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Old 09-25-2007, 01:48 PM   #1
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There is old black tape, looks like 2" wide electrical tape, around my Ventura. I would like to pull it all off & remove the old, thick yellow glue.
Does anyone know of a good product or home recipe that will do the trick? Many thanks, Colleen

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Old 09-25-2007, 03:17 PM   #2
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Is the glue hard?
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Old 09-25-2007, 04:49 PM   #3
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Try some De-solve it. I think it is citrus based. I buy it at the local Wal-mart. Works for a lot of things.

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Old 09-25-2007, 05:11 PM   #4
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There is a product called Goo Gone. It is fantastic for removing anything that is sticky. It is available at most hardware stores. Yours in Bolering. Jim
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Old 09-25-2007, 05:55 PM   #5
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GooGone, Oops and similar products can damage the finish on certain kinds of plastic and wood finishes. I would test it first. Same with any acetone products.

Sometimes olive oil and a plastic dish scrubby will work on soft adhesive. That's the best way to go if it works, because it won't damage anything.

For a hardened adhesive, use a plastic putty knife from the hardware store paint section. If it doesn't chip off easily, warm it with a hairdryer.
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Old 09-25-2007, 08:16 PM   #6
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i used a hair dryer to remove the scamp stripes and logo from mine.the little glue that was left i used paint thinner. i have used it to remove several types of glue from auto finishes.do not use acetone.its to strong.
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Old 09-26-2007, 10:26 PM   #7
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Is the glue hard?
Very! Not tacky at all. It's yellow, & of course 2" wide.

I have goo gone, but I know it won't touch this mess.
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Old 09-26-2007, 10:31 PM   #8
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GooGone, Oops and similar products can damage the finish on certain kinds of plastic and wood finishes. I would test it first. Same with any acetone products.

Sometimes olive oil and a plastic dish scrubby will work on soft adhesive. That's the best way to go if it works, because it won't damage anything.

For a hardened adhesive, use a plastic putty knife from the hardware store paint section. If it doesn't chip off easily, warm it with a hairdryer.
I like the plastic putty knife idea. Why didn't I think of that!

Many thanks to all, Colleen
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Old 10-04-2007, 06:19 PM   #9
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Automotive autobody suppliers have a "stripe eraser" that goes on the end of a drill. It is basically a round rubber eraser that, when applied spinning to a stripe, peels the whole thing away without damaging the paint underneath. It's way cleaner than any gooey products and you could likely have the job done in about 1/2 hour.

I have used this product on vehicles with 20 year old stripes that are all hard and brittle and it works like a charm - no glue left behind at all. It works just as well on newer stripes.

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Old 10-04-2007, 09:27 PM   #10
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Automotive autobody suppliers have a "stripe eraser" that goes on the end of a drill. It is basically a round rubber eraser that, when applied spinning to a stripe, peels the whole thing away without damaging the paint underneath. It's way cleaner than any gooey products and you could likely have the job done in about 1/2 hour.

I have used this product on vehicles with 20 year old stripes that are all hard and brittle and it works like a charm - no glue left behind at all. It works just as well on newer stripes.

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just keep your speed down to the slowest necessary to remove the stripe and adhesive. Higher speeds create heat and you risk "re-activating" the glue.
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Old 10-05-2007, 07:01 AM   #11
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GooGone, Oops and similar products can damage the finish on certain kinds of plastic and wood finishes. I would test it first. Same with any acetone products.
Acetone is a preferred solvent on gel-coat. It does a great job of cleaning just about anything off of it. Obviously, of course, it also dissolves or mars plastics on contact, so when you use it, make sure you don't splash any onto plastic trim, logos, or striping.

You'll need to determine what base your adhesive uses to figure out what best to use on it. If it's gooey at all, goo-gone, acetone, or another solvent will work well. For a hard, set adhesive your choices may be more limited and a mechanical remover like Kevin mentioned may be your only option. Check your home improvement store for thick adhesive removers that will cling and penetrate the stuff.

If you figure out something that works well, please report back so we can all share it!

Good luck!

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I used fingernail polish remover (acetone) on my Scamp's plexiglass windows to remove some decades old stickers. Took some scrubbing with a plastic dish scrubby, but got them off eventually .... with NO HARM to the window.
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