Supermarkets carry a product called Goo-Gone. Works nicely, based on some
sort of oil, probably citrus if the smell is any indication. On non-porous
surfaces like glass & car bumpers, I've used vegetable oil to remove bumper
stickers, but I'm not sure if that might affect paint adversely.
Goo-Gone is just overpriced naphtha, with a little citrus perfume, to make
you *think* it is citrus oil. Mineral spirits, lighter fluid, Coleman
fuel, etc., are cheaper versions of the same, minus the perfume.
If you don't care about the finish, gasoline or lighter fuel works
just fine. :-)
Other than that:
If freshly painted, I would leave it alone for at least 30 days, if
oil based. If water based, I would wait at least 7 days.
THEN, use 99% isopropyl alcohol (available from your pharmacist).
You can also use a light swabbing of denatured alcohol (ethanol).
On really old painted surfaces, WD-40 will work faster (but use with
caution on newer surfaces).
Be careful with naptha (Ronson lighter fluid), or gasoline, or
thinner, on ANY painted surfaces. Paint is quite sensitive to
petroleum distillates. It can dull the finish. Not recommended for
Never use acetone, MEK, turpentine, thinner (mineral spirits), etc.
because these will instantly attack and/or remove the paint.
On car finishes, I would use only isopropyl alcohol or buffing
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