WD-40 versus label remover


It can be difficult removing some kinds
of sticky labels some of the adhesive used on these is incredibly difficult to
get off. You can buy a dedicated product in this example we’ve got Maplins label
remover and that normally does a very good job of removing the levels and the adhesive. We’re also going to try out a couple more things. We’re going to try out a
Zinsser Universal Degreaser and a few people have recommended WD-40 and
somebody also recommended methylated spirits. Now originally I first started
using this because at work we have some knit rollers they used to get covered in
a very strong adhesive and we tried WD-40 we tried methylated spirits and
it wouldn’t touch it, as soon as we tried this we removed the adhesive
immediately. So that’s why I actually started using this product. So we’re
going to test out the four products but just to start off with I’m just going to
use this plastic scraper. I’ll just show you how difficult it is to remove one of
these labels using nothing. You can see that you can get hold of it and it does
come off in little bits. Once these are stuck they do stick very well
indeed. If you look there you can actually see that the adhesive is still there
although the paper has been removed. So removing them with nothing at all is
very difficult. So to start off with we are going to try the WD-40. I’m just going
to spray that all over the label So I’ll just give that a couple of
minutes to soak in and then we’ll try removing it. Whilst that is soaking in I’m just going to put the label remover on the label at the end there, and we’ll allow that to soak in for a couple of minutes as well. I’m now going to try the Zinsser Universal Degreaser. Then the one in the middle we’ll just try some methylated spirits. We will now have a go at removing some
of these. We’ll start off with the one that we sprayed with WD-40. You can see
that that hasn’t done too bad of a job with this particular adheshive. So that did enable us to remove most of that label pretty easily. We’ll now try the one
that’s been sprayed with the label remover. You can see that that came off there
very easily, it’s come off in one piece and it hasn’t left any adhesive behind
whatsoever. So that is why I always prefer using the
dedicated label remover. It does tend to do a very good job especially when you
get some adhesives that stick really, really strongly. We are now going to try
the Zinsser Universal Degreaser and you can see that that has just made a mess of
the label really, so that is now coming off in tiny little bits. So although
that is a very good product for degreasing it’s not much good at removing
labels. We will now try the methylated spirits, and again that’s not done much
it’s just making the label turn into small pieces. So that’s really not much good at all at removing labels just going to make your job a lot harder. I’m sure that somebody recently said that you could use furniture polish as a
level remover so I’m also going to try that I’ll just spray that on there, I’m just going to leave that for a couple of minutes and then I’ll try to remove the
label. So that’s had a few minutes now to soak in, I’ll now see if I can remove that label. You can see that it’s just breaking it
up into small pieces again. Obviously the clear winner in that
demonstration was the dedicated label remover. In some circumstances you may be able to use other products to remove the labels depending on how good the adhesive is but I’ve always found that the level remover works a lot better than anything
else I have tried including wd-40. I hope this video has been helpful and if it
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75 thoughts on “WD-40 versus label remover

  1. I think I'll need to get some label remover. I hate bar code labels on wood, why can't they use an adhesive that peels off easily. I really hate bar code labels stuck over the instructions ie paper on paper and when you try and peel it off it takes the instructions along with it. GRRR.

  2. i have used WD 40 many times to take off labels and it works great but then you have to get the WD 40 off ha ha ha
    but that is not to big an issue
    richard in the tropics

  3. Wow that label remover works great! I've always used isopropyl alcohol to remove the sticky residue left behind once you eventually get round to peeling all of the label off which is time consuming of course!

  4. Very helpful them labels on bathroom suites is a nightmare to remove, I get me some of the label remover. Thanks for putting the video together.

  5. Very interesting, I use empty coffee jars to hold my screws and things, I screw the lids to the rafters and suspend the jar from them. I presoak the jars in hot soapy water for about 10 minutes and after the label has been removed I use white sprit to get the adhesive off. The label has some sort of shine on it that makes it difficult to get off, if the remover works as well as in your demo I will be over the moon. I will be going to my local Maplin to get a tin of this remover. I will let you know how I get on.

  6. Nice test. Is the label remover water or solvent based?
    It could have been me who mentioned the furniture polish, but it has to be Mr Sheen. Mr Sheen is very creamy and should easily obscure the label, thats when you know you have enough on. This is particualy good for softer plastics as the labels slide of and then the glue comes away with a rub of a cloth.

  7. Thank-You for the info U.H. Your films must have saved me hundreds of pounds over the years, simply by letting you do the field tests and then, from seeing your results making my choice of products. So far I have not gone wrong from following your advice and demonstrations. Cheers mate, I hope the videos keep on coming. N.

  8. I had no idea there a dedicated label remover spray! Iv always used wd40, window scraper and soapy water! Where can I get the label remover spray? Also Superb demo once again.

  9. Got to hand it to wd40 for being such an all rounder of course dedicated products should be better, but there is a limit to how many other cans you are gonna have, but if time is money you will buy them. good video!

