November 4, 2004
The polls are closed. The numbers are in. And right about now, 48 percent of us are rethinking that bumper sticker.
It’s time to shed our partisan bristles and pass an olive branch over a pristine fender. But bumper sticker removal has long been a tedious scrape-it-off-in-bits chore. Is there any way to expedite the process so melancholy voters won’t have to wield sharp objects so soon after a close election?
"Bumper stickers can be really tough to remove," said Terri Ouellette, Tribune crafts expert and host of the TV show "On the Go With Terri O." "But there’s wonderful product called ‘Un-Do’ — it’s a liquid you can get at Home Depot or Walgreens. It lets you peel the bumper sticker right off. It’s amazing."
Instead of scraping at the bumper, Ouellette recommends scoring the sticker "like when you remove wallpaper. Cut little lines through it with a razor, so the solution can penetrate underneath to the adhesive. Un-Do has a scraper attachment that allows you to spray and scrape at the same time."
Careful scraping will even allow removing the sticker intact. "And once the solution dries, you can even put the sticker somewhere else." So if Florida or Ohio turns out bogus again, we can jump back on the bandwagon?
". . . If you want," she said.
Now, what about all those roadside signs?
"Can’t help you there," Ouellette said. "Maybe a bonfire."