How I removed my old Paytm FASTag from my car's windshield

Being an OCD person, I did not want the old FASTag to leave marks or glue residue on the windshield of my Jeep Compass.

BHPian ramnaresh_2000 recently shared this with other enthusiasts.

Paytm Fastag Update

Just like everyone in the forum using Paytm fastag, I was also unsure if it would work after 29th Feb'24. Many reports and news articles suggested that it would work, but again they said I cannot recharge after the 29th, why live in so much uncertainty? Ordered my HDFC Fastag, the process was seemingly easy, everything was done online.

Applied from their website, video KYC was done. Received the new Fastag within 2 business days of ordering via Bluedart.

Closed the old Paytm fastag from their app, got the refund, transferred the amount to my bank account and removed the Paytm app. Bye bye Paytm, you have served me well, especially during demonetization and Covid lockdown.

Now comes the painful part of removing the old Fastag. Being an OCD person, I did not want the old fastag to leave marks or glue residue.

Followed below steps:

Step 1: Remove the old fastag, I was successful in removing only 50%, rest was stuck to the windshield. Tried to scrape with nails, but no luck, the glue was strong.

Step 2: Leave the vehicle in scorching sunlight for 1 hour.

Step 3: Keep below items handy

  • Microfiber towel
  • WD40 spray
  • Razor shaving blade

Lord Ganesh idol to give you strength and courage

Step 4: Spray the WD40 over the Fastag from inside, scrape the Fastag slowly (make sure you do not cut your fingers in the process). Scrape with light pressure from the edges. As you scrape, spray a little bit of WD40.

Step 5: Make sure to clean the windshield as you progress, to ensure no scratches during the scraping. Continue scraping until the complete residue is gone. Clean the windshield with a microfiber cloth.

Step 6: Wash off the microfiber cloth with detergent soap to remove any glue residue from it.

Like it was never there, old Paytm Fastag gone, hello HDFC Fastag

Step 7: Pat yourself on the back for 15 minutes well spent.

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