8 Simple Ways To Remove Your Road Tax Sticker Without Ripping Your Hair Out

BONUS: How to stick 'em so you never have to scrape glue residue off your windscreen ever again.

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  • Raise your hand if you have ever been personally victimised by one of these impossible-to-remove road tax stickers

  • It's especially frustrating when you manage to scrape off the decal... only to have these ugly glue marks stubbornly refusing to get off your windscreen!

  • In fact, some don't even bother removing their expired road tax stickers, preferring to leave a road tax trail on their windscreens instead

  • Removing road tax stickers is not a simple matter of tearing off the old and sticking on the new, it requires a specific set of tools as well as quite a bit of elbow grease and patience. Here are some tried and tested methods we gathered from our fellow motorists:

  • 1. With a rag soaked in soap water and a plastic card

      • 2fbc Image via SAYS
        Expired credit cards are great for scraping things off surfaces, such as ice, glue, wax etc.
    • Using the rag soaked in soap water, rub against the glue marks until they soften. Then, scrape of the glue residue with a plastic card e.g. expired membership cards or credit cards.

  • 2. Gently scraping it off with a razor cutter blade (typically for pen knives) or a glass scraper

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        Pen knife and blade (left), glass scraper (right)
    • Hold your tool firmly at a steady angle, scrape evenly starting from the edge until the end. Lightly scrape off any remaining remnants.

      If necessary, wipe off residue with some paint thinner (sparingly, especially if you have tinted windows) and polish off with window cleaner or glass solution.

  • 3. With WD-40 spray and a dry cloth or sponge

    • Gently peel off the sticker as usual, and don't worry about the adhesive and residue that is hard to remove. Then, spray some WD-40 onto a piece of dry cloth, and wipe them off from the windscreen.

    • However, some motorists have noted that this method only works on fresh glue and not on glue that has been on the windscreen for a long time. WD-40 can also be quite corrosive on certain rubber and plastic materials.

      Watch how it's done here:

  • 4. Pour some Goo Gone citrus solvent (available in hardware stores) onto a rag and rub until the glue residue comes off

  • 5. With a hairdryer, soap solution, and a rag or some tissues

      Hair dryer or professional heat gun
      Anti-rust solution
      Soap solution
      Rag or tissues

      1. Using the hair dryer or heat gun, heat up the corner of the sticker that you would start peeling.

    • 2. Carefully and slowly peel off the sticker from its edge. The heated section should easily come off together with the glue residue.

      3. Pay special attention at areas where it is designed to tear. Once torn, it will take more effort to remove that torn section. Giving it another round of hair dryer treatment might help prevent this. carlist.my
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        Some of the many parts designed to tear, circled in green.
    • 4. If there are still leftover glue residue remaining after the sticker is taken off, spray some anti-rust solution onto a piece of rag. Rub onto the spot until it is completely removed.

      5. Wipe the area with some soap solution and rinse it until its clean and dry. It is then ready for the new road tax sticker. carlist.my
  • 6. With cooking oil. This method is said to be the most effective, removing glue residue in less than one minute.

      Rags or kitchen cloths
      Cooking oil
      Soap water

      1. Soak a small part of a kitchen cloth with cooking oil.
      2. Rub against glue residue until it is wiped off.
      3. Wipe the windscreen clean with a cloth soaked in soap water.
      4. Rinse and dry off.

  • 7. Pour some minyak cap kapak or medicated baby oil onto a piece of cloth and start rubbing until glue residue comes off

  • 8. With any organic solvent such as nail polish remover, paint thinner, rubbing alcohol, petrol, kerosene, and acetone

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        Nail polish remover is quite a cleansing agent. It can even remove permanent marker from whiteboards and unfortunately, colour off of dyed material.
    • IMPORTANT: The aforementioned materials and flammable and should be handled with care i.e. don't use it near any fire sources.

      Also not recommended for tinted windows as they may damage the tint.

  • If you'd rather not spend even more time trying to remove road tax stickers and glue residue for the rest of your driving life, then you might want to take note of these hassle-free ways to replacing your road tax:

  • 1. Get hold of some plain car stickers or one of those road tax sticker decals

    • These stickers should be available in car accessory shops and online via Mudah.my or Lelong.my. If you're lucky, you might get a free one courtesy of your car insurance agent when you renew your license.

  • 2. To make sure your road tax sticker does not make any adhesive contact with your windscreen, you can choose to laminate your sticker...

  • ... Covering it with a cut up CD plastic case

  • 3. Apply your laminated or covered road tax sticker onto the decal

  • 4. Stick it onto your car windscreen...

  • 5. ... And don't worry about glue residue when your remove it next year! Or the next and the next...

  • If you're planning to buy a new car...

  • ... Make sure your car stands out as a prime example on the road!

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