question for the panel: how to remove that sticky stuff off the front of my laptop? when I bought this machine it came with these stupid labels near the bottom – windows vista, intel etc. one of them has come off and left a sticky residue and it’s right under my wrist when I type – not pleasant… anyone know what’s good for getting rid of it without killing my laptop?

18 thoughts on “question for the panel: how to remove that sticky stuff off the front of my laptop? when I bought this machine it came with these stupid labels near the bottom – windows vista, intel etc. one of them has come off and left a sticky residue and it’s right under my wrist when I type – not pleasant… anyone know what’s good for getting rid of it without killing my laptop?

  1. I was going to say rubbing alcohol, but if your laptop is like mine, it might not be wise to let rubbing alcohol sit to soak in for a minute or two. So maybe a bit of cooking oil will work. Let it sit for a minute or two and wipe off. If it didn't come completely off, repeat. Then when the adhesive is gone, just use a little bit of non-abrasive soap (dish soap) and water to clean the cooking oil residue off.

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  2. There is a product called "Goo Gone" (stupid name, but descriptive – see link below) which works great. For most things, you would spray it on, let it soak for a while, and then wipe it off. Obviously you can't do that here. What I do in a case like this is spray the Goo Gone on a cloth or paper towel and very carefully wipe it over the area with the glue residue. It may take several tries, but it should work. Good luck!http://www.amazon.com/MAGIC-AMERICA-GG12-Goo-Gone/dp/B00006IBNJ

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  3. okay… so far the only suggestion that doesn't involve going out and buying something is the cooking oil… am wondering though about white spirit – I know that works for removing this sort of goo from other things, just not sure if it's safe to use on the laptop.(for those who don't know what I'm talking about, I looked it up on Onelook and found this definition:white spirit • noun Brit. a volatile colourless liquid distilled from petroleum, used as a paint thinner and solvent.)

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  4. Me neither. In fact, I'll bet I could get the sticky stuff off with a combination of hot water, elbow grease, and my thumbnail. We don't have all that fancy crap here anyway (OK, we do have talcum powder). :)

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  5. I'm quite sure a lot of those fancy detergents are perfectly unnecessary, just the same ingredients mixed and presented in a different bottle with a different label on them to fool gullible housewives into parting with their cash.

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  6. okay, it's gone… consulted husband re white spirit, as it's what he always uses for removing this kind of thing so I asked him if he'd ever used it on metal and he said yes, no problem. so it's done. no more sticky stuff to avoid, I can rest my wrist on there without worrying about having to prise it off…thank you for all the suggestions!!!

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  7. I know acetone – we use the term back home – and white spirit doesn't smell quite as foul… though it doesn't smell nice.the dictionary definition for white spirit said: a volatile colourless liquid distilled from petroleum, used as a paint thinner and solvent.not sure if that means they are related?

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  8. meirav wrote —how to remove that sticky stuff off the front of my laptop?when I bought this machine it came with these stupid labels near the bottom.one of them has come off and left a sticky residueand it's right under my wrist when I type – not pleasant…

    but the labels should be covered by the warranty
    just write to the manufacturer,
    get them to replace the missing label

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