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How to Remove Sticky Labels From Magazines

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Sticky address labels and renewal notices on magazines can be difficult to remove. While in many cases the labels do not pose a problem, you may want to remove the label completely if you plan on selling the magazine or displaying the cover. No technique works to remove all types of labels, but several household items and commercial products can help you remove the label without damaging your magazine.

Heat the label with a hairdryer until the adhesive starts to soften. Hold the hairdryer a few inches away from the magazine cover and heat it for several minutes on a medium setting. Using a heat setting that is too high could scorch the paper.

Soak the label with lighter fluid. Let the fluid sit on the label for several minutes before gently peeling it off the magazine cover. Wash your hands thoroughly after handling lighter fluid and be cautious to keep the magazine away from heat and flames. Once the lighter fluid evaporates and dries, it should not leave a visible residue on the cover.

Use an adhesive remover such as Goo Gone or un-du to remove the label and the sticky residue from the magazine cover. Use Goo Gone on thick, high gloss magazine covers; this product can damage low-quality covers. Un-du is safe to use on most surfaces and does not leave a visible residue behind once it dries completely.

Things You'll Need:

  • Hairdryer
  • Lighter fluid
  • Adhesive remover


  • Do not attempt to remove the label with a hairdryer after using lighter fluid on the cover. Try the hairdryer method first and then use lighter fluid if you were not able to remove the entire label.
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