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Old 06/28/05, 06:15 AM
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What's the best way to remove old adhesive?

I have an old exterior door with etched window that I have had in storage for several years. I brought it from an old house that was being torn down but before transporting I ran several strips of duct tape across the window. It has been left in storage that way for quit a while.

Well I'm trying to cut down on the clutter and thought I would put the door up for sell but the adhesive on back of the tape is dried on the window. I don't want to use a scraper for fear of scratching up the etched window. What would be the best thing to use to remove it?

I also have a recurve bow that has camoflage duct tape on it too. It has been on the bow for several years and is dry also.

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Old 06/28/05, 06:37 AM
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I was told that WD40 would remove adhesives. Rubbing alcohol will also remove adhesives. Someone sent me an email with all kinds of tips for using WD40 which is quite surprising. I will try to find it and post it.

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Old 06/28/05, 06:39 AM
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i have also heard wd40 and alchohol

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Nothing works better than Goo Gone. You should be able to find it anywhere.

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I have used goo gone, alcohol, lighter fluid, gasoline, and simple green (takes a bit of scrubbing with that though). You just need to be careful about getting some of those on wood and some paints as they can dull the finish, strip the paint, etc.

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Old 06/28/05, 07:08 AM
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When we got the Cherokee back from the impound, they'd covered it with wax pencil numbers. We tried scraping and alcohol, but nothing worked until I whipped out the can of <drum roll> WD40! (Had to clean that off with Windex...)

I've used WD40 to take off old dried up glue/tape, crayon, gum, you name it.

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Old 06/28/05, 07:12 AM
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My vote goes for WD-40, too. Not only does it remove adhesive, but it makes for a fantastic cologne!

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Old 06/28/05, 09:20 AM
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The orange oil cleaners work good on adhesives.

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Old 06/28/05, 09:35 AM
 
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3M makes all different types of adhesives for their tapes. 3M also makes a product called Citrus Cleaner. It comes in a spray can and works great on glass and metal to remove the adhesive. It will etch clear plastic.

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WD-40 without a doubt.

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Old 06/28/05, 12:32 PM
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The problem with WD-40...

The problem with WD-40 is that it contains oil, and it can leave oil-stains. If that's a consideration, then what I know as Shellite and I believe you know as Coleman fuel does a very good job, and doesn't leave any residue.

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Old 06/28/05, 12:44 PM
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When I was running a bookstore we used lighter fluid to remove adhesive from the covers of books. It took the sticky right off and left the print!

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There's a product called OOPS! that you get at the paint store. It will even remove dried latex paint.

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I vote for goo gone. I always swore by WD-40 for cleaning off gunk but goo gone seems to work better for me.

Am I the only one here that actually owns a one of the gallon can of WD-40? Or the only one who got far too excited when they introduced the "Smart Straw"?

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Old 06/29/05, 10:40 AM
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Thanks everyone, I have both WD 40 and Coleman fuel to give it a try with. If they don't work then the next time I'm in town I'll buy some of that Goo-gone stuff.

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My partner is a nurse and we have a huge supply of "remove" and "allkare" which are adhesive removers used for removing the adhesive from bandaging and such. However, I've used it for removing my nailpolish, glue left on walls, tape gunk etc.... It's amazing.

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Another thing you can try is a product from AVON - Skin So Soft oil.

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Old 07/03/05, 08:34 PM
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I use corn oil to remove adhesive all the time. Then I use water and dish soap to remove the corn oil.

Just put the corn oil on, let it stand a few hours, then wash it off. Works every time.

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Hairspray will remove most anything. We have used it on glue with good results.

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Industrial Stength Acetone, for the glass.

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A product called "Goof-off."

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mineral spirits

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Best stuff to remove anything like adhesive or anything that contains hydrocarbons of any sorts is Dupont 3919 Prep-Sol.

This is the stuff used to clean cars before they are painted in auto body repair shops. They have it all, bugs, road tar and all the rest of the stuff out there in the real World including adhesive from tapes, etc.

Prep-Sol takes it all off without scrubbing, is non-toxic I don't even wear gloves. Just about anything that can be stuck on comes off by just wetting and wiping. Can get some at any auto body repair shop or supply stores that supply the auto body repair trade. Should be < $10 for a gallon.

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good call Cosmic, forgot all about that stuff, its been years since I painted our cars. just be carefull not to get it on anything you like cause it actually etches paint. good luck.

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good call Cosmic, forgot all about that stuff, its been years since I painted our cars. just be carefull not to get it on anything you like cause it actually etches paint. good luck.
kmaproperties, I don't think it etches paint. What you are probably seeing is the dulling effect the removal of everything on the surface can bring but that will buff out. If the car is waxed that can fool you into thinking the paint is being effected. One of the prime uses is to easily remove all that wax over a large area. It just sucks up any hydrocarbon like a vacuum. Nothing else will strip wax so easy or cheap.

If used on something like an appliance, you don't see the dulling effect. I used it to remove the gum from a tape / tag on a dishwasher that would have been a bear with anything else. Also used it on a job, where we had to degrease metal kitchen cabinets before spray painting them in place. I use it for all cleaning jobs as the prime method. It doesn't leave a film. Even use it to clean my trackball mouse.
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Thanks cosmic, thats good to know cause I'll use it on more projects now that I know it isn't hurting the finish. thanks again

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If you are really cheap you can just use orange peels - the peel side down. Just be careful not to stain the wood part with orange color.

Marlene

P.S. I cringe at the idea of using man-made chemicals on anything we wish to protect.

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Old 07/11/05, 09:09 PM
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Peanut butter works, too. Just spread it on and wait for a day or two. It doesn't run either.

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de-solv-it

The best!!!! get it at wal-mart
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Old 07/12/05, 01:57 PM
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advance auto parts and auto zone carry a spray can to remove old bumper stickers etc it ---rks on tape like that. i taped windows before a hurrican once and it took it right off.

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