2

Soak a cloth in the solution.

Step 3

Apply the cloth to the residue and allow it to sit for 5 minutes. Use painter's tape to secure the cloth if you do not want to hold it in place.

Step 4

Remove the cloth, wipe the residue and soap water off with a clean cloth. If the residue will not come off, you may carefully use a putty knife to remove the remaining residue. Be careful not to scratch the acrylic.

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Heather Montgomery

Based in Lakeland, FL., Heather Montgomery has been writing a popular celebrity parenting blog and several parenting and relationship articles since 2011. Her work also appears on eHow and Everyday Family and she focuses her writing on topics about parenting, crafts, education and family relationships. She is pursuing a Bachelor of Science in early education from Fort Hays State University.