Does anyone know an effective way to remove duct tape residue? I have a car I bought that has a tear in it and the previous owner put black duct tape over the tear. The tape is coming off and I can see the white stick um underneath. The top is original that I would like to keep if at all possible. This is the only problem with the top. The tear is about 6 or 7 inches but the tape is about 10 inches long. Not sure if the tear is repairable the proper way if the stick um is removed, but I would like to try anyway. So, any ideas would be greatly appreciated.
This works well.
Second choice would be "goo gone".
I had a bunch of aluminum parts taped together that had been out
in the weather for a long time, Attempting to remove the layers of
duct tape left the glue and the strands of fibre stuck firmly to the parts.
My usual methods of WD40, gasoline or camp gas had no effect on it,
so tried a squirt of Vandalism Remover and it came right off.
Not sure of the brand name or if it would make a mess of porous material,
but had previously used it sparingly on hard plastic and had no problems.
Solvo-plast (sp?) as used in hospitals for bandage residue removal is another option. It's potent, comes in a glass bottle.
There's also "Goof-off", and how about laquer thinner?
Also, "Goo B Gone", also. Its supposedly citrus based.
If the tape is still on the top, take a hair drier and heat it as you slowly remove it. It should be easier to remove and more residue will remain on the tape instead of the surface.
I've found the denatured alcohol usually works best to remove tape and price tag residue without hurting the surface.
Acetone works too but it's more aggressive and, depending on the material, can harm the surface.
Lacquer thinner may work, but it also may damage some painted surfaces. Whatever you use, try it first in some hidden spot to be sure it won't hurt anything.
VM&P Naptha or "Goof-Off" should work too.
Or eucalyptus oil.
Allan from down under.
Sometimes good ol' Acetone will work without damaging surfaces, and evaporates quickly leaving no residue.
I have a variety of solvents in the shop. It's amazing how some cut some things and other cut other things the first ones wouldn't touch. If it's on something I'm afraid the solvent may damage, I carefully try it in a small un-noticeable spot. My 'collection' includes naphtha, mineral spirits, turpentine, denatured alcohol, acetone, lacquer thinner, enamel reducer, Zippo lighter fluid, the 3M stuff pictured above and probably some others I can't remember off the bat. I think someone already suggested it, but for the tape residue, I would probably start with the naphtha.
WD 40, about all it is good for other than putting on motor cycle handlebar grips. KGB
The tape residue looks on the hard side and has been on the top a long time. The tape is separating from the top. Is any of the mentioned products good on the white stick um that is on the hard side?
Thanks for all the responses.
I don't think it matters of the residue is hard/dry.
I like to use denatured alcohol for tape residue as previously mentioned.
Lighter fluid is what we use in the optical trade to remove gum from eyeglass frames. I've als used wd40 and it works well. What is the residue on ???
The residue is on the original top material of a 2 door coupe.
Naptha, AKA lighter fluid. A very good and safe solvent. Weak, but powerful at the same time so that it will remove adhesive while not affecting the underlying surface in the least. Very quick evaporation time. So good is it, that I use it to restore books, documents and original product boxes that have been repaired in the distant past with unsightly tape. It softens, then removes the old hardened yellow tape and tape adhesive without affecting the delicate pages or graphics, then the repairs can be re-done properly such as on original product boxes with interesting graphics the repairs can be done from the inside. I have also used Naptha to remove duct tape adhesive from the original vinyl top of '26 my Fordor. Jim Patrick
PS You may want to cover the residue with several layers of paper towels then pour on the Naptha until saturated so that it won't evaporate so fast that it has no time to soften the residue. Keep the paper towels wet until the residue is soft, then wipe off.
I would not use lacquer thinner or other hot solvents such as xylene, MEK or acetone, as they will attack the vinyl. You won't notice it right away but the vinyl will eventually start developing hairline cracks and then split. I learned the hard way when cleaning paint off of my vinyl athletic shoes. Jim Patrick