Removing sticker residue from bare wood ?

I recently purchased some wooden wine boxes. Each of them has a huge shipping sticker on one end. (4" x 6", told you it was huge). After removing the sticker, it left sticky residue on the wood. Since the wood has not been finished, I don't know what to use to remove the sticky residue. I'm going to want to stain them eventually but can't until I get this gunk off. Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated.

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  • Amanda Amanda on Sep 21, 2017
    Try using alcohol. Then lightly sand it off.
  • 62q10370829 62q10370829 on Sep 21, 2017
    But goo off on spot & leg set & use a scraper to scrap off glue & then wash the area with hot water & soap. Let dry then sand. Good luck.
  • Fiddledd224 Fiddledd224 on Sep 21, 2017
    Try baby oil or vegetable oil. If that doesn't work, use Goo Gone or Vaseline. If that doesn't work, use a blow dryer on the lowest setting and see if that loosens the glue, followed by the oil.
  • Mary Mary on Sep 21, 2017
    goo off

  • Julia Wolfe Julia Wolfe on Sep 21, 2017
    WD40 or googone
  • Jay Paden Jay Paden on Sep 21, 2017
    goo-gone for lables
  • Jay Paden Jay Paden on Sep 21, 2017
    googone for labels
  • V Smith V Smith on Sep 21, 2017
    First I would try alcohol instead of an oil based solvent because there is less chance of staining the wood. If that does't work then you can go to the Goo Gone.
  • Angela Angela on Sep 21, 2017
    Gel hand sanitizer. It's alcohol-based but because it's think it will sit on the sticky area without running and penetrate the adhesive. It also won't leave a greasy residue like some other options .
  • Lisa Ravia Lisa Ravia on Nov 10, 2020

    The gel hand sanitizer was the total winner! We tore down some extremely old paneling that had the crazy green paper glued on with an extremely horrible substance. But what he went couldn't just peel off scrapped off like dream after it set for a mij

  • Johnavallance82 Johnavallance82 on Jan 15, 2021


    Try using Surgical Spirit to remove it!

  • Agnes Chrzanowska Agnes Chrzanowska on Jan 31, 2021

    Goo gone works very well

  • Patti Patti on Jan 31, 2021

    WD 40 has worked wonders on every sticky thing I have encountered. Even removed labels off off wine bottles (65 of them). With the crate, I would spray it on and use paint scraper ( the one with the straight razor). If the wood is textured, use a hard tooth brush

  • Deb K Deb K on Feb 06, 2021

    Hi /Bren, hope this link helps you out,

  • Peanut butter works great.

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