What to use to get stickers off of RAM sticks?
January 5, 2009 1:02 PM   Subscribe

I have a shoebox full of RAM sticks that I want to make some art out of. What should I use to soak the stickers off?

That's pretty much it; lots of obsolete desktop and laptop RAM modules that would look nice covering the fridge or a file cabinet (I'm thinking glue gun & minimagnets). But I want to get all the manufacturer's adhesive stickers off cleanly, without discoloring or otherwise dissolving the modules themselves.

Anyone recommend a solvent or favorite goop?
posted by bartleby to Sports, Hobbies, & Recreation (11 answers total)
I've had great success removing stickers with "Goo Gone". Never tried it on RAM, but I doubt there would be any problems.
posted by jjb at 1:06 PM on January 5, 2009

You can peel the stickers off and Zippo lighter fluid (or Ronsonol or something similar) does wonders for disintegrating the sticker goo. It shouldn't discolor anything.
posted by fantastico at 1:11 PM on January 5, 2009 [1 favorite]

If you have any PC100/133 laptop memory that is >256 can you memail me :)
posted by [@I][:+:][@I] at 1:26 PM on January 5, 2009

posted by cdmwebs at 1:36 PM on January 5, 2009

Old RAM chips make excellent keychains.
posted by camworld at 1:37 PM on January 5, 2009 [1 favorite]

Seconding Goo Gone.

Apply, rub, and then let it sit for about 10 mins. The stick and all the residue will come right off.
posted by zephyr_words at 2:02 PM on January 5, 2009

Lighter Fluid, much better than Goo Gone in my opinion.
posted by DJWeezy at 2:16 PM on January 5, 2009

Naptha. It's cheap, removes stickiness quickly, and evaporates away, leaving you nothing to clean up. I think it's the same thing as lighter fluid, but is much cheaper and comes in bigger cans.
posted by cosmicbandito at 2:29 PM on January 5, 2009

2nd camworld. I have an ancient 30 pin stick that is on my keychain right now.

but yeah, either lighter fluid or goo gone will do the job.
posted by ArgentCorvid at 2:35 PM on January 5, 2009

rubbing alcohol, the higher the percentage the better (90% +). Do a sample test first.

I've never tried letting a sticker soak in this stuff, because i usually use it to remove glue residue. Worth a try though.

But in all honesty...goo gone is your best bet.
posted by FusiveResonance at 3:04 PM on January 5, 2009

Best answer: If you want to play it ultra safe to start with I'd use a heat gun before using chemical. You're not worried about heat damage to the internals of the chips since they'll never be used again.

On the chemical side of things, I second using a solvent like light fluid. Goo gone is great, but there seems to be some oil in it and I always have the hardest time getting the residue off.
posted by JFitzpatrick at 4:42 PM on January 5, 2009

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