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Forum topic by fivecodys posted 11-19-2014 04:53 PM 1060 views 0 times favorited 19 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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fivecodys

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11-19-2014 04:53 PM

Good morning fellas!
Lowe’s, in all its wisdom, places bar code stickers on all of its wood products.
I recently purchased 1 piece of 3/16” oak plywood for a Christmas project.
After removing the sticker as carefully as possible, there is still ‘goo’ left behind and I need to figure out how to remove it.
I can’t trim around it and it’s such thin plys that I am afraid to try and sand it off.
This will be eventually stained so I have to get it off.
My first though is mineral spirits.

Any suggestions?

Many Thanks,

Bill

-- Chem, Central California


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#1 posted 11-19-2014 04:55 PM

Mineral spirits would probably work. Lacquer thinner works really well and leaves no residue.

-- Bruce, Boise, ID

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#2 posted 11-19-2014 04:58 PM

Thanks John,
I will try that.

Bill

-- Chem, Central California

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#3 posted 11-19-2014 05:19 PM

Lighter fliud on a shop towel, or rag…..Let it soak for a couple of seconds, and wipe it off…..Drys instantly…..

-- Here in the South, we say "down the road a piece"...and , "it's over yonder".....!!

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#4 posted 11-19-2014 05:40 PM

Some sort of solvent. As johnstoneb said, mineral spirits works well.

-- paxorion

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#5 posted 11-19-2014 06:16 PM

Mineral spirits

-- Shooting down the walls of heartache. Bang bang. I am. The warrior.

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#6 posted 11-19-2014 06:57 PM

I use my heat gun to remove the label and then mineral spirits or goo gone.

-- Bill R

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#7 posted 11-19-2014 08:14 PM



I use my heat gun to remove the label and then mineral spirits or goo gone.

- Bill7255

Yep.

-- Alaskan's for Global warming!

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#8 posted 11-19-2014 08:27 PM



I use my heat gun to remove the label and then mineral spirits or goo gone.

- Bill7255

Yea the heat gun helps to take it off with very little goo left to remove and then mineral spirits or goo gone.

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#9 posted 11-19-2014 08:37 PM

Every time I see the title to this thread, I think it says, Removing God from sticker on plywood.

-- "Man is the only animal which devours his own, for I can apply no milder term to the general prey of the rich on the poor." ~Thomas Jefferson

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fivecodys

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#10 posted 11-19-2014 08:46 PM



Every time I see the title to this thread, I think it says, Removing God from sticker on plywood.

- CharlesA

That’s funny. I had to go back and make sure I didn’t type that by mistake! :)

-- Chem, Central California

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#11 posted 11-20-2014 12:12 AM

Just adding my voice, I usually soak the label with mineral spirits on a rag, then ‘scrape’ it off with an old plastic credit card type object. Then you can scrub the goo off with mineral spirits and a rag.

-- Ni faru ion el ligno!

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#12 posted 11-20-2014 01:32 AM

I incorporate the sticker into my design. Nothing says fine furniture like a sticky gooey yellowing Lowes sticker. And the barcode goes with any project. ;)

-- Tom - Measure twice cut once. Then measure again. Curse. Fudge.

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#13 posted 11-20-2014 01:55 AM

Like, “Who is this god, and what is he doing to/on my plywood?”, kind of thing, CharlesA? =D

-- Random Orbital Nailer

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#14 posted 11-20-2014 01:57 AM

Brake cleaner works in a pinch.

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#15 posted 11-20-2014 02:27 AM

That sticker is a pain in the arse and I usually can design around it by either making that part waste or not having it show, but I have scraped and sanded. I will remember these tips for getting it off.

-- Bill M. "People change, walnut doesn't" by Gene.

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