How to Remove Adhesive From Steel Doors

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Things You'll Need

  • Petroleum based lubricant solvent

  • Citrus based hand cleaner

  • Citrus-based solvent

  • Rubbing alcohol

  • Ammonia

  • Paper towels

  • Plastic scraper

  • Nail polish remover

  • Acetone

  • Clean rags


If adhesive doesn't come off with organic cleaners, ammonia or acetone should work.


Ventilate the area you're working in to avoid breathing in fumes

Tags and plastic film adhesive can be difficult to remove from steel doors, especially if they have been in high temperatures. Sometimes an adhesive residue is left on the steel. There are many products you can use to successfully remove adhesive from steel doors without damaging protective coating.

How to Remove Adhesive From Steel Doors

Step 1

Ventilate the area you're working in. Spray the adhesive with a lubricant solvent containing petroleum distillates. Let it soak in for 10 minutes. Carefully remove the residue with a plastic scraper. Wash the remains away with a scrubbing cleanser, and rinse with cold water.

Step 2

Apply a citrus based hand cleaner or solvent to the adhesive. Let it set, then remove with a plastic scraper.

Step 3

Soak paper towel with rubbing alcohol and stick it to the adhesive for 15 minutes. Rewet the paper towel if necessary.

Step 4

Soak a rag or paper towel with ammonia and place it on the door for 15 minutes. Scrape the softened adhesive away with a plastic scraper.

Step 5

Apply nail polish remover with acetone to the adhesive. Scrape the adhesive residue from the steel door with a plastic scraper.


Cathryn Whitehead

Cathryn Whitehead graduated from the University of Michigan in 1987. She has published numerous articles for various websites. Her poems have been published in several anthologies and on Whitehead has done extensive research on health conditions and has a background in education, household management, music and child development.