Introduction: Easy Way to Remove Sticky Tape Residue & Adhesive

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Need to remove sticky tape? Get rid of unwanted sticker residue or sticker glue adhesive in a snap without hard work or scraping! I've always had trouble getting old tape residue off a surface of an object or project. So here is one way to remove sticky adhesive label residue from metal, wood, plastic, even wood flooring. Maybe you have some icky sticky residue or glue left on your glass window from old masking tape or something similar. I had a bottle of tiki torch oil/fuel sitting in the garage and thought I'd give it a shot. It worked so well I thought I'd share my results for how I safely and easily removed the sticky adhesive residue left from old duct tape and sticker labels that always seem to stay put. It seems safe enough to use on car paint but I'd be sure and always test a spot so none of your projects and stuff get damaged first. I have also used WD-40, goof off, and goo gone and they all work but the oil seemed to work easier for me in this instance. Another tip is to moisten the sticky area with a damp cloth and try acetone nail polish remover. Word of caution though when I tried the acetone and goo gone on this project it took the paint off so it really is important to always test a little spot out of the way. I have also used olive oil and other more natural products and it works but it seems even after letting it sit to need a lot of work scrubbing. I am definitely a believer in using oil and lighter fluid now. The glue seemed to wipe and roll away right off the surface. It worked like a pro strength remover that cuts through the toughest spots and stains quickly. It removed quickly what ordinary cleaners can't handle or take forever. I'm going to use it to eliminate all my costly messes and mistakes around the garage, workshop and home from now on. It works faster and better than other removers I have tried.

Check out the results we had in the video above and follow along with the written steps.


  • Citronella Torch Fuel With Lemongrass Oil (Something Similar)
  • Terry Cloth Rag (Something Simular)
  • Water
  • Cleaner (Optional)

Step 1: Step 1: Testing Different Products & Methods

I was removing large pieces of old tape used as labels on a metal cart and noticed they left a lot of adhesive behind. First I tried using Goof Off product and after letting it sit for a minute I was surprised to noticed the paint wiping away with the residue. I then tried a little bit of Acetone and got the same results. It would either take the paint all the way off or dull down the paint finish quite a bit. I tried scraping the goo residue off with a razor blade and scraper but it just seems to spread it around and scratch the paint. I also tried a little Olive Oil from the kitchen but after much scrubbing gave up on it. I didn't have any WD40 to try but had some Tiki Torch Fuel and thought I'd give it a shot.

Step 2: Step 2: Using Tiki Torch Fuel/Oil

Using a Terry Cloth I applied the Tiki Fuel to all the tape residue areas letting it sit for a minute. I worked all the way around the cart. I started lightly wiping the first spot and was surprised to find it lifting away with the greatest of ease and without taking any paint off.

Step 3: Step 3: Clean Area

After all the tape residue is removed it's a good idea to dilute and clean the fuel off the surface. You can use a wet rag with or without dish soap or a surface cleaner of some kind. Now you have a residue free surface.