Try a hair dryer with the record out of the jacket of course. See if that loosens the glue.
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There's a product called "Goo Gone," which I've bought at Bed, Bath, & Beyond, that I've used for this purpose and works well. I think it's similar to "Goof Off," which works, but is much stronger and really smells awful. I'd try the "Goo Gone" or a similar product, specifically designed as a label remover.
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Your body has the secret product to get any sticky sticker stuff off.
Nose grease. not inside, OUTSIDE of your nose, grease.
Take your finger, rub a little nose grease off nose onto finger, rub sticky goo. Then use a paper towel. Notice the nose grease dissolves the goo. It may take a few daubs and rubbing, but it is free, and does the job in a pinch.
I still have a greasy face at 60+ years old. i do not remember who told me this,, some old bofriend in the mists of prehistory. i actually do it, as yucky as that sounds, because it works. (better to use the 'hair of the dog' method below, but for old sticky stuff, nose grease does the trick)
Another method is "hair of the dog" sticker sticky removal: the sticker still has some sticky left on it and the other part is on the product. USE that sticker's remaining sticky part and tap it against the sticky spot on the product. The sticky crap on the product will adhere to the goo on the sticker, and with perisitence, all the goo will transfer off the product onto the sticker.
Very useful for those crappy CD sealant stickers on the top of CD cases. Most used LP stickers too.
I TOLD you all I am cheap as can be...
This was a fun post to write. 8^)
I second nose oil. _Oil_. This is the socially approved name for it, used by photographers back when they were developing prints from film negatives. A swipe of it could fix up a tiny scratch on a negative, well enough so it could be used (in an enlarger) to make a decent print,
Nose oil is indeed a good label glue remover. An oil-based solvent of some kind is what's generally required and NO is free. If you have a dry nose, though, and your sense of smell is offended by WD40, lighter fluid or Varsol, you can get odorless solvent at an artist's supply store.
Jyprez, maybe I didn't make it clear in my original post. These are the stickers / price tags that the thrift shop puts on the records, not stickers that originally came on the record jacket. The thrift shop sticker is extremely sticky and is about 1.5 inch x 2 inch and they are put on the front cover are very hard to peel off.
"Thrift store" meaning Goodwill? Goodwill stickers are the original 'stickers from Hell'. I used to go to Goodwill, but just never bother to anymore. The Goodwill stickers are indeed the most remove proof i have ever encountered.
For those, free tricks do not work.
"Goo Gone" commercial product is your friend for Goodwill stickers.
(And thank the folks who chimed in on 'nose oil' and it's uses...)
As long as we are on cleaning off LP covers... I use Meguairs Scratch X on a bit of VIVA paper towel to clean off the cardboard covers. The product removes the dirt really well. I use a very small daub and first rub it into the Viva with my finger, THEN rub the cover lightly all oover, movingto a different spot on the Viva as soon as it gets a bit dirty. I can remove most of the ringwear that is just dirt this way.
Works the very best on glossy covers, which it can even restore scratched in ring wear marks to some extent. For waxed covers still works, but may start taking the print off. (Usually a modicum of ink will come off with the first swipes, but that is just loose stuff, and the cover will look way better and the cover's color will 'pop' more after cleaning. But too much and the color WILL be removed, so it is a two edged sword.
Do NOT use that for soft porous paper. I use packing tape for those BUT that is very dangerous!! I take the tape and place the sticky part on my arm to diminish the sticky power of the tape first. Them slide the tape gently with no stopping!! sticky side down across the surface pressing with my fingers on the tape gently. The tape picks up the surface dirt and can clean a soft porous cover pretty well. The danger is if your press too hard, or stop moving the tape smoothly, the tape WILL tear the paper!! So practice this on some junk covers before doing it to a good cover that you want cleaner.