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Labels? They won't come off! NOW WHAT?!?

Discussion in 'Poker Chip Care' started by imthatguy, Feb 24, 2010.

  1. imthatguy

    imthatguy Lifetimer/Former Mod
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    So a long-ish time ago, I bought some labels through Hog Wild.

    They look great and fit their purpose. But.

    Now I'm peeling off the labels and they're leaving all their sticky residue behind! I figured goo-gone would be the best solution, but do any of you think I'm going to hurt the chips themselves? We're talking brand new minty Mark Twain 50¢ chips. I DON'T want to have the disaster evar.

    Suggestions pls.
     
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  2. tastic

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    I had to use a LOT of elbow grease to de-goo the residue left behind on my trops with hogwild's 2 mil vinyl. I soaked in warm soapy water and went to town with my fingernails. It was a lot of work but they all came clean.

    My labeled set had both smooth and textured paulson RHCs and by the time I was delabeling that set, the ones on the textured inlays were easy to get off cleanly but the smooth ones really did bond with the label glue.

    Hope you find an easier solution as my experience with just soapy water and gentle scraping sucked.

    GL!
     
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  3. tonypap

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    I've tried everything and found that the only way is to use your fingers and rub it off. Takes forever and after 400 chips I had two monster blisters. I did find that this solution worked best for soaking:

    1 part dish soap
    1 part goo gone
    10 parts water (I used warm water)

    soaked over night then rubbed the **** out of them with a washcloth and my fingers.
     
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  4. palmimports

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    LOL the FIRST thing everyone asks when ordering labels-inlays- whatever is...

    " these things wont come off will they ? "
     
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    Try using peanut butter. It works great on fine wood furniture. It shouldn't hurt the chip, unless you start eating them.:)
     
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  6. Couga

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    I have used straight goo gone before on casino paulsons. It drys them out but a little oil and they are good as new.

    - Couga
     
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    I've soaked in straight goo-gone also...overnight too....no damage at all, except that the chips will smell like the stuff for days!
     
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    Haven't had this problem before, but I would try rubbing with some mineral oil. It will keep the glue from re-sticking as you remove it. And it's good for your chips. :wink:
     
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  9. bbb_forever

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    Avoid the injection, get the compression.
    Yup, try Goo-Gone. It works well to remove sticky residue.

    I got mine at an Grand Auto auto-part store, but I'm guessing that Wal-mart, Target might carry it also.

    Test on one chip first, and then wait 1 day to see if there are any side-effects or discoloration. There shouldn't really be any.
     
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  10. JM

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    Q-tips and rubbing alcohol, goo gone or even nail polish remover should do it. I'd probably try it in that order.
     
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  11. tonypap

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    Absolutely make sure it's NON-acetone nail polish remover. Acetone will eat the inlay and ruin the chip.
     
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  12. links_slayer

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    would an electric toothbrush help with this? i've used one for cleaning chips (treasure $1s i think) and it worked like a charm. it might save your fingers on this one!
     
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    dont take hard chemicals. try to make them hot with a hairdryer. the glue is very dry and hard after some time. with heat the glue is going liquid and the inlay is easy to pull off.
     
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    I've tried that too. No good! If you heat up the chip too
    much it gets soft and warps. Goo gone MUCH safer.
     
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    i have do this and it works perfect... possible that our dryer is cooler than yours.



     
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    Goo-gone works terrific for getting label residue off your clay chips...and you might even find it in a dollar store like dollar tree sometimes.
     
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    If this is legit, then try mineral oil. Less tasty, but also less likely to cause anaphylactic reactions.
     
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  18. DaveGee

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    Just my .02

    I happen to be a big fan of the GG stuff... Got a bottle under the kitchen sink, in the shop and I think even 1 in the trunk of my car and for me anyway the stuff lasts forever if you use it to just remove stubborn labels that need motivation.

    And since a large number of people here report no concerns (other then odor that will dissipate) soaking chips in 100% goo-gone.

    SO what you might want to try is this.

    Do a 1/2 HOT water and 1/2 GG mix and soak 3 or 4 chips
    At the same time do a 100% GG mix and soak 3 or 4 chips

    Every few hours (not too often) check each batch and when a label comes off with little effort then mark the time. The reason for marking the time is so you know that when you do a full batch the stuff will need AT LEAST that long to soak and as I detail below... perhaps quit a bit longer.

    If they both work equally well then you MIGHT opt for a 50/50 mix so the smell of the GG might not linger as long (just a guess tho). Then bite the bullet and do the whole batch (or as many as you're comfortable with).

    Also, the time it takes for the GG to 'work' on 4 chips spread out in a bowl is not gonna be the same time it will take to do a bowl chock-full of poker chips since they'd likely be all on top of each other and possibly blocking the GG from fully soaking every label. Oh and to this end perhaps some gentle stirring of the chips every hour or so might be in order just to get possibly blocked chips into a position where they might get more GG treatment.

    So in shot, don't be too concerned if a 'full batch' is taking longer that the test batch. :cool:
     
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  19. War-Lord

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    Acetone from the hardware store (I think it's what nail-polish remover is made from) won't any and all of these chemical will prob start to seep under what is under these labels ? another inlay ? don't all of these risk affecting the original inlay in some way (you may find that in a month some labels are just rubbing off with little effort

    PS. Have you tried "a really good talking to" for your chips & labels ?
    And have your chips had any signs of "separation anxiety" ?

    carry on :razz:
     
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