This problem is on a wall in my bedroom. I used to have a A3 paper sized photo stickers on my wall. After a year or so I tried to remove the sticker from the wall and it left lots of sticker paper remains and adhesive residue on the wall. I tried to scrape it off with a scraper but it didn't work.

I went to a hardware store and told the guy working there of the problem I have and he told me to buy a sheet of sandpaper and a bottle of thinner. As per his advice he told me that I had to apply the thinner on the wall and scrape it off with the sandpaper. Though it didn't seem logical to me, since he was much older than me, I thought maybe he's got experience with this and there's no harm in trying this out so I bought the thinner and sandpaper from his store. On coming home I tried doing as he said but it ended up looking much worse. (See image)

I got busy with work and it i did not get back to addressing the problem.

Today I found this community on stack exchange and I was thinking, surely the people here would have much more experience than me so I thought I'd ask here.

Is there any product or method to remove the paper mess and adhesive residue from the wall without damaging the paint?

Edit from orginal-poster: I read in the comments that someone was mentioning a product called GooGone. But we dont have that in India. If you could give me a kind of name/product to ask at the hardware store it would be helpful. Thanks.

Sticker paper residue on white wall

  • There are a few different brands of orange cleaner (sorry mental blank on name and guess it might not be the same where you are) - I use them to remove baked on sticky labels (the ones that get used for addressing letters) from metal surfaces and other hard surfaces ... Alternatively have you tried sugarsoap? – Mr R Mar 17 at 20:08
  • I'm from India. No. I've not tried sugarsoap. What is it. And let me google orange cleaner too and get back to you. I think if there is some sort of cleaner that removes sticker paper residue of walls that would be best. Do give me your suggestions. I'm totally new to this. – Vishnu Ajit Mar 17 at 20:13
  • Alternatively perhaps a wallpaper steamer? – Mr R Mar 17 at 20:27
  • Goo gone works well but I don’t think I have ever gotten all the residue off painted walls with even the contractors strength citrus cleaner. – Ed Beal Mar 18 at 1:03
  • GooGone is certainly worth a try. – Hot Licks Mar 18 at 1:29

Try apply heat to the glue with a heat gun, or hair dryer. If it is on drywall, don't over heat, just scratch the softened sticky material, and clean with gentle wipe with damped clothe.

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