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How to remove stickers from wood

Removing the manufacturer’s stickers from your artist wood panels can be such a pain. But there is an easy solution!

I’ve tried a few different methods, and this is by far the simplest, cleanest and fastest method to remove stickers from the back of your wood panels.

You will need:

  1. Hairdryer
  2. Tweezers (or long fingernails)
  3. A wooden panel with a giant pesky sticker

The steps are:

  1. Use the hairdryer on a low or medium heat setting
  2. Aim for the sticker and heat it for approximately 10 seconds
  3. Then focus on one corner for another 5-10 seconds
  4. Lift the corner using your tweezers or fingernails
  5. Aim the hairdryer underneath the sticker and slowly peel it off


I’ve also made a (very awkwardly filmed) video demonstration for you. See below



  • If the sticker starts to tear, stop pulling and continue to heat it with the hairdryer for a few more seconds. Then start peeling it off again.
  • I haven’t had any issues with remaining residue – but you can use rubbing alcohol or just some sort of oil (e.g. vegetable oil) & a kitchen scourer

Side Note:

These pro-panels are from Gordon Harris and have a pre-cut keyhole for easy hanging.  You should always seal your wood panels before priming & painting, to stop the wood from warping and prevent Support Induced Discolouration (SID).  GAC100 is a great sealer option and was recommended to me by the experienced staff at Gordon Harris. Check out the Golden Paints website for more information on “Preparing a Painting Support.”

GAC100 is a great multipurpose product and is, in my opinion, worth your money. Not only is this a sealer but it is an excellent acrylic extender (or retarder). See how to apply Golden’s GAC100 here.

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