• EEVblog #560 – How To Remove Sticker Residue On Test Equipment

    1 minute tech tip!
    Dave shows how to remove sticker residue from test equipment without damage, using a plastic pencil eraser. No chemicals required!
    It also works for those troublesome security stickers.
    Handy for sprucing up equipment before resale on ebay.
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      • Ex-BOFH

        Here’s a good tip for cleaning up dirty electronics devices; Ajax Triple-Action Glass Cleaner

        It’s meant for glass, so there is no sand or other abrasive material in it, it works for both metal chassis, hard plastic, soft plastic (power-cords become like new), rubber buttons, and it doesn’t hurt silk screens at all, the printing gets cleaned up and shiny as well.
        I used up quite a few bottles of it at my previous job where I was an IT-technician, I cleaned up notebooks, monitors, keyboards/mice, desktops.
        Filthy power cords, god I hated that, they all got cleaned up before I stocked them in storage.
        Everything gets a distinct “new” feel to the touch afterwards.
        At home I use it on all my computer stuff and instruments as well.

        The only thing I don’t used it on is directly on TFT-screens, a microfiber cloth and a bit of moisture is usually quite enough for that.

        The gunky stuff you removed in the clip I would use an eraser on as well, but afterwards I’d use the Ajax on the entire outside of the instruments and on the probes.

      • tchicago

        It is important to note that the eraser should not have any abrasive in it. Usually it comes in a form of sand dust mixed into the material, and it can damage the plastic or metal suface, especialy if it is an LCD screen. Pencil erasers frequently do have it and it is not obvious to figure out whether it is there or not.

      • Sandor

        In Hungary I use “benzin” for this. This is like gasoline, but you buy it in a pharmacy, totally clear and evaporates completely. It is used for cleaning skin around bruises.

      • chris

        Nah mate
        just use WD40 best sticky tape remover on the planet – good on military equip it was developed for rocket research;-)

        • tchicago

          WD40 contains solvents, so some plastics may get damaged by it. Also WD40 contains oil, so it leaves the residue that does not evaporate and still needs to be removed by other solvent, like isopropanol.

          Personally, I have a can of this http://www.walmart.com/ip/3M-12-oz-Adhesive-Remover/17056835 . It is easy on most of the plastics. When unsure, I use a drop of it on the some side panel of surface to check if it can damage the surface.

          Now thanks to Dave, I’ll go to the nearest office supply store to stock up with a bunch of different erasers and test them for abrasives. Hopefully, I’ll find a non-abrasive one 🙂

      • Paul Collins

        I like that Dave, never crossed my mind to do that a real Bobby dazzler

      • Johm

        I thought Dave said Bobby Tesla! Not dazzler…

      • Eucalyptus oil works wonders as well.

        • Chris

          I was going to say that, and being an Aussie, Dave should have some in his back yard.

      • kiu

        I use regular salad oil to get rid of these pesky sticker residues, works like a charm.

      • John

        I have used Roson’s lighter fluid on virtually all sticky goo residues and have never yet found it to damage plastic or remove lettering. I spot test everyhting first but so far this has been a miracle cleaner.

      • Great Tip, I can see it works well !
        I will try it next time.
        I have always used eucalyptus oil, and it all so works well on PCB’s to remove flex residue.

      • BobKat

        I use Ronson (or other similar) lighter fluid all the time. It’s great. A little goes a long way.

        I like it better than the eraser trick which I seldom use anymore as the lighter fluid works so much better and faster.

        The lighter fluid softens up the adhesive so you can just wipe it off with a paper towel about 20 seconds after applying it.

        What I like best about it is that it doesn’t leave any visible residue or leave a chemical smell behind once it dries.

        So far I’ve never found it to damage plastics, silk screens, or PCBs.

        A lot of other products I’ve tried tend to remove paint or leave behind a strong smell even after drying. Goo Gone is awful in that respect. I can’t stand the smell it leaves behind.


      • electrolux

        Just got a free netbook computer, removed a sticker using a rubber

      • Bill G

        Dave, i have used the Electus/Jaycar PCB cleaner, it works really well….a little messy sometimes, but it gets rid of all the adhesive…..you keep it wet and it comes off quickly…

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