Hot tap water
Dish detergent (preferbly Dawn)
Plastic dish scrubby
Nail Polish remover w Acetone
There are different types of glues used on glass. Most paper price tags and some food jar labels have a water soluble glues on them. These are not too hard to remove most of the time unless they are old or have been on the glass a very long time. The other type is a plastic coated or vinyl type label, which requires a whole different method to remove them.
1. Removing paper type labels: soak the glass in very hot water mixed with a solution of a little vinegar and dish detergent (like Dawn), for about 10 minutes or so. Peel off what paper you can and scrub off the remaining layer of paper with a plastic scrubby. You may get all of the glue off too with the scrubby, but If glue still remains, repeat the process with a new batch of hot water solution and scrub again. This second soaking usually does the trick. In extreme cases, fill a dish pan or bucket with the hot water and vinegar solution and place the glass in it to soak overnight.
2. Plastic coated and vinyl labels: Some labels may have vinyl adhesives or rubber cement on the back. These types of glues do not usually come off easily with water. Heat from a hair dryer may work if soaking in hot water does not. There are some commercial glue removers on the market, but we found that not only do they tend to be expensive and in skimpy portioned bottles, but they tend to not work all that well anyway. In many cases you can initially remove the label itself with the water solution method above, but there will be a glue layer that remains that does not seem affected by water. What we found that works on most of these types of glues is nail polish remover with acetone. The store brand is very cheap and works pretty well in most cases. To remove the glue layer, make sure the glue is dry. Put on gloves to protect your hands from the harshness of the acetone and daub a generous amount of nail polish remover on the glue spot with wadded up paper towel. Wait about three to five minutes. Apply more remover to the paper towel and start rubbing the glue spot to loosen it. The acetone evaporates quickly, so re-apply the paper towel with more remover as soon as it seems that you are using too much effort and not getting any glue off.
3. Soaking method: Try soaking the label face down in nail polish remover poured onto a plastic plate or by laying a soaked paper towel with the nail polish remover over the area. Leave on for at least fifteen minutes. Use a scrubby pad to remove the softened glue. Once all the glue has been removed, wash the glass in hot soapy dish detergent and water before etching your design.
4. Apply heat: Try using a hair dryer to soften rubber cement glues, just do not burn the label. Hold a part of the glass where your hands will not get burned as well. The glass can get pretty hot. While the glue is soft, roll the glue off the glass with a tool like a wood craft stick or craft knife.
Article Posted: 12/20/2016 02:09:29 PM