Post by fibbef on Nov 22, 2014 20:35:19 GMT -6
Unless you buy all of your games brand new from a department or entertainment store, chances are you've bought a game with a "used game" sticker slapped on it. Take, for example, this copy of Xenosaga Episode I.
Depending on the quality of the adhesive on the sticker or how long it's been stuck to the game, these things can be a nuisance to remove. This guide demonstrates the "fibbef method" for removing these stickers so that when you're done, you won't even be able to tell there was a sticker in the first place.
This removal method uses only 3 materials - and all items you probably already have in your own home! What you will need are:
1) A bottle of window cleaner
2) A roll of duct tape - the stickier the better. Medium stickiness or strength is great, but you may experience poor results with very cheap duct tape.
3) Disposable cloth. I use toilet paper (tissue) because I only need small portions at a time. If you only have thin bathroom tissue that shreds easily, you may want to use paper towels instead.
Before you start with the sticker removal, separate all game material from the case. This includes the disk, manual, and outer sleeve with artwork. Lay these aside until later.
Start the removal process by tearing off portions of the sticker with your fingers. It's alright if the sticker tears quickly and most of it stays on the box. What we're aiming for is to rough up the sticker a bit so that it'll soak up the window cleaner.
Spray or pour some window cleaner onto what's left of the sticker. You want enough to completely soak the sticker.
Wait a few seconds while the cleaner is absorbed into the paper. Tear one or two squares off your roll of tissue paper and wad it up. In the time it takes you to do this, the sticker paper should be sufficiently soaked. Begin wiping the cleaner off the box with your tissue or paper towel. The objective here is two-fold: wipe away all of the paper portion of the sticker and absorb as much of the cleaning fluid as possible.
EDIT: I've discovered a much simpler method of removing the rest of the paper. Moisten your index finger by running it under the faucet just for second or by dipping it in a glass of water. While your finger is still wet, start to rub at the paper. The moisture and the friction should easily remove the paper, leaving just the adhesive behind.
What you should be left with is the adhesive layer of the sticker. If any of the paper remains after wiping away the cleaner, repeat the previous step until the paper is removed.
While dousing the sticker in window cleaner, lots of the liquid would have seeped into various parts of the case. This amount of fluid can warp and damage paper products, which is why I had you remove everything from the case beforehand. Before moving on, dry out as much of the case as you can with more dry pieces of tissue.
The next step involves the duct tape. Tear off a piece that's about as long as your index finger. Specific length isn't crucial, we just need a little bit to work with.
Roll the tape into a tube, with the sticky side facing out.
Begin pressing the tape onto the remaining layer of adhesive on the box. Press firmly so that the duct tape can get a good grip on the leftover adhesive. Then quickly rip the duct tape off of the case. Doing this should pull up a small amount of adhesive with it. I find that pressing down with my thumb, then lifting the loose end of the tape with my index finger works effectively.
You will probably have to press-and-rip the duct tape a few dozen times before all of the adhesive is removed. If necessary, switch to a clean piece of tape. When all the adhesive is removed from the case, it will leave a mess on your piece of duct tape.
Once your case is cleaned, return the game disk, manual, and sleeve insert to their proper homes.
WARNING: This method should not be used on cardboard game boxes. The window cleaner will warp the cardboard and the duct tape will tear off the box art. The best solution I have found for getting stickers off of cardboard is by very slowly and carefully peeling off the sticker with my fingernails. This, however, is not perfect as the sale stickers may still tear off portions of the printed box art.