Shrek packaging - a warning

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  1. Carl Bradshaw

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    Okay, this may be pretty anal but I don't like stickers on my DVD cases. Shrek comes with an 'XBox competition card' stuck the the disc cover, and when I peeled off the card there was another piece of plastic on the cover, a sort of backing with sticky edges.
    My attempts to remove this piece have so far resulted in a total mess, it comes off in tiny strips and leaves an adhesive surface behind, guaranteeing the DVD will pick up dirt and stick to others in your collection.
    Advice from people who have successfully removed this appreciated (or somewhere to buy slimline double DVD cases)!
     
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    So now Micro$oft is responsible for ruining DVD cases as well! Yet another reason to hate M$... [​IMG]
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  3. Dan Brecher

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    Ugh, that fu**ing sticker!
    Here's what I did. After I peeled off the booklet and won a free ice cream, I peeled off the undercoat layer which the sticker leaves behind which in turn then leaves that ghastly sticky mess on the front of the box. For that, I took to dowsing the tip of a tissue in warm water and gently removing the sticky stuff. Have patience, but you can do it.
    Dan (UK)
    PS: Also worth warning that it is VERY easy to damage the booklet when you flip back the holder for disc 1 inside the box, which is a new disc hinge, not like the ones seen in Gladiator, Cast Away or Phantom Menace.
     
  4. Blu

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    Denatured Alcohol will remove anything sticky and messy.
     
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    I DESPISE stickers on the actual case for just this reason. But with that in mind there is a very practical solution - a product called De-Solv-it Sticky Stuff Remover from a company called Ross. It comes in a 125mL bottle with a blue and yellow label. I picked mine up at Office Depot for a couple of bucks and it works brilliantly at removing adhesive residue (off anything). If you are going to use this on a keepcase I would suggest you take the slipcover out first just to be safe.
    Until studios stop this practice this is an entirely effective solution.
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    I haven't encountered this particular sticky-goo situation (didn't order Shrek), but in general, plain old lighter fluid is an excellent solvent for removing sticker residue.
    There's also a citrus-based commercial product called "Goo Gone" which I've heard other people swear by.
    doug
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    WD-40 works, as well. Spray on, let soak for 5 minutes, wipe off. Repeat if needed.
    -Scott
     
  9. Hayes Preston

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    I'll second Goo Gone, I've used it to remove the adhesive left behind on the AOL snappers I keep getting in the mail. Works like a charm and doesn't harm the case at all.
     
  10. Carl Bradshaw

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    Thanks for all the advice! My copy of Shrek now sports an almost perfect cover - just a shame we have to go through all this in the first place, especially when the DVD is so great!
     
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    Thanks for the tips. Mi Shrek case has also this adhesive residue, and it looks bad.
    The reason why studios put this kind of stickers on the actual case, and not over the plastic covering, is that you have to tear open this plastic so you can see if you won something. If not, people would open stickers at the store until they find their free Xbox.
     
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    I'll 3rd Goo-Gone... it works like a charm! (Also great for removing stickers from new kitchen utensils!) [​IMG]
    Good luck
    Chris.
     
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    Thanks for the heads up. I will remove very carefully. Lucky for me, I have some roller cleaner (cleans surfaces of rubber rollers) that quickly removes the glue.
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    A bit off-topic: how is everybody getting Shrek early? Was it released already in England? Last I heard the release date was Nov. 6th.
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    I'm just thinking about switching the Mask of Zorro SE to a single disc case(disc one of course) and using that case to put Shrek in. Then, I'll just go skeet shooting with the P&S Zorro disc. [​IMG]
    Might be an option for those with the Mask of Zorro Special Edition.
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    I was interested in finding Goo Gone so I did a google search and found this link: Goo Gone
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    I made a right mess of the case - due to the remaining strips being very stubborn, there are around 4 small but annoying marks imbedded in the plastic where my finger nail attempted to peel the strips away. I think I'll be looking to purchase a new 2 disc keepcase in the near future! Anybody recommend a good outlet in the UK?
     
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    Well, I'm still left with a mess.
    Getting the adhesive off will be a piece of cake, if I can ever get to that point. The sticker itself has a death-grip on the plastic underneath; I've already slightly damaged the underlying case with my fingernail in 3 or 4 areas. My sticker is peeling off, here and there, in VERY small strips. So..what I have is: damage to the plastic case, strips of exposed adhesive, and pieces of as-yet unremoved sticker.
    If your only issue was with the sticky-goo, consider yourself fortunate.
    I like the lighter fluid idea. I will use it - along with a lit match - once I get a replacement case [​IMG]
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    Well ... if you used the lighter fluid before
    you tried to rip off the sticker, then you
    would not have had this problem.
    Although, I do love the idea of the match as well.
     

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