DIY Removing Stickers from DVD Cases

I love movies! I am building up my collection with movies I enjoy or think I would enjoy, including both old and new ones. As a result, a lot of the movies I buy are secondhand. One place that I get movies from puts stickers on the cases that are on the top left corner and fold over onto the spine.

I finally decided that I had had enough, and I wanted to remove them. It took most of my weekend (and cost me a few fingernails), but I finally got all the stickers removed. So today, I want to share with you my process so you can remove stickers too! (FYI, I did this on DVDs, but this is also applicable for any plastic case like games as well.)

Materials:

  • Hair Dryer
  • Cup of water
  • Flat scraping tool (I used a couple flathead screwdrivers, but I watched a video and the guy used a plaque scraper)
  • Goo Gone (or some comparable brand)
  • Paper towels

Process:

  1. Using the hair dryer, warm up the sticker for about 10 seconds. I used the “Warm” and “Low” settings. I found that worked the best. The video I watched suggested like 45 seconds, but that was too long. It worked better with just 10 or 15 seconds.
  2. Attempt to peel it off. Sometimes, that would be all I have to do and it comes off cleanly.
  3. If it doesn’t peel off, don’t panic. Take out all the contents of the case (including the paper inside the sleeve). I also took out the DVD just to be safe.
  4. Then, dip your fingers into the cup of water and thoroughly soak the sticker residue. Let it set up for a few minutes, and use the flathead screwdriver or other flat tool to remove the paper residue.
  5. It will probably still be sticky, so take the Goo Gone and apply it to the area (mine was a spray). Let that rest for a few minutes and allow it to set up.
  6. Wipe off the Goo gone with paper towels. Make sure you get the inside of the plastic sleeve as well. Otherwise, it will affect the paper sleeve. Goo Gone and other products are not meant for paper.
  7. Repeat with any other movies you have!

Other Pointers:

  • If you have paper or cardboard cases, be very careful with them. I would not recommend using the Goo Gone on things like that. And also, be careful with water. It could compromise the integrity. I had that happen with a couple of my cases.
  • Watch how you’re scraping. I made some marks on my cases.
  • I actually threw some of the cardboard external cases away. I didn’t want to make the effort if it wasn’t going to work. Besides, the ones I threw away were part of a series where I didn’t have the fancy cases for all the parts of the series. I wanted them to look uniform.
  • Give yourself time to do this. It will take longer than expected.
  • Go slow when peeling stickers off. Sometimes, I would start to lose all the layers of the sticker, but I could rescue it by going from a different corner. Don’t just try to rip it off.

I hope this process helps you! I love the way my movie collection looks now that it is all sticker free!!!

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