Author Topic: Maybe a silly question...  (Read 3703 times)

Wanterkeelt

  • Full Member
  • ***
  • Posts: 120
  • Do you know this man ?
    • View Profile
Maybe a silly question...
« on: January 26, 2011, 10:12:05 AM »
Is it just me or do a lot of US and Canada-based labels put stickers on the CD jewel cases, containing the artist name and album name as well as a barcode... That alone wouldn't be a problem, but it's impossible to remove them without leaving lots of glue on the jewel case ? I usually use a hair-drier to heat it and then remove it. On Monday I received 5 Kranky records, so it took me at least 15 minutes... argh. Fortunately they don't do that with Digipaks.
Strangely I've never found them on European labels.

Hypnos luckily is an exception.  8)

mgriffin

  • Hypnos Founder
  • Administrator
  • Hero Member
  • *****
  • Posts: 6997
  • Life is a memory, and then it is nothing.
    • View Profile
    • www.hypnos.com
Re: Maybe a silly question...
« Reply #1 on: January 26, 2011, 10:16:53 AM »
I hate hate HATE buying a new CD, DVD or book with a sticker affixed directly to the product itself. Outside of shrinkwrap or overwrap is fine.
[ Mike Griffin, Hypnos Recordings ] email mg (at) hypnos.com | http://hypnos.com | http://twitter.com/mgsoundvisions

Wanterkeelt

  • Full Member
  • ***
  • Posts: 120
  • Do you know this man ?
    • View Profile
Re: Maybe a silly question...
« Reply #2 on: January 26, 2011, 10:19:55 AM »
I hate hate HATE buying a new CD, DVD or book with a sticker affixed directly to the product itself. Outside of shrinkwrap or overwrap is fine.

Normally these "stickers" are directly on the jewel case. If it's sealed, it's inside the seal. On the Digipaks it's outside. Such a waste of oil :)
« Last Edit: January 27, 2011, 04:10:00 AM by Wanterkeelt »

jkn

  • Global Moderator
  • Hero Member
  • *****
  • Posts: 2743
  • cake or death? cake please.
    • View Profile
    • Relaxed Machinery
Re: Maybe a silly question...
« Reply #3 on: January 26, 2011, 10:38:48 AM »
Count me as agreed - I hate stickers on cd's, dvd's, or books.   Yeah - hair dryer is about the only good method and even then you may have goo left over - or it can rip off what's underneath if it's on anything other than plastic.

Frustrating!

John Koch-Northrup .: jkn [AT] johei.com .: owner / artist .: http://relaxedmachinery.com .: http://twitter.com/jkn .: http://flickr.com/johei

Numina

  • Sr. Member
  • ****
  • Posts: 455
    • View Profile
Re: Maybe a silly question...
« Reply #4 on: January 26, 2011, 10:42:47 AM »
What's even worse is when you buy a used album or digipak CD and there's a sticker on the PAPER portion of the album/CD.  Drives me insane!

ffcal

  • Hero Member
  • *****
  • Posts: 881
    • View Profile
Re: Maybe a silly question...
« Reply #5 on: January 26, 2011, 01:29:24 PM »
One almost foolproof method I use for removing unwanted stickers and goo is cigarette lighter fluid.  A record store employee told me about it way back in college days (to remove promo stickers from album covers), and it still works.

Forrest

Numina

  • Sr. Member
  • ****
  • Posts: 455
    • View Profile
Re: Maybe a silly question...
« Reply #6 on: January 26, 2011, 01:35:00 PM »
Forrest - you can use that directly on the cover artwork / paper of an album sleeve?

jkn

  • Global Moderator
  • Hero Member
  • *****
  • Posts: 2743
  • cake or death? cake please.
    • View Profile
    • Relaxed Machinery
Re: Maybe a silly question...
« Reply #7 on: January 26, 2011, 01:43:26 PM »
...and of course if the album turns out to be a dud... you can just light a match.  ;-)
John Koch-Northrup .: jkn [AT] johei.com .: owner / artist .: http://relaxedmachinery.com .: http://twitter.com/jkn .: http://flickr.com/johei

ffcal

  • Hero Member
  • *****
  • Posts: 881
    • View Profile
Re: Maybe a silly question...
« Reply #8 on: January 26, 2011, 01:46:22 PM »
Forrest - you can use that directly on the cover artwork / paper of an album sleeve?

Hi Jesse,

It works better on hard surfaces (plastic) or the thick cardboard of LP outer sleeves.  I've found it to be far more tricky and less successful on thin CD booklets and inner sleeves.  It seems to work well on digipaks, but you have to be careful not to scrape the cardboard with your nail in removing the sticker.

Forrest

Numina

  • Sr. Member
  • ****
  • Posts: 455
    • View Profile
Re: Maybe a silly question...
« Reply #9 on: January 26, 2011, 02:18:18 PM »
nice one JKN.

Speaking of records, I've picked up a few via eBay and WOW, what a bunch of disappointing experiences.  People are not disclosing the condition very accurately at all. Not to mention the standard eBay photo resolution doesn't capture a darn thing. I've had to send one album back... still waiting for refund.  Beware.

sraymar

  • Full Member
  • ***
  • Posts: 175
    • View Profile
    • Steve Raymar
Re: Maybe a silly question...
« Reply #10 on: January 26, 2011, 07:06:33 PM »
Oh like wow man, just logged in with one of those darker themes, pretty cool.  8)

The library here in Fullerton used to actually apply a due date sticker  to their books when I checked them out! So many books defaced(CDs too) with layers of them. One day I mentioned how discusting I thought the practice was and about a year later when they did a remodel of the building they dumped the stickers and started giving out printed due slips.

