How to remove airlines/security tag stickers from suitcases?
I travel a lot, for both business and pleasure reasons. One of the annoying things I face (beside full passport pages) is the many tags stuck to my suitcase which I like to take in almost all my trips. I recently had to give up my favorite 12 years old Samsonite hard-shell suitcase because it was too ugly and I could not remove the tags easily.
This is a photo of one of my other suitcases which is not really old and does not have many stickers:
I know that the best way to get rid of those is to remove them while they are fresh (eg. right after arrival) when the glue still not really dry, but I just keep forgetting and by the time I notice that tags are really stuck and won't be removed.
How do I remove old tag stickers from hard-shell suitcases completely?
Wrapping the suitcase in plastic would make this job easier - simply remove the plastic and off come the stickers.
Print out, on an A4 paper, "stick it here" (that's what she...). attach this paper with some scotch-tape to your luggage next time. Honestly, it worked on my leather traveler's bag
Note that by now there are a lot of suggestions (answers), but whether these work (well) will depend on the type of glue used on the stickers. And since there thousands of different adhesives, it will remain a case of trial and error. Make sure to try a little of the solvent on the bottom of the case first, to check if it does not damage the suitcase material.
One thing I use and are available easily is, ahem, Alcohol. A few drops and rubbing tight can clean the stickers very easily
There are many alternatives too. WD-40, anything with acetone, Goo Gone, etc.
I'd be cautious about using acetone; it can melt some plastics...
In my experience, gasoline works much better than alcohol in removing adhesive.
@FedericoPoloni You should expound and post this as an answer. Even in my experience petrol is the best way to get rid of adhesives.
A lot of things can attack plastics. The suitcase is probably ABS, for what it's worth. But _any_ adhesive remover should be tested on a non-important spot.
I'd be cautious about WD-40 - it contains some amounts of oil and oil can be very bad for plastics.
@pnuts: Sure, they also say it is suitable for lubrication which it is not http://diy.stackexchange.com/a/6229/807 Marketing claims, you know.
@pnuts: Containing some amounts of oil does not necessarily make something suitable for lubrication. Other components matter too.