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Old 01-05-2009, 12:32 PM   #1
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Packing tape stuck to my bambi

I am having a hard time with old packing tape stuck to the sides of A.S. Any good solvent? this stuff is really bonded!

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Old 01-05-2009, 01:11 PM   #2
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Assumption> 1963 = no clearcoat

First, try using Bestine it's a rubber cement thinner/solvent - it can be found at Home Depot &/or art supply stores.

If that doesn't work, try Permatex Gasket Remover which is a more aggressive which can be found at Napa or any auto supply store. Becareful though, this stuff is like Aircraft stripper - it'll burn your skin on contact.

I wouldn't use either on a clearcoated trailer...


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Old 01-05-2009, 01:16 PM   #3
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I have had some success with 3-M Adhesive remover in the red and white spray can...and WD-40.....and patience.
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Old 01-05-2009, 01:31 PM   #4
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WD-40 is a solvent and will work very well and leave no trace or damage.
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I'd go with water displacement forty, like duck tape, it works on everything. Really it does.


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Old 01-05-2009, 03:42 PM   #6
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I had residual glue left on my outer skins when I took the pinstripes off my Safari. The factory suggested plain mineral spirits. It worked and if it worked as well on my more sensitive coated skins, I think it would be mild enough to use on your vintage unit as well.
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Old 01-05-2009, 07:27 PM   #7
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If the packing tape is the plastic type, it may take a while for the adhesive removers to work. You can heat the tape up with a hair blow dryer. Hold it there for about a minute before starting. This will soften the adhesive enough to peel slowly. Carefully start lifting a corner up with a razor blade. Don't scrap like removing stickers from glass. The heat will hurt so be careful. Then use adhesive remover for the leftover residual. The appliance repair facility I used to work for does this to remove the model & serial number labels from scrapped units.
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Old 01-05-2009, 08:15 PM   #8
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I also second the 'heat gun' route...I used on to get all the 30 year old stripes off our AS...

I also used these plastic scrapers that I got from Harbor Freight...

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These scrapers will protect the alum panels...don't get them too close to the heat gun, or you'll soften the chisel points...of course, when cooled down you can grind them 'sharp' again.
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Old 01-05-2009, 10:41 PM   #9
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I use gasket remover. It works great getting old PO silicone seal off. Don't let it linger on the aluminum for long. After you have gotten the offending sticky stuff off clean the aluminum with mineral spirits NOT lacquer thinner. Graffitti Remover works good to. You can find that at janitorial supply places.
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Old 01-06-2009, 02:29 PM   #10
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Thanks a lot i will try the heat gun next....thank you for the help!!!
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Old 01-06-2009, 03:26 PM   #11
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WD 40 works for duct tape and that stuff is ugly to get off, so packing tape should come off. It's relatively benign and you can't burn yourself with it.

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Old 01-07-2009, 11:04 AM   #12
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I agree - try wd-40 first. No downsides to its use.

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Old 01-07-2009, 01:15 PM   #13
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One more solvent that works is a product called Un-DU adhesive remover. Gentle enough for photographs but pretty effective even on stubborn stuffl.
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Old 01-07-2009, 04:05 PM   #14
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We have dealt in books for around fifteen years, and have had to remove all types of stickers, tape and price tags. Every type of glue adhesive reacts differently from the others when a certain solvent is applied. I have seen WD40 spray lube used to remove price stickers from professional cookware, but this would never work for books.

The solvents that seemed to work for us on books are OOPS! (Low odor formula all purpose remover), Goof Off (The Ultimate Remover), and Detachol Adhesive Remover.

What ever the solvent that you use, it will take a few minutes for the adhesive to soften, and if one doesnt work, try another. Dont use a tool harder than plastic to scrape at the tapes adhesive. If the tape is plastic, the solvent will not soften the glue through the plastic film. Pull off the tape, best as you can, to expose the glue.

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