I really hate plastic jewel cases! I have a few CDs that are the cardboard  foldout type with a plastic base for the CD which I like a lot better. I have a Grateful Dead double CD I bought from Starbucks that only has a little small plastic circle on each sleeve for the CDs to affix to. The booklet is attached to the spine of the carboard foldout. The most eco-friendly one I've seen yet, cardboard and plastic probably made from hemp no doubt!




Ambient isn't just for technicians!

The artist isn't a special kind of man, but every man is a special kind of artist.

Don't be afraid to grow, give yourself a chance.

Scott M2

  • Hero Member
  • *****
  • Posts: 636
    • View Profile
    • dreamSTATE
Re: Maybe a silly question...
« Reply #11 on: January 26, 2011, 07:14:42 PM »
Try GooGone. We find it pretty good for removing the the sticky residues.

richardgurtler

  • Sr. Member
  • ****
  • Posts: 486
    • View Profile
    • My Discogs profile and shop
Re: Maybe a silly question...
« Reply #12 on: January 27, 2011, 05:19:43 AM »
Very good for removing glue remains of stickers on jewel cases is also gray duct tape. Just apply it with more pressure for several times on the same place where is the glue until all glue residues will be sticked to the tape and jewel case will be clean. But of course I use it only on jewel cases, I don't use it on digipaks as it might remove part of the artwork/print.

Richard

LNerell

  • Hero Member
  • *****
  • Posts: 692
    • View Profile
    • Personal website
Re: Maybe a silly question...
« Reply #13 on: January 27, 2011, 10:14:55 AM »
Another weird way to remove sticker goo is peanut butter oil. It actually works pretty well.
Take care.

- Loren Nerell

mgriffin

  • Hypnos Founder
  • Administrator
  • Hero Member
  • *****
  • Posts: 6997
  • Life is a memory, and then it is nothing.
    • View Profile
    • www.hypnos.com
Re: Maybe a silly question...
« Reply #14 on: January 27, 2011, 10:21:57 AM »
People are naming lots of ways to remove sticker goo from hard plastic, which is useful of course, but this topic was about stickers on paper. Stickers on paper just plain suck because you can't use a lot of solvents, oils, lighter fluid, nail polish remover, liquified uranium, or other goop.
[ Mike Griffin, Hypnos Recordings ] email mg (at) hypnos.com | http://hypnos.com | http://twitter.com/mgsoundvisions

Wanterkeelt

  • Full Member
  • ***
  • Posts: 120
  • Do you know this man ?
    • View Profile
Re: Maybe a silly question...
« Reply #15 on: January 27, 2011, 12:12:24 PM »
People are naming lots of ways to remove sticker goo from hard plastic, which is useful of course, but this topic was about stickers on paper. Stickers on paper just plain suck because you can't use a lot of solvents, oils, lighter fluid, nail polish remover, liquified uranium, or other goop.


in fact my topic was about what I just found out they call "sticker strip seal". I found that name here : http://metalodyssey.wordpress.com/2010/07/31/
So far I've only found them on jewel cases, luckily never on paper digipaks or anything like that.

For the rest I can agree with everything said here
« Last Edit: January 27, 2011, 12:14:13 PM by Wanterkeelt »

jkn

  • Global Moderator
  • Hero Member
  • *****
  • Posts: 2743
  • cake or death? cake please.
    • View Profile
    • Relaxed Machinery
Re: Maybe a silly question...
« Reply #16 on: January 27, 2011, 12:39:58 PM »
John Koch-Northrup .: jkn [AT] johei.com .: owner / artist .: http://relaxedmachinery.com .: http://twitter.com/jkn .: http://flickr.com/johei

El culto

  • Sr. Member
  • ****
  • Posts: 384
    • View Profile
Re: Maybe a silly question...
« Reply #17 on: January 27, 2011, 06:52:27 PM »
People are naming lots of ways to remove sticker goo from hard plastic, which is useful of course, but this topic was about stickers on paper.

??  ???

Anyway, since i have a lot of vinyl i use in this case just a lighter...warm it up for a while and put the sticker away. In most cases this worrks well, in some cases there is a "stamp" of the sticker left.

mgriffin

  • Hypnos Founder
  • Administrator
  • Hero Member
  • *****
  • Posts: 6997
  • Life is a memory, and then it is nothing.
    • View Profile
    • www.hypnos.com
Re: Maybe a silly question...
« Reply #18 on: January 28, 2011, 09:09:15 AM »
You're right, I mis-remembered the first post. It's not just about stickers on paper, but on digipak paper OR directly on the jewel case.
[ Mike Griffin, Hypnos Recordings ] email mg (at) hypnos.com | http://hypnos.com | http://twitter.com/mgsoundvisions

cromag

  • Full Member
  • ***
  • Posts: 172
  • Just slightly off-topic
    • View Profile
Re: Maybe a silly question...
« Reply #19 on: January 28, 2011, 11:12:39 PM »
I think the sticker strip is intended to be a theft deterrent.  I generally cut it down the (unglued) middle, then carefully peel off the half-strips on the front and back pieces.  It's a bother.
Science News, Vol. 175, No. 9, April 25, 2009, page 1 -- "New mapping of the human genome shows none of us are normal."