Getting Out Of A Sticky Situation For An MOT.

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It might just be a mild annoyance to you, but a windshield, rear window or wing mirrors with stickers or the remnants thereof is going to get you into a sticky situation when you take your vehicle in to be MOT tested.

Stickers not only have the potential of impeding your vision, but they can also prevent windscreen wipers from doing their job correctly.

Adhesive Remover

This type of remover is great to have in your tool kit for a variety of reasons – your car’s mirrors and glass for one thing.

Halfords sell De-Solv-It Sticky Stuff Remover, which has positive reviews. It is a gel, which means it can be applied to vertical and inverted surfaces. It will remove sticky deposits from almost anything, but you should invest in this if you need to remove stickers or sticky residue that’s going to count against you when it comes to your MOT test.


Few homes are without this wonder-product, primarily used as a lubricant. Not only that it also tackles tar, bird poo and sap on a car’s exterior, but it is also great for removing stickers off glass and paintwork.

If you’re on a sticker-removal mission before your MOT test, don’t wait until the last minute if you are using WD40. It involves removing as much of the sticker as you can with a flat-bladed knife, being careful not to get too close to the glass. Spray the surface with WD30 and leave it for half an hour before wiping it off with a soft cloth.

Window Cleaner

This good-old-faithful domestic product is probably the safest way to remove stickers and sticky stuff from your windscreen. For MOT D-day window cleaner can be your multi-tasker, cleaning all of your car’s glass surface to a sparkle.

If the sticker isn’t too thick and looks like its hanging in there no matter what, then window cleaning is the way to go. Spray it on and leave it for a few minutes or until the sticker seems to crimp on the edges. Then scrape it off with a plastic scraper or even an old plastic card. It is the safest method to remove a sticker from the windshield. You might have to keep repeating the process a few times to remove all the sticky bits.

Baking Soda

If you are keen to do your bit for the environment but just as eager to pass your MOT test, then baking soda is an excellent choice in removing sticky stuff from your windshield. It has to be combined with half a cup of cooking oil though so that it can become quite messy.

Mix the solution, give the sticker a good dollop, rubbing it onto the surface and edges. Leave it until the sticker comes away with the help of a plastic scraper.


Icing the sticker is another effective way to remove it from the windshield. How this works is quite simple, when you place an ice pack on the sticker for around 5 to 6 minutes, it will freeze the adhesive, causing it to lose its grip on your window. When the adhesive is weakened you can just chip it off with a sharp razor blade or plastic bank or ID card.A bag of ice or an ice pack has also been known to do the job. If you can remove all offending stickers this way, you won’t be getting the cold shoulder on MOT test day.

This method, also environmentally friendly, requires a little patience though. You will have to place it on the sticker for around five minutes. It freezes the decal’s adhesive, weakening it and making it easy to remove.

When you’ve given all the crucial areas an all clear, it is safe to book your MOT immediately.


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