(Topic ID: 265348)

How to remove this rock hard masking tape


By gjm

55 days ago



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#1 55 days 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 55 days ago

Warm, soapy water ?

#3 55 days ago

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

#4 55 days ago

hair dryer / heat gun

#5 55 days ago

Baby oil?
Vasoline?

Awesome bought at Dollar Tree

Let everyone know what works without ruining the apron.

#6 55 days 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 55 days ago

Goof off

#8 55 days ago

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

#9 55 days ago

Goo gone.

#10 55 days ago

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

#11 54 days ago

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

#12 54 days ago

70% Alcohol

#13 54 days 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 54 days ago
Quoted from KenLayton:

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

Correct. WD40 is an excellent adhesive remover.

#15 54 days 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 54 days 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 54 days 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 54 days ago

Sorry for the double post

#19 54 days 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 54 days 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 54 days 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 54 days ago
Quoted from KenLayton:

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

Excellent call!! Will remember this tip

#23 54 days 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 54 days 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 54 days ago

This stuff is the worst.

#26 54 days 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 53 days ago
Quoted from gjm:

Sorry for the double post

No worries. It's like being thanked twice!

#28 53 days 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 53 days 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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