How to remove a price sticker from a record cover without damage

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The secret is.... lighter fuel, it dissolves most (not all) glue. I have had a 90% success rate. Soak the sticker with lighter fuel, let it dry & then soak again & carefully peel it off while still wet. Don't rush the job though! Soak again if it starts to damage the cover. There is a knack & it works best on laminated covers or slightly shiny covers. Matt covers can a bit of a challenge depending on what type sticker you are trying to remove. Some are just impossible...usually the large early 60s labels. I have managed to remove lots of half removed Trojan records pre decimal price stickers, Woolworths, Boots, Virgin, Downtown, Dobels, Our Price, Co-op etc. Personally I think some stickers like the Trojan 12/6 stickers should be left alone as a reminder of the era. If it's a glossy label it will be a little harder to remove but not impossible. Try first on a record you don't value at all! As I said before there is a knack to it. You will need to be very careful as not all labels use the same glue so if it starts to tear the cover soak it again or just leave the sticker where it is. Do this at your own risk! I accept no responsibility if you mess it up! I have had a 90% success rate. Soak the sticker with lighter fuel, let it dry & then carefully peel it off. Soak again if it starts to damage the cover. There is a knack & it works best on laminated covers or slightly shiny covers. It sometimes works on a matt cover but it will depend on what type sticker you are trying to remove. It needs to be a paper sticker. If it's a glossy label it will be harder to remove but not impossible. Try first on a record you don't value at all! As I said before there is a knack to it. You will need to be very careful as not all labels use the same glue so if it starts to tear the cover soak it again or just leave the sticker on. Do this at your own risk! I accept no responsibility if you mess it up! Please note that depending on the type of ink or print process used, isopropyl alcohol can make the ink run although it's quite rare.

 

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