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lambert
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PostPosted: Fri Jan 12, 2018 6:53 am    Post subject: Old gaffer tape residue Reply with quote

Because it was obviously a good idea at the time a liberal amount of black gaffer tape was applied to the interior plastics of my car. This would have been about 7 years ago. Since then the fabric part has long departed leaving a hard dry and I suspect molecularly bonded white residue, and I want it off. Wd40 doesn't touch it. Neither does petrol. Nor brake clean. Or even citrus oven cleaner. The only thing that sort of gets it off is autoglym tar remover but that also lifts the colour out of the plastic! What other than new plastic trim do I have as an option to clean it up?
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PostPosted: Fri Jan 12, 2018 9:07 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

First thought was white spirit -- which I've used in the past - failing that acetone which again might take the colour out, but the colour may have been taken out by the gaffer tape in the first place?
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PostPosted: Fri Jan 12, 2018 10:48 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

At this point I'm open to try anything even if it causes a bit of extra time recolouring the plastic with trim wax. I'm even considering just spraying it black and forgetting about it but for the fact I would know it was still tyere just covered over. Will get some acetone and give it a go. Cheers.
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PostPosted: Fri Jan 12, 2018 11:10 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Nick SWMBO's nail varnish remover, that is acetone.

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PostPosted: Fri Jan 12, 2018 11:56 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Good idea. Proof of concept with no outlay, like that.
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PostPosted: Fri Jan 12, 2018 1:29 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Nail varnish remover has moisteriser in it so will leave an oily film - acetone can be obtained from a pharmacy cheaply - I got some from Tesco in store Pharmacy...
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PostPosted: Fri Jan 12, 2018 2:06 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Good to know. Thanks.
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PostPosted: Wed Mar 28, 2018 7:40 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hi,

Try some aerosol "sticky stuff remover" (available from Amazon and others).

we use it at work for removing, erm sticky labels Smile

I used it on my D2 when my leaky sunroof 'repair' failed...

It may take a couple of applications but it will remove the dried residue, more than likely, without damaging the surface.

Good luck!

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PostPosted: Wed Mar 28, 2018 8:19 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

jojo wrote:
Nick SWMBO's nail varnish remover, that is acetone.

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I've always used acetone. Or nail varnish remover.

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PostPosted: Thu Mar 29, 2018 8:44 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Nightbar wrote:
jojo wrote:
Nick SWMBO's nail varnish remover, that is acetone.

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I've always used acetone. Or nail varnish remover.


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