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How to remove this rock hard masking tape

By gjm

1 year ago


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#1 1 year ago

My Gottlieb Card Whiz has this rock solid piece of masking tape stuck on the apron. I have tried Goo Gone with little results, any other helpful suggestions would be appreciated.

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#2 1 year ago

Warm, soapy water ?

#3 1 year ago

Try WD-40 it works for me. Repeat several times.

#4 1 year ago

hair dryer / heat gun

#5 1 year ago

Baby oil?
Vasoline?

Awesome bought at Dollar Tree

Let everyone know what works without ruining the apron.

#6 1 year ago

i would soak for a long while then use a credit card edge to chip away at it.

Warm soapy water as well as goo gone..

#7 1 year ago

Goof off

#8 1 year ago

I wouldn’t recommend that stuff ever, unless you want to repaint it too.

#9 1 year ago

Goo gone.

#10 1 year ago

Old 80s hairdryer. And a plastic putty knife
Which is what I use as a heatgun

#11 1 year ago

One of the few instances where WD-40 is actually useful.

#12 1 year ago

70% Alcohol

#13 1 year ago
Quoted from jasonp:

70% Alcohol

Bad idea. That stuff can damage the paint.

Quoted from KenLayton:

One of the few instances where WD-40 is actually useful.

Agree.

Try this: Cut a piece of paper towel slightly larger than the area you're working on. Spray the piece of paper towel with WD-40 until it's wetted (but not dripping) and lay it flat on top of the area you're trying to clean. Allow to set for 15 to 20 minutes and then try gently to remove the tape with a fingernail, or the edge of a credit card. You many need to let the WD-40 set longer depending on the condition of the adhesive on the tape. Repeat as needed until you can wipe all the adhesive off.

#14 1 year ago
Quoted from KenLayton:

One of the few instances where WD-40 is actually useful.

Correct. WD40 is an excellent adhesive remover.

#15 1 year ago

Peanut butter. Apply a bunch of it making sure you cover the entire area you need removed. Leave it on for a few days. Take a plastic spatula or even an old credit card and it'll get 100% of it off.

#16 1 year ago
Quoted from KenLayton:

One of the few instances where WD-40 is actually useful.</blockquote

Agree.
Try this: Cut a piece of paper towel slightly larger than the area you're working on. Spray the piece of paper towel with WD-40 until it's wetted (but not dripping) and lay it flat on top of the area you're trying to clean. Allow to set for 15 to 20 minutes and then try gently to remove the tape with a fingernail, or the edge of a credit card. You many need to let the WD-40 set longer depending on the condition of the adhesive on the tape. Repeat as needed until you can wipe all the adhesive off.

WD-40 for the win. I did the above procedure with the paper towel, waited about 30 minutes and used a plastic putty knife.
Thanks for all of the suggestions and lucky for me the first one I tried worked.

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#17 1 year ago
Quoted from KenLayton:

One of the few instances where WD-40 is actually useful.

Quoted from girloveswaffles:

Bad idea. That stuff can damage the paint.

Agree.
Try this: Cut a piece of paper towel slightly larger than the area you're working on. Spray the piece of paper towel with WD-40 until it's wetted (but not dripping) and lay it flat on top of the area you're trying to clean. Allow to set for 15 to 20 minutes and then try gently to remove the tape with a fingernail, or the edge of a credit card. You many need to let the WD-40 set longer depending on the condition of the adhesive on the tape. Repeat as needed until you can wipe all the adhesive off.

WD-40 for the win. I did the above procedure with the paper towel, waited about 30 minutes and used a plastic putty knife.
Thanks for all of the suggestions and lucky for me the first one I tried worked.

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#18 1 year ago

Sorry for the double post

#19 1 year ago
Quoted from KenLayton:

One of the few instances where WD-40 is actually useful.

Too funny, I never use this junk for anything anymore--glad there actually is a good use for it.

#20 1 year ago
Quoted from Billy16:

Too funny, I never use this junk for anything anymore--glad there actually is a good use for it.

I don't think I actually own any. I'll have to try some peanut butter on an old operator tag that is stuck on my Blackout.

#21 1 year ago
Quoted from Billy16:

Too funny, I never use this junk for anything anymore--glad there actually is a good use for it.

I was about to post the same exact thing. I have several cans of that stuff that I refuse to put on anything. And I'm all out of Goo-Gone, so this is a win-win!

#22 1 year ago
Quoted from KenLayton:

One of the few instances where WD-40 is actually useful.

Excellent call!! Will remember this tip

#23 1 year ago
Quoted from CubeSnake:

Peanut butter. Apply a bunch of it making sure you cover the entire area you need removed. Leave it on for a few days. Take a plastic spatula or even an old credit card and it'll get 100% of it off.

Creamy, not crunchy, I presume?

Seriously, would pure peanut oil work even better, then, I'm guessing?

(Glad OP found his answer in WD-40.)

#24 1 year ago

Huh...well if peanut butter and WD-40 are interchangeable, maybe there is one more use for the stuff...no, not WD-40 and jelly--but maybe baiting rat traps!

#25 1 year ago

This stuff is the worst.

#26 1 year ago

People that use masking tape for long term anything should be... well, with the current situation I'm going to be kind and say they should be given 30 lashes with a wet noodle.

It's for masking! Not for pissing people off in the future!

#27 1 year ago
Quoted from gjm:

Sorry for the double post

No worries. It's like being thanked twice!

#28 1 year ago
Quoted from DanQverymuch:

Creamy, not crunchy, I presume?
Seriously, would pure peanut oil work even better, then, I'm guessing?
(Glad OP found his answer in WD-40.)

Probably. I don't know how well peanut butter works for tape adhesive, but it is good for removing chewing gum. There's some enzyme in peanuts that break it down.

#29 1 year ago
Quoted from Billy16:

Too funny, I never use this junk for anything anymore--glad there actually is a good use for it.

It is actually not too shabby at rust prevention as it displaces water. Spray it on, leave a while then wipe it off.

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