How to Remove Adhesive From Acrylic

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 5

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

Step 6

Saturate a clean cloth with the warm vinegar.

Step 7

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 8

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 9

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

Step 10

Soak a cloth in the solution.

Step 11

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 12

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.