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[*] posted on 19-10-2014 at 01:36 PM
How to peel off self-adhesive stamps?


Hello, I have a question about British & American stamps, some of them seem impossible to unglue... are they? Or you have got an efficient trick to do it? Thanks in advance!!
(Oh, I mean stamps on an envelope, I don't ruin my cards!!).
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[*] posted on 19-10-2014 at 01:41 PM


the same problem is with most finnish stamps these days :( they´re just crappy stickers :thumbdown: it´s best keep them on paper :umm:
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[*] posted on 19-10-2014 at 03:34 PM


You have to use a product called Bestine
http://stamps.org/userfiles/file/HowTos/Removing%20Self-Adhesives.p...

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[*] posted on 2-11-2014 at 10:02 PM


Great link, Federica! I'll look for "Bestine" (may it exist in Spain?) and d-limonene (it would be easier to identify). Cross fingers... thank you!
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[*] posted on 23-11-2014 at 08:58 PM


For my Canadian "glue" stamps, I just leave them soaking in water extra long. One has to pull the gum off manually sometimes, but if you have no special solution, try just leaving it in water longer. This has never ruined the stamp for me, but try on your least favorite first!
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[*] posted on 23-11-2014 at 09:04 PM


You can also try with steam. I boiled some water in a kettle and used the steam to remove some self-adhesive stamps from envelopes. It worked fine with Italian and French stamps but it was a bit harder with a German one. Unfortunately it didn't work with machin stamps from the UK and American stamps.
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[*] posted on 27-11-2014 at 12:49 AM


Pure citrus oil is supposed to work. Apply to the paper side and let it soak through. They claimed you could also apply a very light coating to the adhesive still attached to the stamp then scrape with a credit card and it will remove the adhesive completely. I have yet to try it myself so try it out on some common stamp or perhaps a priority sticker first.
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[*] posted on 2-12-2014 at 05:52 AM


Soak in lighter fluid for up to 5 min
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[*] posted on 2-12-2014 at 08:28 AM


"Bestine" is probably similar to lighter fuel. Basically, any hydrocarbon-based solvents can soften the glue on self-adhesive stamps. This includes turpentine, gasoline/petrol, limonene, ... It is well known that these are easily flammable, and some may contain ingredients that are bad for your health, so exercise the necessary caution.

Once the glue is softened and the stamp pulled off the paper or card, it may be necessary to scrape or wipe the excess glue off.
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[*] posted on 8-12-2014 at 12:44 PM


You might want to check out this article from APS:

http://stamps.org/userfiles/file/HowTos/Removing%20Self-Adhesives.p...

I have tried the air freshener & talcum method on US stamps and it works really well. (Bought six cans of air freshener on my recent trip to the US :-)), but I suppose I could just look for the critical ingredient in a local product in a local shop.

The air freshener is supposed to work on British stamps, too, it says in the article. I have not tried it. But having it seen work on the US ones, I would be confident to try it.

On all German self-adhesive stamps except for the very first definitive ones in the 1990s warm water works perfect.
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[*] posted on 17-12-2014 at 02:24 PM


I used nail polish remover successfully on self-adhesive stamps from Ireland and Italy, but the British and American ones disintegrated. I will have to try the air freshener method!
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[*] posted on 17-12-2014 at 06:24 PM


I tried to use dry shampoo (it contains lemonene) to unstick British and American stamps and it worked but the stamps smell like the dry shampoo now :( Can anyone write the ingredients of the air freshener? In this way I can look for something similar in the UK..
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[*] posted on 24-12-2014 at 04:14 AM


Quote: Originally posted by Coin Hunter  
For my Canadian "glue" stamps, I just leave them soaking in water extra long. One has to pull the gum off manually sometimes, but if you have no special solution, try just leaving it in water longer. This has never ruined the stamp for me, but try on your least favorite first!


That's the method I use for Australian self-adhesive stamps. Sometimes a little gentle rubbing and pulling is needed to remove the last of the rubber-like adhesive.
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[*] posted on 3-1-2015 at 06:23 PM


Bestene works great on American and British stamps. Then use some baby powder on the sticky edge.

Best way to find it is in arts stores.
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[*] posted on 19-9-2015 at 12:15 PM


Canadian adhesive stamps can be soaked off with water easily. Australian adhesives can be soaked off with water too, but need longer time. :) USA stamps work with Bestine. Anyone tried Thinner or Thinner for artist oil paint?
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[*] posted on 24-9-2015 at 04:11 PM


Someone suggested WD40 - pen version.
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puzzled.gif posted on 28-4-2016 at 07:00 PM
Help needed with peeling off self-adhesive stamps


Hello!
I need help with newer american stamps (self-adhesive). The problem: I cannot get them off postcards without destroying the postcard and/or the stamp. There's always paper left under the stamp. The glue is so strong. I tried soap, hot water, rubbing, praying...
Any help is welcome.

Thank you so much in advance!
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[*] posted on 29-4-2016 at 02:11 AM


Self-adhesive stamps can be removed but you need to soak them for a long time. And be sure to pull them off VERY carefully! It's easy to rip the paper if you are not careful. You will find that you can roll off the gummy substance on the back with your fingertip.
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[*] posted on 29-4-2016 at 02:58 PM


Thank you. That's what I've tried. But maybe you mean something else by "a long time". I soaked them for about 30 minutes and still I couldn't get them off without damage. And when I try to roll off the paper/gum on the back, I always damage the stamp. It's so annoying. Maybe I am just too clumsy for the job...
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[*] posted on 29-4-2016 at 03:15 PM


Remember the adhesive is not water-soluble. You need some kind of chemical to dissolve. I have seen this discussed elsewhere on the forum.
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[*] posted on 29-4-2016 at 04:53 PM


Use a hair dryer as a stamp is like a sticker so you should be able to peal it of after apply heat to it.
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[*] posted on 29-4-2016 at 05:51 PM


Thanks a lot guys. Next time i get a postcard from the US I'll try the hair dryer and if that doesn't work some chemistry. Maybe turpentine substitutes?
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[*] posted on 29-4-2016 at 08:48 PM


You might want to watch this Youtube video by a member from Royal Philatelic Society of Canada.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=foOwrqxQ070
He shows how to do it with Bestine and talcum powder.
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[*] posted on 1-5-2016 at 11:07 AM


I use "sticker-remover" I put them in for a very short time. Peel them off gentle and let them dry. Then I put baby-powder on the back when they are still sticky
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[*] posted on 1-5-2016 at 06:55 PM


Use wd40 and powder for the glue. You can find some videos on YouTube :)
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