How to be awesome at removing bumper stickers
Long after the campaign is over, political bumper stickers remain. But they don't have to. Perhaps you're feeling melancholy about the McCain/Palin logo on your rear window. Or maybe you're still carrying around a nasty reminder of the Kerry/Edwards ticket. Removing those ill-advised adhesives is easier than you might think. The folks at Liquid Luster Mobile Detailing in Worthington (liquidluster.com) explained how.
(1) Get a tool to use as leverage to get under the sticker. Avoid sharp objects like a knife or your fingernails, especially if you're removing a sticker from a painted surface. For most surfaces, an old credit card ought to do the trick. A razor blade is OK to use on glass as long as you wet it down first with soapy water or a spray detailer, available at most auto parts stores.
(2) Find a "leading edge" where you can begin to peel up the sticker. A corner is probably your best bet. If part of the sticker won't come off, use your leverage tool to try to start a new edge and keep peeling.
(3) Once you get the main sticker pulled off, use a product called Goof-Off to remove the remaining sticky residue. You can get it at major home-improvement stores like Lowe's or Home Depot. Don't spray it directly on the car; spray it into a microfiber cloth or terry-cloth towel, then wipe that on the surface in a circular motion. (Wax off, if you will.) The Goof-Off will break down whatever remains of the sticker.
(4) Follow up with soapy water or a spray detailer to remove whatever gooey substance is left over. Voila! Your car is as good (and apolitical) as new.