How do I remove a sticker? Naphtha works great for dissolving adhesive, quickly evaporates, and won't interfere with finishes or harm most plastics.
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Trying to remove gummed labels from products, especially wood, can be frustrating. Scraping them off with tools invariably damages the surface.

My solution is naphtha, usually labeled "VM&P Naphtha." (VM&P stands for Varnish Makers' & Painters'.) Traditionally used to thin oil-based finishes, naphtha works great for dissolving adhesive, quickly evaporates, and won't interfere with finishes or harm most plastics.

Pour a little naphtha in a small container (I use the lid of the can). Use a small brush to apply it at the edge of the label then start peeling the label back, applying more naphtha as you progress. Once the label peels off, use a paper towel to remove any residue.

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