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Old 09-26-2007, 03:33 AM   #1
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I am having a tough time removing the glue that holds the labels on the yeast vials. I soaked some all day in PBW and the paper comes off but the sticky glue won't budge. Andbody have an tip on how to get this off? I guess a solvent of some sort would work.

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Old 09-26-2007, 04:19 AM   #2
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I am having a tough time removing the glue that holds the labels on the yeast vials. I soaked some all day in PBW and the paper comes off but the sticky glue won't budge. Andbody have an tip on how to get this off? I guess a solvent of some sort would work.
Yeah, use a product called De-Sole-it. It comes ina spray bottle, and does a great job, smells good too. I think it must have Orange oil in it or something like it......
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I have used 90% isopropyl alcohol and contact cleaner spray to remove label glue.

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Goo-Gone is another orange citrus glue remover that works well. (walmart, Lowes, etc...)

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Some label glues will come off if you rub some mayo on them, let it set for a bit and then wipe it off. I guess the oils from the mayo soak into the glue.
Works on some glues, doesn't work on others.

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paint thinner/lacquer thinner...hopefully it won't mess up the plastic vials...

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Is there a good way to get the labels off in one piece so they can be mailed in for WL customer club stuff? I don't particularly care about the actual vials, I have a bag of new unused ones at home.

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They sure don't look easy to get off in one piece

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Is there a good way to get the labels off in one piece so they can be mailed in for WL customer club stuff? I don't particularly care about the actual vials, I have a bag of new unused ones at home.
I'd try an Oxyclean soak. It'll take a lot of beer labels off in one piece, although the labels on those vials are on there pretty good. I wouldn't get my hopes up, but it's worth a shot.
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There are paper labels put on with glue, which can be removed with your everyday isoprops and citrus goo removers.........and then there are White Labs labels (another matter entirely). I've tried alcohol and several citrus based goo removers. I've even soaked them in PBW for days. I'm convinced there is nothing to easily remove those labels. I managed to get a few good ones, but the effort involved (soaking, scraping, chemicals, etc) certainly isn't worth my time. I'll just collect them to send back for goodies.

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