The number one method for removing paper price stickers, scotch tape or tags is to use a BLOW DRYER. Simply heat up the sticker and about 9 out of 10 times it will lift without tearing or damaging the surface. How many times have you seen a book, toy, model kit box or other paper collectible with scratching or damage where there may have been a sticker at one time?... YECH!
Here what I suggest. Use lighter fluid, like Ronsonol Lighter Fuel in the yellow bottle. It's cheap and readily available almost anywhere. You'll also need a pair of tweezers, a plastic soda straw, and some cosmetic wipes.
Lighter fluid is naphtha, which is highly volatile and leaves no residue.
1. Saturate one end of a Q-Tip with fluid. Generously apply the fluid to the sticker. Do this one or two times, really saturating the sticker. Don't worry about staining. It looks bad when it's wet, but within minutes all traces of the naphtha will vaporize.
2. Use something non-metallic (like the end of a plastic soda straw) to peel up one corner of the sticker. Grasp the sticker with the tweezers and VERY SLOWLY peel up. VERY SLOWLY. The sticker should easily come up. Use more lighter fluid if necessary to keep the sticker saturated.
3. Once the sticker has been removed, examine the area on the comic where the sticker was placed. There may be some adhesive residue. or discoloration. Alas, the discoloration can't be fixed. BUT, residue can be safely removed without further damage. Apply lighter fluid to a cotton cosmetic pad (available in any drug store) and GENTLY swab the area with the adhesive residue. You'll see it comes up on the pad. Swab the area a few times VERY GENTLY, WITHOUT APPLYING MUCH PRESSURE, to avoid removing cover inks. You may get a slight bit of color transfer on to the pad, but it will be minimal.
4. Make sure the area under the sticker is smooth and adhesive free with a few more gentle swipes with the cosmetic pad.
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