I have a collection of coal minig stickers that were my father's. They are all in good condition and I want to preserve them and keep them safe. I took them to a local chain store hobby shop to be put into a shadow box. The person helping me told me the stickers would be attached to the backing board with two sided tape. However, when I picked up the finished product, the employee who actually did the project peeled the backing off the stickers and applied them directly to the mounting surface and did a terrible job in the process! I am beside myself. The whole point was to save them in their original condition. Is there a safe way to remove them and restore them to their original state?
Tools: Get a heat gun (some auto parts stores will rent you one) A straight edge razor Non-stick paper (like the original backing of the sticker, craft stores will have)
Action: Put the heat gun on the lowest setting and hold at least 6"s from the sticker. Wave the heat gun in a side to side motion until you can feel that the sticker is very warm. Using the razor, gently try to slide the blade under the edges of the sticker, lifting them from the base. Repeat until you can get your thumb and pointer fingers firmly on the edges. Use your heat gun with one hand and start slowly lifting the sticker with the other. Hold the heat gun at a safe distance from your hand and keep waving left to right. Once sticker, is removed, place on non-stick paper.