  10. WOW that came off so easy with the Maplin one, I have an account with them I might go and have a look for myself.ย Well Done on the demonstration.ย  Barry (from West Kirby, Wirral)

  11. I know this will sound weird, and I'm not saying it's better than your canned label remover, as I have never used it. I used to manage a couple of music shops which traded heavily in used guitars. Lots of them came in with unsightly decals. I would remove them handily with trumpet valve oil. Thanks for the videos!

  12. Always enjoy your videos by the way. I am just wondering where do you get that Maplin's label remover ?. ๐Ÿ™‚

  13. Good video, i need to get some of that maplin stuff. In the past i have just used iso-propyl to remove the adhesive, but it's not the best on some adhesives and i still have to contend with getting all the paper backing off first. Pure acetone works well but it will eat many plastics and paint so is not practical on most surfaces you find labels on.

  14. Thanks for the comparisons. Usually I find it hard to beat brake cleaner for removing labels, fast and cheap, and of course has many other cleaning uses. You do have to be careful though because it will destroy some plastics.

  15. So clearly the label remover wins BUT if you're in the shit, & you need the job done & all you have is WD-40, it can get you quite far under certain adhesives. Wow. WD40 is versatile these days. Tune in NEXT WEEK, where the ultimate handyman shows us how to stop slugs from climbing them pots!

  16. Conclusive proof that the dedicated product really does come out on top. Thanks for the upload. I'm off to Maplin.

  17. Have you ever herd of Autosmart? They do products for the automotive industry such as cleaning products as they do a product called tardis which amazing at removing adhesives and of that doesn't do they have a strong product I can't remover what it's called that will do the job

  18. Great bench testing! I have used label removers before and they are always up to the job. I have also used a hot air gun or hairdryer when in a jam.

  19. Hola from my hotel internet on holidays in Spain! I like lighter fluid for labels but it can cause a dulling effect to some surfaces. WD40 always has issue of smell for me. Will try Maplin. Cheers as always mate ๐Ÿ˜€

  20. Really nice demonstration!
    Since the dedicated spray won the match, but with WD-40 proving to be useful, what's the price difference between the two?
    I usually get rid of labels with WD-40, but I'd buy a can of the dedicated spray if the price is worth for casual use.
    Thanks for your videos! ๐Ÿ˜‰

  21. Dab a few drops of Goo Gone on a paper towel and apply it to the residue. It works well too. I couldn't find the Maplin product at local stores here. The nail polish remover I usually use damaged the bottom of the plastic glass that the label was stuck to. But the Goo Gone was excellent.

  22. thanks for sharing. would you be so mind to give further informations about Maplin. I look for it in Italy but I could not find it, you know,here is like third world for anything related to woodworking and useful materials ๐Ÿ™

  23. Another great and useful video thanks! As a home-brewer (as well as DIYer) I spend hours removing labels from wine and beer bottles. I've got through gallons of methylated spirit which works on some adhesives, acetone and white spirit. Amazing how different adhesives respond to solvents, so am looking forward to trying a dedicated label removing product.

  24. I was also a big fan of label remover, until the spray-can leaked and I did not notice it. I did not use gloves, because I used an extension on the spray, and thought that my hands were long away from the spray. It took 3ยฝ years to heal to a point where I can touch soap again.

  25. It seems like WD40 did as good job as the dedicated label remover, if you would have sprayed both labels equally well . One can easily see spots on the label not covered when sprayed with DW40, which is not the case with the label remover though.
    Not to mention that DW40 is a type of penetrant oil designed with that purpose in mind, whereas the label remover, what, or how many other things can it do?

  26. Brilliant again! I deal a lot with labels and stickers. Personally I prefer isopropyl as it throughly dissolves the glue after a about a minute. When removing vinyl stickers (such as on a van), I heat the sticker sup with a heat gun to soften the vinyl and then peel off. Once all the vinyl is gone I spray with iso, wait a minute, then scrape off with a plastic scraper.

  27. Mineral oil, coat the label and rub it in a little bit. Then use a blow dryer to heat it up. Start from one end of the label blow dry it, then use a plastic scraper to lift it and the rest should come off easily as you use the blow dryer to continue to heat the adhesive to pull it off. Try it. It works. It leaves no residue, and it cheaper than WD40, or goof off. : D

  28. This seems like is exactly the product I've been looking for for removing labels from bottles! However when I tried to buy the product online, it wasn't available. It looks like Maplin has closed earlier this year (2018) and no longer make this product. Have you found any similar label remover products that are comparable?

  29. going with wd-40 to remove some nasa labels off the saturn-v and replace them with roscosmos stickers later

  30. Tky Sir I'm going to try automotive stores here in the UNITED STATES
    will see we just about have everything here…. I was told goof a lot of mechanics use that but I'm going to look for Maplin ..
    Thanks mate from Sunny Florida๐Ÿ˜Ž๐Ÿน

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