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Removing duct tape residue Answered

Does anybody know of an effective way to remove the residue left from gaffa tape that wont melt plastics or harm electrics? I recently got an old keyboard that covered with it. (there is a lot of the stuff)

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I read the comments in here before embarking upon my daughter-in-law's bunch of curtain rods that she wrapped with duct tape when moving, then stored them in a 100 degree + storage facility. The tape adhesive was welded to each rod. The only highly effective remedy was WD-40 and cheese cloth. I sprayed the cheese cloth with WD-40 and simply rubbed till every molecule of glue was gone. 1-10 on effort, about a 4. Easy. Posting this to help others!

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mlemi

7 years ago

Mayonnaise works great!! I have 3 boys that love to hog tie each other, mayonnaise is safe and effective on the skin.

stunned amazement! It works!

For the really hard stuff, dab with mayonnaise and scrape 4 times with finger nail. Repeat until it's gone..

For the old tape, spray WD40, leave in hot sun for 10 minutes . It goes soft and can be pealed off.

Wow... It worked. Thank you mlemi

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Juklop

10 years ago

Have you tried magic?

I foundscratchingwithmyfingernailtogetitstartedworkedreallywellthenonceihadalittleballofresidueicouldusethattoruboffmoreresidueandthebiggeritgottheeasiertoscrapeoffmoreresidueontoit

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JM1999

4 years ago

blue tac should work!

lacquer thinner

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VIRON

10 years ago

Can you get "Goo Gone"(tm) ?

If I wished to spend money I could, however I dont think you can get that over in these isles.

I tried nail polish remover on duck tape residue but it did not work. Then I tried break cleaner and the residue wiped clean! It was super easy!

"The Best Cleaner Ever" by ScraPerfect. This is 100% safe for people and the environment and it's a solvent. No fumes or smell, either and safe for hands, children and pets. It removes adhesive and ALSO cleans paint, ink --even Sharpie markers!

Here's a video showing a woman removing tape from her wood floors: http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=vqI-3IhltEQ

I have used eucalyptus oil to remove duct tape residue from a polyurethaned wood floor. the polyurethane surface was unaffected. For convenience, I used a spray can, Bosisto's Parrot Brand Australian Eucalyptus Oil. It is helpful to leave the oil on the residue for a few minutes to let it soften, then rub with a cloth (not a paper towel, they fall apart).

If the glue is still a bit soft then put a blob of vegetable oil on it and place a small piece of tissue on top to stop it spreading too far. Leave it for an hour or so. The oil can soften the glue and reduce it's stickiness.

Does anyone know how to remove imprints from hard plastic without damaging or smudging it.

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gmoon

10 years ago

WD-40 works well for removing adhesive, also. I've never tried with old, dried stuff, tho.

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zieak

10 years ago

De-Solve-It works better on residues like this than Goo Gone does in my experience. Acetone may work for you also. since it is on electronics you won't be able to just apply it and let it soak in and then scrub it off 20 minutes later. You should wet a cotton rag with it and scrub.

Acetone eats plastic really really fast and poops out nasty gooeyness. Naptha is slower at eating plastic but it's basically very similar to gasoline, petrol, octane, whateveryacallit that most cars run on. I'd try the alcohol or cooking oil first.

I DONT want to harm plastic, that needs to be intact

Oops. My bad. I meant to say rubbing alcohol.

Big Kev's goo remover works pretty well if you're in Aussieland.

I heard Nail Polish Remover takes away tape residue pretty well.

lighter fluid for zippos like zippo fluid ronsonol naptha whatever works really well just dont light it

The best solvent I've used for any adhesive residue is Naphtha (Lighter Fluid). It works instantly 100% of the time.

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westfw

10 years ago

What does a surprisingly good job on some types of adhesive residue is oil (like cooking oil.) Of course, you then need to clean off the oil with (say) soapy water, so it may not be the best thing for electronics...

Have you tried rubbing alcohol or nail polish remover?